forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in
woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships,
creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You
can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful
plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems (Jacke). The aim is to create a low input, high output system that benefits people and the environment, providing a great range of products. A forest garden is designed and established according to site and the needs of the client.
"I had a vision of mini-forests in millions of back gardens."
The course will assist participants to visualize, plan, establish and
continue to maintain, harvest and learn from a forest garden, be it at
home or on someone else's land such as a community garden, school
The basic 2-day course will cover:
Benefits of forest gardening
- Site selection and design
- Integration of permaculture principles and design process
- Species selection
- Plant propagation
- Site preparation, establishment and maintenance; harvesting
- Processing of produce
- Integration with other farm and garden systems
The course will include hands-on practicals in topics such as plant propagation (grafting, budding, layering, etc.), mulching, site surveying and design layout.