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Edible Forest Gardens: Ecological Vision, Theory for Temperate Climate Permaculture


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Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figures
Introduction: An Invitation to Adventure
What Is an Edible Forest Garden?
Gardening LIKE the Forest vs. Gardening IN the Forest
Where Can You Grow a Forest Garden?
The Garden of Eden: It Sounds Great, But Is It Practical?
An Invitation to Adventure
1: The Forest and the Trees
The Primal Forest: A Remembrance
Gardening the Forest
Forest Remnants
Feature Article 1: Natives and Exotics: Definitions and Questions
Suburban Ecology
Gardening in the Industrial Image
Lessons Learned
Box 1-1: Shifting the Burden to the Intervenor
2: Visions of Paradise
Study of the Household: Ecology Defined
Tales of Mimicry
Advantages of Forest Mimicry
The Limitations of Forest Mimics
Spanning the Gamut: Images of Forest Gardens
Goals of Forest Gardening
Revision--the Garden of Eden?
Box 2-1: The Principle of Functional Interconnection
Case Study 1: Charlie's Garden
Part Two: Ecology: Form and Function in the Forest Garden
3: The Five Elements of Forest Architecture
Vegetation Layers
Feature Article 2: With All These Layers, What Do I Grow in the Shade?
Soil Horizons
Case Study 2: Robert's Garden
4: Social Structure: Niches, Relationships and Communities
Species, Species Niches, and Species Relationships
Multi-Species Interactions: Frameworks of Social Structure
Feature Article 3: Natives and Exotics, Opportunists and Invasives
Social Structure Design: Strategies and Anchors
Chapter Summary
5: Making A Living In The Dark: Structures of the Underground Economy
The Anatomy of Self-Renewing Fertility
Feature Article 4: Parent Materials: The Soil's Nutritional Constitution
Plant Roots: Engines of the Underground Economy
The Soil Food Web
Summary: Dabbling In The Underground Economy
6: Succession: Four Perspectives on Vegetation Dynamics
Classical Linear Succession and Climax
Progressive Succession to Shifting Mosaic Steady State
Patch Dynamics: Out of Line and Out of Balance
A "Unified Oldfield Theory": Successional Causes
Feature Article 5: "Invasive" Plants and the Unified Oldfield Theory
Succession Design: Using the Four Models
Summary: The Simultaneity of the Four Models
Case Study 3: E.F. Schumacher Forest Garden
Conclusion: Elements, Dynamics, and Desired Conditions
Appendix 1: Forest Gardening's "Top 100" Species
Appendix 2: Plant Hardiness Zone Maps
Appendix 3: Publications and Organizations
General Index

About the Author

"Dave Jacke is the owner of Dynamics Ecological Design Associates and a long-time permaculture teacher and designer. He lives in Keene, New Hampshire. Eric Toensmeier is a plant researcher, agricultural educator, and permaculturist who lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts."


"Edible Forest Gardens offers a vision of the garden that reaches well beneath its aesthetic surface and into its ecological depths. It reminds us that whatever gardens are an oasis from, they can never be an oasis from the natural world or our own underlying economic needs." Verlyn Klinkenborg, from a review in The New York Times

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