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The Home-Scale Forest Garden

The Home-Scale Forest Garden

by Dani Baker

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Winner of the 2023 GardenComm Media Awards Gold Laurel Medal of Achievement

Dani Baker provides a practical, in-depth guide to creating a beautiful, bountiful edible landscape at any scale - from a few dozen square feet to an acre or more. From planning, planting, and using hugelkultur, microclimates and permaculture principles, to coping with saturated soil, pests and different growing conditions.

The Home-Scale Forest Garden is complete with descriptions of over 100 food-bearing and multifunctional plants for every layer of a forest garden: overstory and understory trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, groundcovers, vines, and mushrooms, too.

The book includes over 200 photographs taken over 10 years of forest development, along with illustrations of a garden layout and special plant groupings for a range of conditions, including hot, dry sites and shady, moist sites.

Throughout, Baker candidly shares both her mistakes and her successes to help readers better understand the dynamics of a forest garden as it grows and changes over time. 

This is the perfect guide for gardeners of all experience levels who want to work with nature’s model and expand the range of food crops they grow as they embark on their own forest garden adventure.

ISBN: 978-1645020981
Published: 2022
Format: Paperback
Length: 384 pages

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  • “Experienced gardeners with a serious interest in sustainability would do well to check this out.”
    - Publishers Weekly

  • "...Thoroughly enjoyable read, with lots of good photos and illustrations ...Fascinating and inspirational."
    - Martin Crawford, founder, Agroforestry Research Trust

  • "Dani Baker enriches cold-climate forest gardening with candid details of successes and (importantly) failures in her decade-old forest garden."
    - Eric Toensmeier, co-author of Edible Forest Gardens

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