Trees, shrubs and ground plants can be combined in a low-maintenance garden settings to produce edible food for the kitchen. Seeds, nuts, fruits and herbs can be harvested from a multi-layered food forest.
A food forest contributes to a diet with more organic options.
Permaculture design embraces food forests which have horizontal layers such as the canopy and a vertical layer such as vines.
You might find the following plants in a North Carolina food forest. These are all routinely available through many garden suppliers.
The fruit/seed period of the sassafras runs from Summer to Summer. It si propogated by Bare root, Container, Seed, Sprigs and has a bloom period in Late Spring.
In areas with an annual rainfall of between 30 and 80 inches, you might find the sassafras, which is Native to NC.
Known as having a High drought tolerance, the sassafras (Sassafras albidum) is in the Laurel family. It requires a minimum temperature of -27°F.
Not every plant species listed as a food forest candidate in North Carolina will thrive in your specific climate or area.
Take a weekend trip to your local garden supply store and learn more about which plants, shrubs and ground cover will be a great fit for your food forest.
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