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Edible Plants for Temperate Food Forests

For food forest design we've suggested a number of plants that are useful in a forest garden. Rated good (3) to excellent (5) for edibility.

You may also want to use the food forest plant search at Food Forest Database search

Perennials/Herbs for Food Forests

0-15cm  0-6in Prostrate
15-50cm  6-18in. Small
0.5-1m 18-36in. Medium
1-2m 3-6ft Large
2+m  6+ft Very Large

Climbers for Food Forests

0-4m  0-12ft Low
4+ 12+ ft High

Shrubs and Bamboos for Food Forests

0-15cm  0-6in Prostrate
15-100 cm 6-36in. Small
1-2m 3-6ft Medium
2-4m 6-12ft Large
4-8m 12-25ft Very Large
8+ m 25+ ft Extra Large

Trees for Food Forest

0-4m 0-12ft Dwarf Trees
4-8m 12-25ft Small
8-15m 25-50ft Medium
15-30m 50-100ft Large
30+ m 100+ft Very Large


100 Nitrogen fixing Plants for Temperate Food Forests

A selection of nitrogen fixing plants that are ideal for forest gardens

Now available: PLANTS FOR YOUR FOOD FOREST: 500 Plants for Temperate Food Forests and Permaculture Gardens.

An important new book from PFAF. It focuses on the attributes of plants suitable for food forests, what each can contribute to a food forest ecosystem, including carbon sequestration, and the kinds of foods they yield. The book suggests that community and small-scale food forests can provide a real alternative to intensive industrialised agriculture, and help to combat the many inter-related environmental crises that threaten the very future of life on Earth.

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