Chaenomeles x superba 'Crimson and Gold', emblem of the forest garden The itinerary for my forest garden tours and workshops, with a link to a “live” page that will be kept up-to-date.
Tuesday 16 April 2019
We had our first forest garden
tour and workshop last week, via Airbnb. A bit nerve-wracking but eminently enjoyable. I used the same itinerary for both the two hour tour and the six hour workshop. I feel the cyclical process works well in both situations, the workshop is an extension with more detail and practical applications.
This is a snapshot of the intinerary, I’m keeping a “live” version on
Simplenote updated, as it’s easier to print from http://simp.ly/publish/wj614M FGW itinerary
D. Reference A. Theory
Definition of a forest garden
Productive: produce, layers
Sustainable: wildlife, pests, nutrients, inputs, carbon
Low maintenance: watering, weeding, digging, fertilising, compost
Wildlife orchard underplanted with edible shrubs & perennial vegetables.
7 layers. 2. Start with wants
Harvest: fruits, nuts, seeds, spices, herbs, mushrooms, poles, canes, string
Space: People centered “who, what & when”
3. Climax vegetation
Woodland -> Forest garden -> Orchard -> Pasture -> Arable
Increased: energy, fragility, uniformity, maintenance, greenhouse gas emissions
Gently balance the garden
On the cusp of woodland
With minimal effort 4. Efficiency
* Animal 1: 0.8
* Arable 1: 4.0
* Forest garden 1:40.0
Measure aspects: soil, water, boundaries, paths, slopes, orientation, views, footpaths, utilities, structures, access, privacy etc
Mapping: tape measure, satellite, OS map - accuracy
List what you want & have (three W’s; time, money, space). Zoning.
Purpose of plan: fit the use and trees with the space.
Plan access, windbreaks, canopy, name areas (computer or paper).
Start ground cover & windbreaks now
Rudimentary propagation bed. Flowers & veg!
Calculate position, height, width (nurse tree)
Choose - aspect, light, soil
, pollination, protection Spacing 6. Sheet mulch
Area, material, time
Spacing, light, access. Mark chalk circles.
8. Ground cover
Wood chip, spacing, shade, temporary ground cover
10-11: Tour - meadow, coppice, Ornamental Forest Garden, Forest Garden One definition
11-12: Survey, plan
2-3: Practical propagation, shrub
3-4: Practical ground cover
Definition: Fruit Triangle example
Survey, Plan: polytunnel area
Propagation, windbreaks: Ornamental Forest Garden
Canopy, Shrub, Ground cover: Forest Garden One
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