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Plant Lover's Backyard Forest Garden : Trees, Fruit and Veg in Small Spaces - Pippa Chapman

Plant Lover's Backyard Forest Garden

Trees, Fruit and Veg in Small Spaces

By: Pippa Chapman

Paperback | 6 January 2023

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Grow your own beautiful multilayered food forest in your own backyard.

Pippa Chapman is an RHS trained gardener who designs, plants and maintains abundant, biodiverse, edible and beautiful forest gardens. In The Plant Lover's Backyard Forest Garden, she shares her practical tips for realistically transforming your own plot, whatever its size, and with limited time, money and resources. A forest garden doesn’t have to be big; you can grow a productive edible paradise in pots and containers too.

Pippa explains how to create multiple layers on a small-scale to maximize your growing area, using polycultures and guilds for healthy, low-maintenance food. She shares how to use perennials for structure, year-round food, and incorporate flowers for beauty, wildlife and the kitchen.

Chapters on permaculture design and forest gardening give practical advice:
  • How to plan and plant your own garden, with guilds and plant profiles to give real-life examples to help you get started.
  • Useful tips on propagation and seed saving to help keep plant costs low.
  • A handy chapter on the soil-food web to help you understand your own soil and how to keep it healthy
Colour photos throughout

About the Author

Pippa Chapman has been gardening for over 30 years. In 2007 she left her job as Head Gardener on a private estate, to take a year-long practical apprenticeship at RHS Harlow Carr. She was introduced to forest gardening and permaculture and in 2010 set up a sustainable gardening business with her husband. She grows a wide variety of fruits, flowers, herbs and annual and perennial vegetables in her small backyard, creating a beautiful, edible and wildlife-friendly space.
Industry Reviews

"A beautifully clear guide to using the principles of forest gardening on a garden scale that perfectly balances the practical and inspirational with Pippa's personal experience."--Mark Diacono, food writer, grower, photographer and cook


"An inspiring and informative guide perfect for the aspiring food forest gardener. Pippa's expert advice speaks to both those who are just starting their permaculture journey as well as more experienced growers. She also shows that you don't need a large garden to create a beautiful and productive edible landscape."--Tanya Anderson, author of A Women's Garden


"If you dream of planting a forest garden but lack the space and know-how, this is the book for you. Pippa uses her vast practical knowledge of forest gardening and permaculture to show you how to create a garden that is both productive and beautiful. From planning to harvest, Pippa explains how to pack in the produce while also working with nature to produce a low maintenance haven for you, your family, and the wildlife that will become part of it."--Steve Ott, editor of Kitchen Garden magazine


"This beautifully illustrated book is full of practical wisdom, but is never prescriptive, and there is plenty of emphasis on how the principles of forest garden design can be tweaked and adapted to suit your own needs and circumstances."--Graham Burnett, permaculture teacher and author of The Vegan Book of Permaculture

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