Plant comfrey by your fruit trees, then chop the leaves once or twice a year and mulch in-situ. This is the chop ‘n’ drop comfrey mulch technique, no composting required.
Nick Balmer wrote a fantastic summary of creating a clay-lined pond in the closed Facebook Forest Garden UK group, reproduced here with his kind permission 🙂
Different techniques for creating comfrey feed
Code of Conduct for all Nature Works courses and social media groups
A dead hedge, made from posts and scrubby branches, is an ideal temporary windbreak and wildlife habitat.
A self-sustaining wildlife orchard underplanted with edible shrubs and perennial vegetables. Productive, sustainable and low-maintenance 💚 🌳
Notes for those who want to take positive action to improve the diversity of people involved with forest gardens and horticulture
A forest garden works with nature to grow edible crops, which is why it’s good for combatting Climate Emergency and Mass Extinction. Here are 11 reasons why.
Approx time & money estimates for different forest garden jobs, per 100m²
A gallery of forest garden plants run by volunteers, with instructions on how to help
A step-by-step guide to establishing a living ground cover: to protect the soil, create a habitat for wildlife and provide you with a harvest. Win, win, win.
Cheap method of creating substantial deer proof tree guard
Many hostas are used as vegetables, list from Martin Crawford’s ‘Creating a Forest Garden’
These nifty plant labels keep on expanding with a growing branch, and are easy to make from old plastic milk bottles.
A quick reference for the seven layers of a forest garden, because I can only ever remember 3 of them (see my logo)…
Make a bird nesting box for your garden. All you need is 4½ feet of 6"x1", a saw, half a dozen screws, a bit of old inner tube and a hole saw.
A nurse tree is a temporary shelter plant for a newly planted tree
Summary of how to create a nutrient budget for your forest garden
Perennial vegetables are less work and more nutritious but it’s a big cultural shift to adopt new veg. Here’s a simple table of perennial vegetable equivalents to annual vegetables to help the process.
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Plants need protection to survive, particularly in their early stages
Recommended books, suppliers, websites and podcasts. Saving you time and enlarging your brain 🧠
Reference for constructing Martin Crawford’s gravity filtered reservoir
Fruit varities are grafted on rootstocks, which determine the trees height and vigour. This is a quick reference for the different rootstocks available.
The gaps between tree canopies should be about ¼ to ½ of the average tree canopy diameter. This is to allow enough light to reach the understorey plants.
Sortable spreadsheets to help you find suitable plants more easily
Checklist for surveying your site
Inspired by Backyard Larder, Incredible Vegetables and Martin Crawford, here’s my ‘it could change at any moment’ top 10 perennial veg
List of practical walkthrough videos to accompany online forest garden course
Checklist of invaluable features for your wildlife friendly garden
Protection is critical in the forest garden and windbreaks provide habitat and food as well as protection from the wind.