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For those who are new to the forest garden concept, it is an area where a green-fingered individual cultivates a multi-layered covering of edible plants — these are tall and low trees, shrubs, herbs, vines, roots, and ground covers.

This gardening concept is called permaculture, which is a term for growing sustainable and self-sufficient plants, like in a forest.

Creating a food forest, on the other hand, means you’re cultivating an environment that looks much like nature, instead of gardening in a modern way using beds and rows. 

What Can You Plant in Your Forest Garden?

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Just like establishing a vegetable patch and installing a garden building, such as a greenhouse, in your outdoor space, one of the most crucial things to consider when creating a food forest is the location.

The first thing you need to keep in mind is this: once a forest garden is established, moving it to another area is unlikely. 

It’s best to take enough time to decide where you want to plant it in your garden so you won’t worry about the possibilities of tearing it down just because you don’t like where it is placed.

Make sure to choose a spot that gets full sun and, at the same time, a place that’s level and protected from the worst of the wind and bad weather. Avoid a location near swamping areas too, unless you plan on planting moisture-loving plants, e.g. Helenium, Trollius, etc.

2. Soil Preparation

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If you’re starting from scratch, it’s advisable to grow about 90 per cent May Day Weekend Gardening and Shed IdeasMay Day Weekend Gardening and Shed Ideas

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