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ISBN: 9781890132606
Year Added to Catalog: 2005
Book Format: Hardcover
Book Art: full color, charts and illustrations, resources, plant lists, glossary, bibliography, index
Number of Pages: 8 x 10, 396 pages, 672 pages
Book Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Old ISBN: 1890132608
Release Date: November 16, 2005
Web Product ID: 128

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Edible Forest Gardens (2 volume set)

Volume I: Ecological Vision and Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture,
Volume II Ecological Design and Practice for Temperate Climate Permaculture

by Dave Jacke, Eric Toensmeier

Volume I Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures

Introduction: An Invitation to Adventure
What Is an Edible Forest Garden?
Gardening LIKE the Forest vs. Gardening IN the Forest
Where Can You Grow a Forest Garden?
The Garden of Eden: It Sounds Great, But Is It Practical?
An Invitation to Adventure

Part One: Context and Vision

1: The Forest and the Trees
The Primal Forest: A Remembrance
Gardening the Forest
Forest Remnants

  • Feature Article 1: Natives and Exotics: Definitions and Questions

Suburban Ecology
Gardening in the Industrial Image
Lessons Learned

  • Box 1-1: Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor


2: Visions of Paradise
Study of the Household: Ecology Defined
Tales of Mimicry
Advantages of Forest Mimicry
The Limitations of Forest Mimics
Spanning the Gamut: Images of Forest Gardens
Goals of Forest Gardening
Revision—the Garden of Eden?

  • Box 2-1: The Principle of Functional Interconnection

Case Study 1: Charlie’s Garden


Part Two: Ecology: Form and Function in the Forest Garden

3: The Five Elements of Forest Architecture
Vegetation Layers

  • Feature Article 2: With All These Layers, What Do I Grow in the Shade?

Soil Horizons

  • Box 3-1: The Principle of Relative Location

Case Study 2: Robert’s Garden


4: Social Structure: Niches, Relationships and Communities
Species, Species Niches, and Species Relationships
Multi-Species Interactions: Frameworks of Social Structure

  • Feature Article 3: Natives and Exotics, Opportunists and Invasives

Social Structure Design: Strategies and Anchors
Chapter Summary

  • Box 4-1: Niche Analysis: Everybody Does It
  • Box 4-2: The Principle of Multiple Functions
  • Box 4-3: The Principle of Stress and Harmony
  • Box 4-4: The Competitive Exclusion Principle
  • Box 4-5: The Cropping Principle
  • Box 4-6: The Principle of Redundancy
  • Box 4-7: The Polyculture Partitioning Principle
  • Box 4-8: Ecological Analogs


5: Making A Living In The Dark: Structures of the Underground Economy
The Anatomy of Self-Renewing Fertility

  • Feature Article 4: Parent Materials: The Soil’s Nutritional Constitution

Plant Roots: Engines of the Underground Economy
The Soil Food Web
Summary: Dabbling In The Underground Economy

  • Box 5-1: The Concept of Limiting Factors
  • Box 5-2: Specific Replant Disease


6: Succession: Four Perspectives on Vegetation Dynamics
Classical Linear Succession and Climax
Progressive Succession to Shifting Mosaic Steady State
Patch Dynamics: Out of Line and Out of Balance
A “Unified Oldfield Theory”: Successional Causes

  • Feature Article 5: “Invasive” Plants and the Unified Oldfield Theory

Succession Design: Using the Four Models
Summary: The Simultaneity of the Four Models

  • Box 6-1: The Principle of Allocation
  • Box 6-2: The Law of Vegetation Dynamics
  • Box 6-3: The Law of Dynamic Tolerance

Case Study 3: E.F. Schumacher Forest Garden


Conclusion: Elements, Dynamics, and Desired Conditions


Appendix 1: Forest Gardening’s “Top 100” Species
Appendix 2: Plant Hardiness Zone Maps
Appendix 3: Publications and Organizations

General Index

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