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.
Known as having a Low drought tolerance, the highbush blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum) is in the Heath family. It requires a minimum temperature of -33°F.
The fruit/seed period of the highbush blueberry runs from Summer to Summer. It si propogated by Bare root, Container, Cuttings, Seed and has a bloom period in Early Summer.
In areas with an annual rainfall of between 32 and 50 inches, you might find the highbush blueberry, which is Native to SC.
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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