The Trees for Gardens
Pages:256 pages
Book Art:Full-color photos throughout
Size:8 x 10 inch
Publisher:Permanent Publications
Pub. Date:July 7, 2015
ISBN:9781856232166

Trees for Gardens, Orchards, and Permaculture

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Are you wondering which productive trees to plant in your garden? Or are you planning a forest garden? Perhaps you are planting an orchard but want a greater diversity of useful trees than is typical? Or you’d like to know what unusual fruit trees you can use? The answers to all these questions can be found in master forest gardener Martin Crawford’s new book.

Crawford has researched and experimented with tree crops for twenty-five years and has selected over one hundred of the best trees producing fruits, nuts, edible leaves, and other useful products that can be grown in Europe and North America. Each of the trees or tree groups includes details of:

• Origin and history

• Description and uses

• Varieties/cultivars

• Cultivation, pests, and diseases

• Related species

• European and North American suppliers

• Color photos with every entry.

The appendices make choosing trees for your situation easy, with lists of suitable trees for specific situations, plus flowcharts to guide you. If you want to know about and make use of the large diversity of tree crops that are available in temperate and continental climates, then this book—by an internationally acknowledged expert—is both fascinating and essential reading.

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About Martin Crawford

After several years working in organic agriculture and horticulture, Martin Crawford founded the Agroforestry Research Trust in the UK in 1992. Since then he has focused on researching and growing perennial food systems including forest gardens and orchards of nut trees and uncommon fruits. He runs the nursery at ART, which propagates and sells many different tree and perennial plants, and is the author of Food from Your Forest Garden, Creating a Forest Garden, and How to Grow Perennial Vegetables.

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A common rallying cry of environmentalists these days is the danger of invasive species and the primacy of native ones. Especially in terms of the plant world, it's easy to get a group of nature lovers worked up over an infestation of Japanese Knotweed or Garlic Mustard (one ingenious way to deal with the former is to eat it! And to help you we've got a fantastic new cookbook called Wild Flavors...more on that in future posts!).

But what makes a species native to a place? Is it the soil structure or nutrients? Is it the typical weather pattern of a place? Does it thrive because of a certain ecological community that supports it (other plants and animals that are interdependent)? And what happens when some or all of these factors change, causing that formerly native creature to feel quite out of place?

These and other questions lead many permaculturists to doubt the rationale of favoring so-called native species over non-native ones that can thrive in what may end up being completely new conditions. What with climate change and development altering habitats, it's hard to insist that only certain beings can live in a place, as if it were an exclusive club you need a membership card to access.

Author Martin Crawford is one such native plant skeptic. Watch this video to learn more about why, and check out his lovely book, Creating a Forest Garden for inspiration as to planting your own lush Eden (native or not)!


The Fallacy Of Native Plants - Martin Crawford by 5minKnowledge

Books By Martin Crawford

The Trees for Gardens