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 South Carolina, here are some examples of routinely available plants available at a garden center near you.
Native to SC, the New Jersey tea is common in food forests. It grows in areas with a minimum of 25 inches of annual rainfall.
Propogated by Bare root, Container, Seed, the New Jersey tea enjoys a bloom period in Late Spring. the fruit/seed period runs from Summer to Fall.
A member of the Buckthorn family, the common name for Ceanothus americanus is New Jersey tea. Requiring a minimum temperature of -28°F, it has a High tolerance of drought.
You may live in a micro-climate or area of South 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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