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 Vermont garden centers, including a few examples below.
The red currant has a Late Spring bloom period. Propogated by Container, Cuttings, Seed, Sprigs, the fruit/seed period of the red currant lasts from Summer to Summer.
The red currant requires between 9 and 60 inches of rain per annum. It is Native to VT.
Surviving in temperatures above -62°F, the red currant is in the Currant family. It’s scientific name is Ribes triste, and it has a Low drought tolerance.
While a plant may be listed as fruit-bearing in Vermont, 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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