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Creating a Forest Garden
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Foreword by Rob Hopkins Introduction Part 1: How forest gardens work 1. Forest gardens 2. Forest garden features and products 3. The effects of climate change 4. Natives and exotics 5. Emulating forest conditions 6. Fertility in forest gardens Part 2: Designing your forest garden 7. Ground preparation and planting 8. Growing your own plants 9. First design steps 10. Designing wind protection 11. Canopy species 12. Designing the canopy layer 13. Shrub species 14. Designing the shrub layer 15. Herbaceous perennial and ground-cover species 16. Designing the perennial/ground-cover layer 17. Annuals, biennials and climbers 18. Designing with annuals, biennials and climbers Part 3: Extra design elements and maintenance 19. Clearings 20. Paths 21. Fungi in forest gardens 22. Harvesting and preserving 23. Maintenance 24. Ongoing tasks Glossary Appendix 1: Propagation tables Appendix 2: Trees and shrubs for hedging and fencing Appendix 3: Plants to attract beneficial insects and bees Appendix 4: Edible crops by month of use Resources: Useful organisations, suppliers and publications

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Filled with helpful tips and beautiful photographs, this guide contains everything you need to create your own forest garden.

About the Author

Martin Crawford has worked in organic agriculture and horticulture for many years. He is director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a charity that researches temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.

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This is a seminal piece of work on truly sustainable gardening, written with great spirit and soul.
*Alys Fowler, TV presenter and author of The Edible Garden*

The ultimate book on the subject… extremely thorough and beautifully illustrated.
*Let's Talk (East Anglia)*

A magnificiently produced tome that is sure to become every forest gardener's horticultural toolkit and bible.
*Grow It!*

Martin has produced a book that is not only visually beautiful but very practical, offering advice on planning, designing, planting and general maintenance.
*Positive News*

Visually stunning with beautiful photography and illustrations, accompanying very informative and well constructed text.
*Self Sufficient-ish Website*

This book offers bountiful food for thought. If you are considering the creation or maintenance of a forest garden, then you would do well to have this book on your shelves.
*Green Prophet*

This book is a must if you are interested in producing food from your garden, becoming more self-sufficient or just curious about plants and their uses.
*The Cottage Gardener*

This seminal piece of work is not only visually enthralling, it's incredibly easy to use. It contains a level of detail and explanation that makes it a must read for anyone who is serious about building a truly sustainable forest.
*WWOOF Ireland*

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