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 Kentucky food forest. These are all routinely available through many garden suppliers.
Known as having a Low drought tolerance, the black walnut (Juglans nigra) is in the Walnut family. It requires a minimum temperature of -28°F.
In areas with an annual rainfall of between 30 and 60 inches, you might find the black walnut, which is Native to KY.
The fruit/seed period of the black walnut runs from Fall to Fall. It si propogated by Bare root, Container, Cuttings, Seed and has a bloom period in Late Spring.
Not every plant species listed as a food forest candidate in Kentucky 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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