22 Jul '11, 4pm

How to chose small trees + shrubs in a forest garden. My latest @MotherEarthNews blog. Enjoy! #permaculture

How to chose small trees + shrubs in a forest garden. My latest @MotherEarthNews blog. Enjoy! #permaculture

In my last blog I described how a forest garden is designed to mimic a small woodland or forest comprising up to seven ‘layers’. These are usually made up of edible, medicinal or useful plants, trees, shrubs, climbers, herbs, ground cover and bulbs or tubers. I also explained what kind of trees you can choose to make up the tallest part of the canopy. I suggested Mulberry, as one option. The variety Illinois Everbearing is our variety of choice because it is almost seedless, hardy, with long yields though the summer and it fruits relatively quickly in its growing life. Since writing the blog, my two mulberry trees have come into fruit. Whereas a friend’s mulberry planted like an ornamental in a more conventional garden has been raided by the birds, mine are nestling at the back of my forest garden, peaking out above the lower trees in its own eco-system, another advantage ...

Full article: http://www.motherearthnews.com/permaculture/forest-garden...

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