Forest Gardens

Forests in nature are stable, productive, and biodiverse. The forest garden
emulates how forests grow, using the same principles. Forest gardens are not
necessary gardens in forestsóone can be established in a small backyardóbut
the model is the same.

The pioneer of forest gardening, Robert Hart, has identified the following seven forest
layers that combine to make a healthy forest ecosystem:

  • Canopy: Trees and shrubs are the backbone of the forest garden. The canopy
    consists of the tallest of these. Fruit trees are a great edible choice
  • Understory (low-tree layer): Dwarf fruit and nut trees.
  • Shrub Layer: Woody plants such as raspberries.
  • Herbaceous Layer: Herbs and perennial vegetables.
  • Vertical Layer: Climbing plants and vines.
  • Ground layer: Groundcover creepers, no more than half a foot tall.
  • Rhizosphere: Root plants such as carrots, beets, and Jerusalem artichokes.

While your forest
matures, your plants will change, just as happens in nature. To find species
native to your region, look in the native plant database at
The Wildflower Center.

 

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Jenny H.
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Jenny H.
Past Member 1 years ago

This text is really worth everyone’s concentration. It sounds really go0o0d. http://www.crepemyrtle.org/

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Danuta Watola
Danuta W4 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Vita Pagh
Vita P4 years ago

Forest Gardens are so basic and beautiful!

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Aud Nordby
Aud n4 years ago

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Lady Kaira
None None4 years ago

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Pinke A.
Pinke A4 years ago

How peaceful place is the one in the picture! I love it!

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra4 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

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Fred Hoekstra
Fred Hoekstra5 years ago

Thank you Annie, for Sharing this!

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Sheri J.
Sheri J5 years ago

We can't afford to make our backyard look like this but we try to have as many plants as possible to reduce pollution. Gorgeous green picture by the way.

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