Overview of my forest garden design process

Screenshot of CAD garden plan, overlaid on satellite photo

The ‘Green Room’, an urban small forest garden design

A bird’s eye view of my approach to designing a forest garden, in the form of a slideshow and screencast

I’ve been asking friends and colleagues for feedback about what would make a good online course for forest gardening. Not only has this been an excellent excuse to catch up via a video call with some lovely people, it has also been really educational.

What is striking is the desire for the process to be simplified, clearing a path so that people can feel comfortable learning to get started. This doesn’t mean simplifying gardening, rather it means making it more accessible.

So, I made a 10 page slideshow to help my friends out called Forest Garden Overview, think of it as an aerial view!

Bunches of white hawthorn blossom

The native Hawthorn is a fantastic wildlife tree, habitat and food source

If that’s TL;DR, then here’s the content summarised even more:

  1. Useful - plants that are useful to humans and other life forms!
  2. Native - native plants are generally better for native wildlife
  3. Aspect - figure out the orientation of your garden
  4. Soil - find out your soil type
  5. Structure - think in layers when designing your garden
  6. Choosing plants - two great websites for helping you choose plants PFAF and RHS

If the slideshow’s not enough for you, I made my first ever screencast, 20 minutes long, explaining the presentation (please note, unshaved & unedited, with lots of “ums” in!)

As you can probably gather by now, I’m as interested by wildlife gardening as by forest gardening, indeed, I believe they are mutually compatible. By gardening with someone else in mind, we start gardening for everyone 🙂