Creating a Forest Garden
Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops

By Martin Crawford Photographs by Joanna Brown

Creating a Forest Garden

Garden Media Guild - Practical Book Finalist - 2010

Hardback, 384 pages £30.00
Published: 13th April 2010
ISBN: 9781900322621
Format: 275mm x 220mm

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Forest Gardening or Agroforestry is a way of growing edible crops with nature doing most of the work. Modelled on young woodland, a wide range of crops is grown in vertical layers. Species are chosen for their beneficial effects on each other, creating a healthy system that maintains its own fertility, with little need for digging, weeding or pest control. Whether a small area in your back garden or a larger plot, here is advice on how to create a beautiful space with great environmental benefits from planning and design (using permaculture principles) to planting and maintenance. With a changing climate, we must grow food sustainably, without compromising soil health, food quality or biodiversity and Forest Gardening offers an exciting solution to the challenge.

Creating a Forest Garden also includes a detailed directory of over 500 trees, shrubs, herbaceous perennials, annuals, root crops and climbers – almost all of them edible and many very unusual.

As well as more familiar plants you can grow your own chokeberries, goji berries, yams, heartnuts, bamboo shoots and buffalo currants.

Foreword by Rob Hopkins                                


Part 1: How forest gardens work

1.  Forest gardens                                             

2.  Forest garden features and products          

3.  The effects of climate change                    

4.  Natives and exotics                                     

5.  Emulating forest conditions                        

6.  Fertility in forest gardens                            

Part 2: Designing your forest garden

7.  Ground preparation and planting                

8.  Growing your own plants                            

9.  First design steps                                        

10.    Designing wind protection                      

11.    Canopy species                                        

12.    Designing the canopy layer                     

13.    Shrub species                                           

14.    Designing the shrub layer                       

15.    Herbaceous perennial and ground-cover species         

16.    Designing the perennial/ground-cover layer    

17.    Annuals, biennials and climbers             

18.    Designing with annuals, biennials and climbers

Part 3: Extra design elements and maintenance

19.    Clearings                                                  

20.    Paths                                                            

21.    Fungi in forest gardens                            

22.    Harvesting and preserving                      

23.    Maintenance                                            

24.    Ongoing tasks                                          


Appendix 1: Propagation tables                       

Appendix 2: Trees and shrubs for hedging and fencing

Appendix 3: Plants to attract beneficial insects and bees

Appendix 4: Edible crops by month of use       

Resources: Useful organisations, suppliers and publications

"This book is a magnificiently produced and massive tome that is sure to become every forest gardener's horticultural toolkit and bible."

- Grow It

"Marting has produced a book that is not only visually beautiful but very practical, offering advice on planning, designing, planting and general maintenance."

- Positive News - Summer 2010

"If you are seriously considering the creation or maitenance of a forest garden then you would do well to have this book on your shelves. Even if you are only looking for novel ground cover suggestions in shaded areas or approaches to inter-planting trees, then this book offers bountiful food for thought."

- Green Prophet

"Creating a Forest Garden is a fascniating read for gardeners interested in how to plant communities that work."

- Gardens Illustrated

"Martin Crawford has produced a spectacularly useful guide to new horticultural and ecological terrain of great importance."

- Permaculture Activist

"This semina piece of work is not only visually entralling, it's incredibly easy to use and it contains a level of detail and explanation that makes it, I believe, a must read for anyone who is serious about building a truly sustainable forest."

- WWOOF Ireland

"Martin's book is visually stunning with beautiful photography and illustrations, accompanying very informative and well constructed text."

- Self Sufficient-ish Website - 11 June 2010

"This book is a must if you are interested in producing food from your garden, becoming more self-sufficient or just curious about plants and their uses."

- The Cottage Gardener - June 2011

"The ultimate book on the subject… extremely thorough and beautifully illustrated."

- Let's Talk (East Anglia)

Martin Crawford has spent over 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture, and is director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a non-profit-making charity that researches into temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops. The Trust produces several publications and a quarterly journal, and sells plants and seeds. See  for more information.

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781900322621
Format: 275mm x 220mm
full colour illus

Binding: Electronic book text, 384 pages
ISBN: 9781907448300
Format: PDF
full colour illus

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9781907448317
Format: EPUB
full colour illus

BISAC Code:  GAR005000, GAR022000, GAR025000
Imprint: Green Books

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