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 Ohio, here are some examples of routinely available plants available at a garden center near you.
A member of the Rose family, the common name for Prunus tomentosa is Nanking cherry. Requiring a minimum temperature of -38°F, it has a Medium tolerance of drought.
Propogated by Bare root, Container, Seed, the Nanking cherry enjoys a bloom period in Late Spring. the fruit/seed period runs from Summer to Summer.
Introduced to OH, the Nanking cherry is common in food forests. It grows in areas with a minimum of 24 inches of annual rainfall.
You may live in a micro-climate or area of Ohio 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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