I’ve been interested in the edible forest garden idea for over twenty years and have planted and designed several myself in Ireland in that time, and visited several others. But they have never lived up to my expectations and were largely unproductive, despite sourcing as many perennial vegetables and other interesting edible plants as I could. Here I review the claims made for them and what evidence there is to support the idea- and conclude that, as Permaculture founder Bill Mollison said in the first place, in temperate regions you are far better growing your fruit trees and vegetables separately.
Temperate permaculture– is this a passing fad, an idealist’s hobby or is there a case for wider promotion of the practice?
Introduction- Design By Nature: Permaculture and the Forest Garden Concept
“Permaculture” – derived from permanent agriculture – is a concept of sustainable land use and design coined and…
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