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Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops [Hardcover]

by Martin Crawford
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Book Description

April 1, 2010 1900322625 978-1900322621

Offering inspiration for all gardeners, this book features beautiful color photographs and illustrations throughout, and is divided into two parts. Part One looks at why and how to grow particular crops and how to look after them for maximum health. Part Two features more than 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual, from rhubarb to skirret and Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions. This book also provides plenty of cooking tips.

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Editorial Reviews


“Martin is a true pioneer and his work deserves respect and celebration.”  —Permaculture magazine

About the Author

Martin Crawford has spent more than 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture, and is director of the Agroforestry Research Trust, a nonprofit charity that researches temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub, and perennial crops. The Trust produces several publications and a quarterly journal, and sells plants and seeds. He is the author of several books, including A Forest Garden Year and How to Grow Perennial Vegetables.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd. (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322621
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 8.6 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #105,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book marred by typos and inaccuracies June 3, 2011
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This was a bit of a splurge for me; having known Martin Crawford's name for years, I was really looking forward to seeing his work in print. I must say that the actual book is a bit of a disappointment. I knew that it would be aimed at a UK audience, so that's not a strike against it. In fact, it joins wonderful works by Patrick Whitefield and John Seymour to round out the picture of British forest gardening. But despite the beautiful photography, the book is neither as practical nor as detailed as Gaia's Garden or Edible Forest Gardens. This book adds very little to what they have already contributed, with the exception of a thoughtful consideration of global climate change and its presumed effect on forest gardening, and a chapter on fungi.

More damning, the text is full of typos, and several of the photographs are misplaced and mislabeled. A picture illustrating Oregon grape is actually some sort of currant, for example. Discussions of design are general to the point of frustration; the section on water use says, in essence, "in a drought you'll use more than you think" and then spends two pages on irrigation methods. Again, it's possible that a British climate requires less thought about water than the southeastern U.S., but that sort of generality pervades the book. Save your money for Jacke and Toensmeier.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Resource - Buy It! August 22, 2010
By Greg
I just finished reading "Creating a Forest Garden" cover to cover. It's one of the best books on forest gardening I've come across and I highly recommend it to anyone interested in permaculture/edible landscaping. Martin's experiences with his forest garden are concisely presented to the reader and guide you to avoid many mistakes that are often made when starting out. The book not only guides you through the process of successfully laying out the garden, but gives many specifics, has pictures and information on many, many suitable plants and has many creative ideas born from working in the forest garden for so many years. If I were new to permaculture and forest gardening I'd start here. If you've read a lot in this area (like me) this book will become one of your best finds. I'd give it 6 stars if I could.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars forest gardening made easy!!! (or easier at least) September 3, 2010
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That's right five stars. Martin has a 16 year old forest garden and talks from experience, not theory. His chapters are brief and concise. I finished the book feeling content that I actually assimilated all valuable info presented by Martin. Unlike some other forest gardening books I've read (cover to cover mind you) this one is short, easy to read and understand, and by no means intimidating. Let me reiterate; martin speaks from 16 years experience. And the icing on the cake... the photos are of an actual forest garden!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price November 25, 2010
This book is a good companion for Edible Forest Garden. It is less comprehensive than EFG but more user friendly.

Basically, it is a presentation of all species that fit well in a forest garden, with some instructions on how to design the several layers of the garden (canopy, bush, ground cover, etc).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top notch! March 24, 2011
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This is a beautiful book. There is information here that relates directly to the long term planning needed to "build" a forest garden from scratch. The information is presented in clear terms with simple illustrations showing relationships within a garden both above and below ground - this could be a handbook for beginning any new garden and especially for intensive planting. The photos are superb and inspiring.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
CREATING A FOREST GARDEN: WORKING WITH NATURE TO GROW EDIBLE CROPS packs in advice on planning, designing and maintaining a sustainable food garden with a twist, working with forest gardening for minimal maintenance. A forest garden is a managed ecosystem modeled on woodland where nature does the actual maintenance work: chapters tell how to plan, design and choose trees, shrubs, root crops and more for maximum effect.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars color pictures are phenomonal February 13, 2011
By Charlie
The color pictures are phenomenal, this will really help those who have a hard time visualizing what an actual forest garden will look like. I also learned about many new edible plants such as the yew plum.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best one on the topic! April 30, 2011
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I have ordered all books written on the topic, this one is by far the best. The least scientific jargon, the most practical hints.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book on substainable gardening...EVER...
This is by far my favorite gardening book...EVER. It has been not only inspiring like a lot of other good books but is so well organized that it is a reference that I find myself... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason
4.0 out of 5 stars A great jumping off point in premiculture.
Well written, thoughtfully organized and not just for the experts. Anyone who wants to explore the possibility of creating your own backyard food forest, of a wooded paradise on 40... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Skip
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book to learn and -I hope- create a forest garden
I didn't give 5 stars, because I'm reading the kindle edition and it is difficult to follow some references to page numbers in the text, because page numbers are not present in the... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ignacio Joannon Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars love this book
Read this book for the first time about a year ago and immediately felt like I knew the basics about establishing a forest garden. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Nathan S
5.0 out of 5 stars Very accessible and packed with useful data
I have a number of different food forest and forest gardening books. While they are all useful and informative, this one by Martin Crawford is my favourite. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Olmec Sinclair
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book on this topic
This is an amazing book about forest gardening in Northwestern Europe. It is beautifully illustrated, contains information on hundreds of plants and gives practical information... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Hendrik Bright
4.0 out of 5 stars good
It's a good essential of forest gardening. Only problem is that too many pages deal with plant species. But in general -i'm satisfied.
Published 19 months ago by gellb
5.0 out of 5 stars creating a forest garden working with nature to grow edible crops
NOTHING LIKE IT ANYWHERE-all who have seen the book stunned by the practical step by step practical "how to" information..plant by plant for small or large food forest. Read more
Published 20 months ago by delighted
5.0 out of 5 stars Very beautiful and clearly written, well-organized book
I really love this book. The design is very appealing and logical, with clear and organized discussions of all aspects of understanding and designing a forest garden, interspersed... Read more
Published 22 months ago by tomatojane
4.0 out of 5 stars Seems like a useful book, some of the pictures are poor quality.
The book does a pretty good job of listing the parts of a forest garden, and giving recommendations for plants for each (and has a good reference section on a wide variety of... Read more
Published on March 14, 2012 by Jennifer A. Schultz
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