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Creating a Forest Garden: Working with Nature to Grow Edible Crops Hardcover – April 1, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-1900322621 ISBN-10: 1900322625

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: UIT Cambridge Ltd. (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1900322625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1900322621
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.7 x 1.3 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: #342,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“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.

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The data is both scientific and easy to understand.
tomatojane
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.
Greg
This book is a good companion for Edible Forest Garden.
Nicolas M.

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76 of 79 people found the following review helpful By a reader on 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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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Greg on August 22, 2010
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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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By blackbear on 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 By Nicolas M. on November 25, 2010
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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 By Frances (Amy) LeBlanc on 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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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 By Charlie on February 13, 2011
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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 By borjuragu on 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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