Your garden can supply an abundance of food – seeds, nuts, fruits and more compromise a “food forest”. A food forest is a multi-layered composition of food-producing plants. It is ideally low-maintenance and produces a wealth of edibles.
Want to eat more organic food? A food forest is a great way to do that.
Permaculture design identifies seven layers in a food forest, from the tallest trees in the canopy continuing down below the soil layer.
There are many varieties of plants that are routinely available in Virginia garden centers, including a few examples below.
Surviving in temperatures above -27°F, the sassafras is in the Laurel family. It’s scientific name is Sassafras albidum, and it has a High drought tolerance.
The sassafras has a Late Spring bloom period. Propogated by Bare root, Container, Seed, Sprigs, the fruit/seed period of the sassafras lasts from Summer to Summer.
The sassafras requires between 30 and 80 inches of rain per annum. It is Native to VA.
While a plant may be listed as fruit-bearing in Virginia, you might not have the best growing conditions in your specific area.
Talking to your local garden supplier is a great way to learn more about the plants, shrubs and ground species that will be the perfect fit for your new food forest.
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