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Forest Garden Design Database – Kotare Village

Written by Shaked

While working through a design process for the development of the forest garden on our section, Tes and I have developed a list of plants we wish to grow, this list includes trees, bushes, herbs, water plants and some ground covers, all perennial plants to go in our forest garden or perennial garden beds.

While developing the list I realised that this is helpful info for anyone wanting to move to  the village or already living in similar environment, and so I have decided to collect all the lists we have already developed (Koanga, Kay, On-line, and so on) and put it all together in somewhat of an extensive list of plants that can all grow in the village.

If I could I would grow all these plants on our section – there might not be enough room…

The list is below, but an excel version (which is better to use as you can search and filter through the chart) is available through this link.

About the chart: (some things might not be clear enough)

There are no very big trees or allelopathic plants that we wouldn’t plant in a section’s forest garden i.e Walnuts.

Some choices of cultivar of fruit trees are our personal choices – obviously there are many kinds of peaches – we just chose the best ones 🙂

SqrM – surface area of the canopy of the plant – area its going to cover in the forest garden.

Guild – plants are grouped so that you can fit together those plants that work together and avoid making mixes that don’t fit, I’ve divided the plants into a small amount of guilds for ease of use in a way that specifically works in the village. (might not fit exactly somewhere else)

Bed – does this plant need to be grown in a garden bed of some sort, or can you just plant it in the forest garden and mostly forget about it, ie. Sea Kale – is an amazing perennial food, but it is not going to do well in the middle of the forest garden with no irrigation – Bed : yes

Harvest – some plants have an indication to harvesting time, this is going to depend on cultivar and placement, some times harvesting is no fruit ie. harvesting Robinia in winter – it is poles that we harvest.

Hope it’s useful!


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