This book is fantastic.
For example, in the shrub species section of the book, I discovered some information that still amazes me: fuchsias actually bear fruit! The only reason we don’t know this is because most fuchsias outside of South America have been bred for their flowers rather than their fruit. The fruit is described as “reminiscent of plum with a peppery aftertaste”. Imagine a jam made with this fruit!
So if that isn’t enough to make you at least pick up the book, let me list these bonuses. There are plant photos along with the names and descriptions. The introductory chapters clearly define what exactly a forest garden is, and how maintaining it is a delicate balance. Too many trees and shade, your edible “crops” will suffer. But without the canopy growth, you won’t have the proper variables for growing certain plants.
Clearly written by someone that has a comfortable working knowledge of gardening, forestry, ecology, and farming, I also found out via Greenbooks Online that the author Martin Crawford
“has spent over 20 years in organic agriculture and horticulture and is director of The Agroforestry Research Trust, a non-profit-making charity that researches into temperate agroforestry and all aspects of plant cropping and uses, with a focus on tree, shrub and perennial crops.”