The idea of an edible forest garden is wild and wonderful. There is something perfect and noble about the idea that I find truly inspirational. Long live edible forest gardens in all their glory!
If you’ve always dreamed of having an edible forest in your garden there’s no better resource than Edible Forest Gardens by Dave Hacke and Eric Toensmeier.
The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.
– Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution
Edible Forest Garden Concept Explained
The first volume is designed to examine the concept of an edible forest garden. It addresses what sort of ecological considerations that you need to take into account when building your edible garden.
The key theme is to create a “polyculture” where each plant provides benefit to the other plants around it. This creates a level of harmony in the garden that delivers true sustainability.
Edible Forest Garden Theory Into Practice
If Volume 1 was all theory, Volume 2 is all about putting the theory into practice.
This shows you how to design your garden, how to make that design a reality and how to care for it in the long-term.
They show you how to produce more than food too – you can get fuels, fibers, fertilizers, fodder, “farmaceuticals” and a lot of fun from a forest garden that is well thought out.
They also cover topics related to natural, organic pesticides that is very useful to protect your garden.
Final Words On The Edible Forest Garden Movement
This is an incredible set which will really help you develop as a gardener. We highly reccommend it!
It is expensive but we’re not sure where else you could find such a wealth of information at this price point. It’s brilliant.
You can find the Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set) online here.
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