From: Paul Geary, ENN
Published September 20, 2005 12:00 AM

EarthNews Radio: Edible Forest Gardens

"Edible forest gardens" -- now there's a concept! And these garden do not have to be very large.

Jerry Kay spoke to Dave Jacke, the author of Edible Forest Gardens

Listen to EarthNews Radio: Edible Forest Gardens

Jacke says the idea is to create a perennial polyculture of multipurpose plants. This means that the plants have up to a 3000 year life span, there is a mix of species within each patch of the garden, and the plants each have several uses for humans.

Some forest gardens are as small as 20 x 30 feet, and if well designed, can produce a large amount of food. Several species of dwarf trees that are only four or five feet tall can produce an incredible amount of fruit.

If you'd like to learn more about the author and edible forest gardens, visit the Chelsea Green Publishing website here:

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