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Introduction to Forest Gardening (FG101)

Forest Gardening


A Forest Garden is the Ultimate ecological landscape, combining vegetable and fruit gardening with the highest quality wildlife habitat and soil-building ecology. This interactive Introduction to Forest Gardening course includes nearly 2 hours of instructional videos, plus exercises, design examples, plant lists and source recommedations, and general resources. We'll walk you through the entire process of starting your own forest garden and give you a practical overview of food forest gardening, including:
- The basic concepts and architecture in forest gardening,
- A calendar for your garden tasks for the entire year,
- Best perennial veggetables and tree crops for a forest garden,
- Links to sources on all of our recommended plants to save you time and money on shopping,
- Avoiding the most common forest gardening mistakes,
- A simple, multi-step process for how to get started.

  • 1. The Ultimate Ecological Landscape
  • The Story of Forest Gardening
  • Forest Garden Basics and Architecture
  • Avoiding Common Forest Garden Mistakes
  • Getting Started...
  • Design Your Garden: STEP 1!
  • Selecting Trees
  • Recommended Perennial Vegetables (With Sources!)
  • STEP 2! Pick some Main Crop plants!
  • Polyculture Design Basics
  • Some Basic Patterns for a Successful Forest Garden
  • Basic Guild Example
  • STEP 3: Recruiting Plants as Garden Workers
  • Plants by Forest Garden Layer
  • STEP 4: Compile your plant list
  • Recommended nurseries and resources for beginners
  • The Basics of Paths and Nodes.
  • Putting it all together
  • Forest Garden Design Calendar
  • Design it!
  • Forest Garden Inspiration and Images.pptx.pdf
Completion rules
  • All units must be completed
  • Leads to a certification with a duration: Forever