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Growing Your Own Illinois Food Forest
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 Illinois, here are some examples of routinely available plants available at a garden center near you.
Native to IL, the common selfheal is common in food forests. It grows in areas with a minimum of 16 inches of annual rainfall.
A member of the Mint family, the common name for Prunella vulgaris is common selfheal. Requiring a minimum temperature of -38°F, it has a Medium tolerance of drought.
Propogated by Seed, the common selfheal enjoys a bloom period in Mid Summer. the fruit/seed period runs from Summer to Fall.
You may live in a micro-climate or area of Illinois 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.
Want to be featured on our site? Submit a photo of your food forest and tell us what you’re growing!
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