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 North Carolina, here are some examples of routinely available plants available at a garden center near you.
A member of the Ebony family, the common name for Diospyros virginiana is common persimmon. Requiring a minimum temperature of -21°F, it has a Medium tolerance of drought.
Native to NC, the common persimmon is common in food forests. It grows in areas with a minimum of 30 inches of annual rainfall.
Propogated by Bare root, Container, Cuttings, Seed, the common persimmon enjoys a bloom period in Late Spring. the fruit/seed period runs from Summer to Winter.
You may live in a micro-climate or area of North Carolina 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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