Over the last year, I've had a lot of questions from native plant lovers who want to know if they can create native forest gardens, or even adapt their current native flower gardens into food forests.
In fact, many researchers now believe that the whole of the Eastern Woodland was one big "anthropogenic" food forest, meaning, humans were one of the keystone species controlling the plant varieties, spacings, etc. So, when we create native food forests, or at least food forests with lots of natives, we're re-creating our true lost "pre-Colombian" habitat.
In fact, our back-yard is a "mostly native" forest garden, that fades into an emerging native coppice lot (though this transformation is still underway.)
Transforming an existing native planting into a native forest garden is one of the easiest ways to get started with a food forest. And since you're handing over your maintenance to mother nature, who'd really like to turn your "native garden" into a forest anyway, it's probably one of the easiest ways to maintain your native planting.
To help you get started, I worked with my buddy PJ Chmiel to create an extensive list of edible native plants, along with our top recommendations, and included it as part of a free short email series:
This short series will focus on the basics, and giving tips for an easy, DIY approach to creating a small starter forest garden that can later be expanded to transform your entire yard. We'll get started in February and run through part of the growing season, so you don't have to worry about getting junk mail from us for all eternity.
Sign up and you'll get our pamphlet on edible native plants today!
And starting this Spring, we'll even help you walk through every step of creating your own forest garden with our complete Forest Gardening Course, which I'll be writing more about later. Right now, we haven't officially opened this course for registration, but we're taking feedback and questions. And for blog readers, it's available for an early registration discount that will go away once we launch the course. So now's the time to get a good deal!