If you want to take your sustainable life to a new level, think in terms of an edible food forest. When you think of ‘edible food forest’, you need to reach for this great e-book, A Simple Guide to Plants in a Food Forest, which is filled with great information you will need to select the best plants for each layer.

An edible food forest is a natural habitat consisting of several layers. It is a balanced eco-system, where tall trees grow over smaller trees, followed by an outer layer of shrubs and bushes, which are then surrounded by edible plants. 

The beauty of a food forest is that once established, it does not need human intervention to grow and thrive. Each layer of this food forest has a purpose and works to protect or help other layers produce.

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There are seven layers to a food forest:

Top Layer: The Canopy – These are the tallest trees, native to the soil in which they are growing. This layer provides the most shade and protection from the sun and the elements, yet still allowing enough sunlight to the trees below.

Second Layer: The Understory – This layer includes smaller fruit and nut trees that are usually grown on dwarf or semi-dwarf rootstock. Peach, Apricot, and Mulberry are excellent examples of this layer.

Third Layer: Shrub Layer – This layer is usually filled with fruiting bushes like currants and berries. Butterfly bush and Goji berries are good examples.

Fourth Layer: Herb Layer – Herbs in this layer simply mean non-woody vegetation: vegetables, flowers, culinary herbs, and cover crops, as well as mulch producers and other soil-building plants. Asparagus, Calendula, and Dill are examples.

Fifth Layer: Ground Cover – This layer normally has edible plants that spread horizontally. Strawberries, Clover and Creeping Thyme are all good examples here.

Sixth Layer: Vine Layer – This layer normally has vines and climbers that grow on other nearby plants and trees. Examples include Kiwi, grapes, and passionflower.

Seventh Layer: RootsThese are the plants that are usually harvested for their roots. Onions and garlic are good examples.

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Aside from knowing when to plant, layout, and the needs of the plant, you need to determine what you will plant in your food forest.

This is where A Simple Guide to Plants in a Food Forest e-book comes in handy.  It is filled with information for each layer of your edible food forest, followed by a chart of suggested plants for that layer. The plant charts include growing zones, so be sure to make sure you choose the plants for your specific zone and climate.

There are also blank lines available so that you can fill in the plants not included here already that you may wish to use.

An edible food forest should be a consideration for anyone who is striving to be as sustainable as possible.  Implementing an edible food forest may be time-consuming in the beginning, but if done correctly, it can serve you and your family well for years to come.

Learn more about which plants to add to your edible food forest in this great e-book,  A Simple Guide to Plants in a Food Forest.  It could easily become the best book in your sustainable life library!

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