WATCH: A Forest Garden Year
Martin Crawford is the author of Creating a Forest Garden, and the co-star of the DVD A Forest Garden Year (the real star of course, is his lovely garden!). In this brief trailer, he show us a few of the edible plants that grow in the simulated natural ecosystem that is a forest garden.
As Crawford points out, his garden is much more efficient than your standard weed-warrior’s crop of annual vegetables. It yields far more per calorie spent on it than a row-crop garden (although it may not yield as much overall), mainly because a forest gardener uses plants’ natural characteristics to orchestrate a self-sustaining system. We may be clever critters, but we’ve got nothing on the millions of years Mama Nature has spent refining how plants interact with one another to sustain diverse life. This style of gardening takes a few pages from Gaia’s playbook to replace chemical pesticides and fertilizers, and to obviate the need for a “cast-iron back with a hinge in it”.
Creating a Forest Garden (a gorgeous, hardcover book full of photos) is available in our bookstore–on sale until June 30th!
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