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Forest garden ideas

Forest gardenEdible forest gardening --- the idea of mimicking natural ecosystems while providing tasty food --- is something I'll probably be talking about a lot here for the next 6 weeks.  I ordered three delicious books through interlibrary loan, and I can already tell that I will be thinking of very little else until I work my way through those 1,000 textbook-sized pages.

My library hasn't managed to find volume 1 of what seems to be the most amazing of the forest gardening books, so I've started with volume 2 of Dave Jacke's Edible Forest Gardens.  I've only flipped through, looking at the pictures, and then read the first 30 pages, but already I can tell that this book will be my new religion.  The ecology is astonishingly sound and detailed --- not just talking about planting flowers to attract beneficial insects, but listing which plants to use to attract which specific beneficials.  The 130 pages of plant lists in the appendices tug at me, making me flip back and forth between lists and text.

Now my mind is whirling with ideas that I will try hard not to put into practice until I read at least a couple of chapters and get more specifics.  But already I'm considering....


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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.



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