Food Forest Gardens utilize Permaculture (“Permanent Agriculture”) design principles that produce regenerative and prolific gardens that require less work over time. The idea is not to garden in a forest but to mimic the many connections present in a forest setting from the soil to plant placement. Typically, forest gardens are planted in five to seven layers consisting of a large tree canopy, followed by a dwarf to semi-dwarf fruiting tree, small to medium sized fruiting shrub, herbaceous annuals or perennials, root crops, ground covers and vines. Emphasis is placed on many varieties of perennial plants that serve multiple purposes. Many urban forest gardens include small birds and animals.
Fall and cooler temperatures are just around the corner. Fall is a great season to perform turf work. As evening temperatures dip towards 50°, seed and aerate your lawn with the appropriate seed.