A food forest uses available garden space to combine food producing plant species. This multi-layer composition can be low-maintenance, combining trees, shrubs and ground cover in order to produce edible foods including herbs, fruits, seeds and nuts.
This is ideal to increase the amount of organic food in your diet.
An element of permaculture design, the food forest includes seven layers from the canopy down through the rhizosphere.
In Colorado, here are some examples of routinely available plants available at a garden center near you.
Propogated by Bare root, Container, Cuttings, Seed, the Saskatoon serviceberry enjoys a bloom period in Early Summer. the fruit/seed period runs from Summer to Fall.
A member of the Rose family, the common name for Amelanchier alnifolia is Saskatoon serviceberry. Requiring a minimum temperature of -62°F, it has a Low tolerance of drought.
Native to CO, the Saskatoon serviceberry is common in food forests. It grows in areas with a minimum of 12 inches of annual rainfall.
You may live in a micro-climate or area of Colorado where some species don’t thrive or fruit.
Be sure to consult your neighborhood garden supply store and read more online to find the plants, shrubs and ground cover that work for your food forest.
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