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Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production system based on woodland ecosystems.

What is forest gardening?

Forest gardening is a low-maintenance sustainable plant-based food production system based on woodland ecosystems. Fruit and nut trees, shrubs, herbs, vines and perennial vegetables are planted in a succession of layers, making use of companion planting and three-dimensional space.

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Subtropical Fruits and Perennial Vegetables in New Orleans (Zone 9b)

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2024/06/30
00:58 UTC

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I grew a small tree on my balcony but I think it's getting sick

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2024/06/27
21:24 UTC

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an olive oil production with its outstanding view of sunset

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2024/06/27
10:51 UTC

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Giant Wine Cap Mushrooms - Are They Edible?

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2024/06/18
23:25 UTC

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Is there an app to track where you've planted things?

My family is in the process of purchasing 40 acres in Missouri, and I'd like to do some gardening (berries and fruit at first, ones native to the area) and mushroom inoculation. I'd like to keep track of my plugged trees and locations of planted bushes. Do y'all know of a good app for that?

I'm a software developer, I can build one if there isn't one, but I'd prefer to use what someone else has made.

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2024/06/17
19:28 UTC

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Beautiful scenery of Resurrection Lily in the woods

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2024/06/14
10:52 UTC

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Suburban gardening?

Is this form of gardening tried in a suburban setting where someone might have 1/10th to 1/4th of an acre available to them? How might this ecosystem be cultivated and preserved on such a small scale? What are some methods that have worked or at least might work on that scale?

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2024/05/28
04:17 UTC

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What methods do you use to establish "pathways" in your forest garden?

I have about a 1/2 acre of wooded land that is currently minimally maintained. I would like to start doing plantings of native woodland plants but want to have some basic pathways delineated to prevent baby plants from getting trampled. I'm not really sure where to start on establishing pathways with the current leaf litter so would love to see your gardens' pathways :)

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2024/05/25
00:00 UTC

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🍓🌿 Happy National Pick Strawberries Day! 🍓🌿

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2024/05/20
13:47 UTC

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thought you guys might enjoy 🤍 unwind and relax in this cozy cabin with a magical forest for deep sleep 4k rain, thunder, fireplace

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2024/05/17
18:08 UTC

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Water my seed

Hello everybody,

Tree nation has a good iniciative to plant a tree if there are a 100 people that water the seed. May I request your help to water mine please. Here is the link

https://tree-nation.com/seeds/view/6083997

Thanks!

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2024/05/03
09:28 UTC

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Herb and Ground Cover Polyculture - The Polyculture Project Forest Garden - Shipka, Bulgaria 2024

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2024/04/11
08:45 UTC

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Tea Garden

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2024/04/02
16:22 UTC

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Prescribed Fire

Husband and I recently bought two acres of woods just outside of city limits. After speaking with the county we got permission to do a controlled burn. We missed the window this spring, but plan to do it next spring.

We also just ordered 300 saplings from the State Nursery, mostly native fruit and nut trees. We then realized that we should probably wait until after the burn to plant them. It is too late to back out, as we already sent in our order and payment.

Would it still be okay to plant? Is there a way to keep the saplings safe until next year? We considered large planters. Most are bare root saplings. The ones in pots we know will be okay. They should all be between 1-3’ tall.

Species are American Plum, Chickasaw Plum, Hazelnut, Nannyberry, Red Buds, Lilacs, Paw Paw, Persimmon, and a few others. We have a well established Oak Hickory forest but don’t have much variety outside of that and some Sugar Maples. We really need the fire to clear out some of the underbrush, as well as a help with a Bush Honeysuckle invasion.

What do we do with our trees? We spent about $500 on them all. We’d love to plant but don’t want to hurt them next spring when we burn.

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2024/03/30
18:15 UTC

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A Forest Garden Walkthrough

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2024/02/17
16:49 UTC

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Warm Winter & Windthrow in the Forest Garden

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2024/02/12
15:25 UTC

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Food forests and bureaucracy in Denmark

TLDR: Any tips for a (to be established) food forest in Denmark? Especially concerning bureaucracy?

My girlfriend and I are looking for a house + land to start a food forest in Denmark. Now I know chances are really slim, but we'd really like to convers with somebody in the know about all things bureaucracy surrounding food forests in Denmark. Any special rules in locale Kommunes or regions we need to look into?

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2024/02/08
19:00 UTC

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Forest Preserve District of Will County

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2024/02/06
07:44 UTC

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Forest Garden Plants - Ground Cover Plants for Deep Shade

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2024/02/05
04:25 UTC

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Discovering the Tropics - Hambantota District - Rekawa Beach, Sri Lanka

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2024/01/27
07:19 UTC

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Syntropic-Inspired Indoor Garden

I made this post on IG and I liked it so much I wanted to share here on Reddit too. Hope you enjoy!

And I quote,

You may be wondering: What's up with all the weeds?

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This is a way of growing food that requires no external amendments. Though you can use some yard clippings to help get it started. Once started, it actually builds fertility over time, without amendments. It's literally regenerative agriculture.

You can accelerate the natural regeneration of life into soil if you understand succession. In succession, bare land is populated with some weeds. The weeds' roots draw in a little bit of moisture, and allow more weeds to establish nearby. Then grasses can take hold, and vines and bushes, and finally trees. Old growth species of trees, that often can live centuries, are the final step I'm aware of.

When plants die, they leave their bodies on the ground, either as dead plant matter, or animal pee and poo. Their roots decompose, usually, in the ground. Beneficial populations of fungi grow in the soil.

The energy plants capture during their lifetime is not lost. They store it in the soil, living soil.

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Leaves are solar panels.

Plants capture sunlight and capture carbon from carbon dioxide in the air. They store carbon in their root zones, in many living and nonliving forms. They release oxygen in the air.

Outdoors, I use a technique called "chop and drop," periodically, to cycle nutrients and help accelerate the natural process of succession, as all animals do.

In this system, I'm growing without the "drop." That is, I chop the plants periodically, thoughtfully. But I feed the plants stalks fruits and leaves to my actively aerated compost tea instead of dropping them on the ground as mulch. Feeding to compost tea instead of dropping residue on the ground prevents bugs from growing rampant... Necessary, because this is all indoors under 7 grow lights.

When you have different ages of plants in the system, and don't clear cut, you can get massive fertility boosts. Maximize your green leafy matter in your area to maximize photosynthesis.

See also: Syntropic Agroforestry

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2024/01/21
15:24 UTC

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Foodscaper Conference 2024!

Calling all forest gardeners! Do you want to learn from some of the foremost experts in the field of edible landscaping? Join us online at the Foodscaper Conference, next week, from January 24-25. Come connect with mentors and peers, deepen your understanding of irrigation, pruning, and perennial plant care best practices, and make new friends in the community!

Get your ticket here! Looking forward to seeing you there.

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2024/01/15
14:15 UTC

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Blizzard Topples Trees in the Forest Garden

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2024/01/14
13:22 UTC

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Looking for enthusiasts and experts to help Alpha Testing procedural generation gardening simulator

Years ago, I was developing my first project, an evolution simulator, and decided to look for initial testers among experts and enthusiasts - individuals with actual insight from subreddits like r/Aquariums, r/biology, r/Evolution and r/Botany. This steered the development in the right direction from the start and provided me with valuable feedback and suggestions before releasing it to the wider public. Almost a decade later, I am working on similar idea, but focused entirely on realistic gardening and very in-depth plant simulation - and this time, I am looking for anyone with experience and knowledge in the fields of plants, botany, and gardening to join the closed alpha testing. You can check the project so far after two years at https://store.steampowered.com/app/2052790 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOj17MNSjTI

Gardener utilizes my original algorithms, which have been developed (and 'battle-hardened') over years for the evolution simulation, to procedurally generate each and every plant. No two trees are identical, each plant is unique, and every leaf, flower, fruit, and twig is simulated separately with its own DNA, conditions, and state. I am simulating hydration (the ground can be saturated with water, temperature and grass length affect evaporation, etc.), sunlight access (shade affects growth), ground pH levels, and six base nutrients (N, P, K, Ca, Fe, Mg). There are pests, diseases, and fungi to prevent, alongside realistic visual/behavioral signs of these problems on plants. Plants can be pruned at every node, allowing you to collect, grow, and farm particularly interesting specimens, and perform all the actual botanical maintenance activities, from training to grafting. Gardens can also be designed with sustainability in mind, attracting local fauna that either assists in pollination or simply enjoys the habitat.

However, I am not a professional gardener. I have a small garden that I enjoy tending to, but while I have some understanding of population genetics, I am not an expert in gardening. If you have experience with plants, knowledge or suggestions you would like to share, or if you just want to play with the simulation and provide feedback, please let me know, I'll provide a Steam key for testing. Keep in mind that the game is in early development; it has many bugs and missing content, and everything is subject to change. But if you are interested in shaping it and don't mind unbalanced gameplay that might crash from time to time, please check it out or add it to your wishlist to wait for a more stable version. Everyone who participates will keep the title in their Steam library after the release, along with some other closed-alpha tester perks.

While I am primarily looking for suggestions related to mechanics, design, and balancing, the testing will also greatly help me to iron out bugs and crashes. But don't worry if you're not interested in reporting them, there's an automatic system that takes care of that, so every playthrough directly helps, even if it simply results in a crash. I also have a Discord server with a couple hundred users, where I'm happy to help and answer any questions 24/7.

^(*I've checked the rules of this subreddit, and I hope this post doesn't violate any. This is my solo indie project, and Reddit is the only way for me to reach out to people with this kind of interest and a PC capable of testing it. I don't have a marketing budget, and I prefer to spend my time developing Gardener rather than promoting it, so I'm just cross-posting across Reddit in the hopes of finding brave souls interested in testing it. Please don't regard this as spam — I don't plan to post about it here again. Thank you!)

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2024/01/11
02:44 UTC

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Foodscaper Conference 2024

Are you interested in starting a forest gardening business or growing an existing sustainable landscaping organization? Join us for two days of exciting presentations and networking with some of the foremost experts in the regenerative agriculture space!

Look forward to seeing you there!

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2024/01/05
18:45 UTC

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