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What is a food forest?

A food forest, food border or food garden is a special piece of “edible” nature. Usually one speaks of food forest from 0.5 hectare. But we are a bit more ‘creative’ and edible forest edges or food forest gardens are also great as far as we are concerned.

That’s why ‘Tiny Food Forest’ a better, more neutral understanding of what we do. Because we want to give everyone the building blocks to work with “CO2 Neutral nice garden” whether you have a large or small or even no garden. Once you get the hang of it …

A ‘Tiny Food Forest’ is a boon to biodiversity.

A forest does fine without us. No mowing, weeding, spraying or pesticide use. In our ‘Tiny Food Forest’ we simulate a forest edge, but with edible perennials and shrubs.

Robert Hart is our great example. The food forest pioneer and its principles

The 7 layers of a Tinyforest. Or are there nine?

Perhaps it does not matter immediately, but science sometimes discovers new insights that correct old wisdom. These are the 7 layers that ‘Robert Hart’ has always used.

  1. Crown layer with large trees more than 8 meters high.
  2. Intermediate layer with smaller trees and shrubs.
  3. Shrub layer of 1 to 3 meters high
  4. Herb layer with plants from 0.5 to 1 meter
  5. Ground covers that stay close to the ground.
  6. Climbing plants
  7. Roots and tubers

We speak of 9 layers by adding a wetland layer and a fungus layer. We usually stick to seven.

Help, I have no room for trees.

With trees it is a bit like in love. Every pot has its lid. So there is always a tree that suits your plot of land. We help you with that. Because choosing the wrong tree will sooner or later be a problem. Having to trim a giant every year is not the intention. That is too much work.

What is the difference between a vegetable garden that you can also enjoy and a “Tinyfoodforest”?

At a Tiny Food Forest we focus on ‘perennial’ plants, shrubs, trees or climbers. We are, as it were, reaping the benefits without tossing the soil too much.

In a vegetable garden you mainly work with annual plants. That annual plants demand a lot from your soil because it must have enough food to grow up in a few months. So you have to constantly give your soil extra food. With monoculture you go one step further. You choose to grow only one variety on a very large scale. Then you exhaust your soil even more. That is why farmers have to fertilize so much.

The importance of the soil and the fungi ecosystem.

The soil is often turned upside down during annual crops. Digging, digging, … you could compare it to washing your wool sweater by hand or putting it in a washing machine.

It is not so long ago (2019) that scientists discovered how important this soil full of fungi really is. Trees and fungi live in perfect symbiosis. They attach themselves to the tree roots. In this way, they enhance the tree’s ability to access water and nutrients, while providing the tree with the CO2 necessary for the fungi to survive.

In a ‘Tinyforest’ the bottom remains almost intact. Because annual turning up, digging and digging is not an option. So those fungi can thrive.

Do you want to know how you can get started yourself? We have developed a simple step-by-step plan.

Then click here and find out more about it. Who knows, sooner or later you can feast on goodies from your garden for 10 months.

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