Forest Gardening : Cultivating an Edible Landscape

By Robert Hart - 234 pages - 1996Back To Booksexternal image 51YdHxFchOL._SS500_.jpgdownload for free from ?? (preview)


"An English classic revised and expanded for North America, Forest Gardening is a way of working alongside nature--an approach that results in great productivity with minimal maintenance, and a method for transforming even a small cottage garden into a diverse and inviting habitat for songbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Based on the model of a natural woodland, a forest garden incorporates a wide variety of useful plants, including fruit and nut trees, perennial herbs, and vegetables.
Hart's book beautifully describes his decades of experience gardening in the Shropshire countryside, yet the principles of 'backyard permaculture' he explores can be applied equally well in other locales across the planet, from tropical to temperate zones.
Robert Hart blends history, philosophy, anthropology, and seasonal gardening wisdom in a lucid sequence of essays, which together comprise a remarkable testament to the pleasures of "hands-off" as well as hands-on gardening. Forest Gardening is truly a book for our times, offering a fresh sensibility that will encourage and inspire ecological gardeners throughout the world." (from Amazon)
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Practical features of the book include:
  • An explanation of how plants in different levels or "stories" --from ground covers to full-sized trees--coexist and interact in a healthy and productive landscape.
  • Design guidelines for creating your own perennial, food-producing garden
  • Lists of recommended plants and varieties, keyed to different climates

Table of Contents

  1. Towards a Forest Economy
  2. Unity and Diversity
  3. Health and Wholeness
  4. Personal Pilgrimage
  5. The Wenlock Edge Project
  6. Plant Life: Its Infinite Potentialities
  7. Design and Maintenance
  8. Water and No Water
  9. Stored Up Sunshine: Energy Yesterday and Tomorrow
  10. The Thinking Hand: Skills of the Craftsman
  11. Agroforestry Against World Want
  12. Green is Real
  13. Where Do We Go From Here?

See Also

  1. Quotes from Forest Gardening, by Ecobooks