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Plants For A Future (PFAF) is a charity providing a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants. The main aims of the charity are researching and providing information on ecologically sustainable horticulture, promoting a high diversity, holistic and permacultural approach namely 'woodland gardening'. The aim is to use a minimal input of resources and energy, create a harmonious eco-system and cause the least possible damage to the environment whilst achieving high productivity. Plants For A Future develop and administer the online pfaf.org edible and medicinal plant database which includes information on approximately 7,000 useful plants.

Plants For A Future believe plants can provide people with the majority of their needs, in a way that cares for the planet's health. A wide range of plants can be grown to produce all our food needs and many other commodities, whilst also providing a diversity of habitats for our native flora and fauna.

Woodland Gardening
 

Designing a low-maintenance, sustainable edible woodland garden

Authored by Plants For A Future

In a woodland garden everything grows together in a way that is very similar to a natural woodland but with the trees and shrubs all bearing edible crops, and with many different edible herbs and vegetables growing under them. Instead of battling against nature, this is a garden that works in harmony with it.

It is possible to plan out a woodland garden in a space as small as a backyard or as large as a few acres, using the guidelines that nature has shown us, but using species that can provide us with fruits, seeds, leaves, roots and flowers that are delicious and highly nutritious. When well designed, such a system can:

»» be far more productive than a field of annuals
»» produce a much wider range of foods
»» require far less work
»» require far less inputs such as fertilizers and pesticides
»» provide valuable habitats for wildlife
»» be very pleasing aesthetically.

It all comes down to selecting the right mixture of species. There are over 5,000 species of edible plants that can be grown outdoors in temperate climates and about 2,100 of these can be grown in a woodland so there really is no lack of variety to choose from.


Publication Date:
Apr 08 2013
ISBN/EAN13:
1484069161 / 9781484069165
Page Count:
72
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Language:
English
Color:
Full Color
Related Categories:
Gardening / Organic




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