The Layered Edible Garden

A Beginner's Guide to Creating a Productive Food Garden Layer by Layer – From Ground Covers to Trees and Everything in Between

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Pub Date 27 Feb 2024 | Archive Date 12 Jan 2024

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Design, plant, and tend a self-sustaining, high-yielding food garden that saves space by growing plants the way nature intended—in layers. 

Say goodbye to long, straight rows of vegetable plants lined up and waiting for attacks from pests and diseases, and say hello to an interplanted polyculture paradise, filled with layers of edible plants that outcompete weeds, share resources, and grow beautifully together.

In The Layered Edible Garden, author and food gardening pro Christina Chung of introduces a modern approach to home food gardening that follows nature’s lead by growing plants in mixed communities, instead of in agriculture-centric monocultures.

By intentionally including edible plants from 8 different layers (trees, sub-canopy trees, shrubs, vines, perennials, annuals, ground covers, and edible roots) in your home garden, you’ll be building a mini “food forest” that will produce food for years to come and require less work and fewer resources

With the insight found in The Layered Edible Garden, you’ll:
  • Learn how to transform your home’s landscape into an edible plant community  
  • Meet dozens of plants in each of the 8 layers
  • Discover the many perks of growing perennial food crops that return to the garden year after year 
  • Find design and planting advice to make your layered edible garden as attractive as it is productive
  • Be introduced to intensive planting strategies to organize plant layers in a functional and beautiful way 
  • Acquire info on how to establish new planting areas and how to utilize the existing garden features already present

Whether you have sun or shade, a large growing space or a small one, planting many layers of food plants together results in a diverse, low-maintenance edible garden, filled with plants that help support each other. The future of growing food is multi-layered.
Design, plant, and tend a self-sustaining, high-yielding food garden that saves space by growing plants the way nature intended—in layers. 

Say goodbye to long, straight rows of vegetable plants...

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Enjoyable, informative and accessible. I know very little about edible gardening and found the information here very helpful and easy to read/conceptualize. Think it would also be a worthwhile read for more experienced gardeners.

5 stars for now, but watch me come back in the spring and change it to 1 star when I realize it is much easier to read about gardening than to actually do it, and sending CURSES to the author on the reg. Jk jk, of course! 5 stars!

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This is a beautiful book, with lots of information and great pictures. Smart and logical layout, and because of the subject, there is a lot about landscaping as well as gardening. Anyone interested in plants will love this book, and it's a must for homesteaders and those who want to be self-sufficient.

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A very informative book on how to make the most of your garden space by growing in layers just like nature does. Lots of beautiful photographs for inspiration and an extensive range of different plants to grow for each area.

Easy to read and follow the instructions

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This is a beautifully designed guide
I will definitely buy for my green-thumbed husband as a gift. Helps gardeners at any level hone their skills to produce gorgeous layered gardens.

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