Book: A Food Forest In Your Garden


A step-by-step guide to creating and managing a food forest garden in a cooler climate. With chapters on planning, planting, maintaining and eating from your garden, plus a 180-page directory of suitable plants.

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A Food Forest in your Garden

£19.95 – free postage   ISBN: 978 1 85623 299 9

After many years of being asked when I was going to write a book on forest gardening – here it is!

This book condenses all my experience of how to do forest gardening in a cool climate or small garden into one volume, with 180 pages of plant profiles and chapters on

– Understanding forest gardens
– Designing a forest garden
– Implementing a forest garden
– Maintaining a forest garden
– Cooking and eating from forest gardens

Topics include how to source and propagate forest garden plants, a practical guide to rolling out and adapting a plan in various situations, how to get the most from plants through pruning, how to design to avoid weed problems in the future, how to make sure that your food forest stays accessible at all times of year and, most important of all, methods of cooking the produce. I explain forest gardening principles such as ‘the more you pick, the more you get’, the Panda Principle and how the forest gardening year works.

If you would like your copy signed, please say so and tell me any dedication text you would like in the Additional Information box on the checkout page. Unfortunately due to Brexit I can only send to the UK, but for other countries it is also available from Permanent Publications and online booksellers.

It’s great to see a forest gardening book written with Scottish conditions in mind. This is one of the best recent books I’ve read aimed at smaller-scale forest gardens too, and is especially good with its coverage of the many herbaceous crops it is possible to grow.
Martin Crawford

Alan walks us through the theory and reality of creating a food forest, whatever the size of our plot. As the processes and delights of creating a home garden unfold, we are guided by useful observations and practical information. The directory of forest garden plants is an eye-opener and has me rethinking so many plants I’ve dismissed in the past. I wish I’d read this book before creating our first food forest!
Liz Zorab, Byther Farm

This is the book we in the North have been waiting for, as Alan Carter has a realistic understanding of the climate. He comes up with a remarkable range of edible plants that will ‘do’ and all the techniques needed to get them established, making a British forest garden seem wholly desirable and possible.
Fi Martynoga, editor of Scotland’s Wild Harvests

Neatly contained in Alan’s timely book is the knowledge to achieve greater productivity from your plot for many aspiring gardeners. You will view ‘untidy’ and ‘weedy’ gardens very differently after studying it, and see the role of tree fruit in a more important light. I thoroughly recommend it!
Andrew Lear, Appletreeman Nusery

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  1. I can’t recall how I first happened across Alan’s blog “Of Plums and Pignuts” – but it has been a much used resource for me – food gardening as I do in a shady damp garden in frequently cloudy North Lancashire. I particularly appreciate the way Alan presents the information on his plant trials, and reports on the failures as well as the successes, which is very useful when considering what might work a bit further south and west.
    I originally trained in plant ecology and for years was frustrated by wishful thinking permaculturists who seemed to be in denial about the light levels we high latitude gardeners work with… Alan’s years of methodical work have gone a long way to plugging that gap – I look forward to getting my hands on a copy of the book.

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