You hear a lot of wild stories about exotic plants and trees that you want to give a place in your food forest. But you really don’t have to go that exotic when you start. Sometimes it’s smarter to experiment with tasty native species and learn from there.
But whichever plant you choose. Everything always starts with the right plant or tree in the right place. And a lot can be said about that place. Every tree or plant has a preferred spot. This can be the type of soil (loam, small, sand, …), the acidity of the soil and sun or no sun. Some trees or shrubs like wet feet again and don’t like it at all. Today, we would advise you to bet on sustainable trees and shrubs. Of course you can try to ignore all that but you are only making it difficult for yourself.
This database of Plants for a future It is already a handy tool.
Plants for a Future is a registered charity. They compiled a database of about 7,000 plant species. Research and provide information on edible and other useful plants that can grow outdoors in temperate climates. 1500 species of plants now grow on ‘The Field’ in Cornwall, their home base since 1989.
The main objectives of the organization are to conduct research and make information available on environmentally sustainable horticulture to promote ‘forest gardening’ – a high-diversity, holistic and permacultural approach. They strive to create a harmonious ecosystem with the least possible resources and energy, causing as little damage to the environment as possible while achieving high productivity.
But are you looking for it a little closer to home, you can do that here on this one climate trees finder looking for the right tree.
At the moment edible is not yet a separate selection, but we try to give a push in the right direction.
In any case, a good ‘tree supplier’ should certainly be able to give you sufficient advice. Because unfortunately, planting material is becoming scarce and you have to see what is in stock. That is why we recommend that you make a plan where you first think about shape and heights and only in a second instance you actually start filling in that plan with plants and trees.
Or even better, follow our webinar with Martin Hemry in Nov. He worked on this reference work for more than 4 years. A gem that should not be missing in any bookcase. He shares his knowledge about edible trees especially for us.