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 South Carolina food forest. These are all routinely available through many garden suppliers.
In areas with an annual rainfall of between 24 and 45 inches, you might find the black raspberry, which is Native to SC.
The fruit/seed period of the black raspberry runs from Summer to Summer. It si propogated by Bare root, Container, Seed, Sprigs and has a bloom period in Mid Spring.
Known as having a Medium drought tolerance, the black raspberry (Rubus occidentalis) is in the Rose family. It requires a minimum temperature of -28°F.
Not every plant species listed as a food forest candidate in South 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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