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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 (Paperback)

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 By Christina Chung Cover Image
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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.

About the Author

Christina Chung of creates educational content to make gardening accessible for a wide range of online audiences. After completing the Horticulture Technician Foundation program through The UBC Botanical Garden's Horticulture Training Program, Chris served as the program’s coordinator for two years. Working as an educator, she created and taught small-scale urban food production courses. Chris’s current passion for growing perennial edible plants has led her to investigate the viability of introducing thoughtfully designed food forests or “layered” plantings into residential-scale gardens in Metro Vancouver, Canada. She completed further training through Gaia College’s Organic Horticulture Specialist Program.

Praise For…

The Layered Edible Garden provides a next step for intrepid edible gardeners to level up—literally—their gardens, adding more texture, height, and beauty. Christina is a fantastic educator and someone I've learned a lot from personally. I can't recommend her book enough.”

Kevin Espiritu. and author of Epic Homesteading

"Chris is a master of layering her garden with beautiful plants, wonderful textures, and of course delicious edibles. This book has great examples of grown in spaces and breakdowns of unique plants that serve multiple purposes."

Jacques Lyakov of @jacquesinthegarden

“Christina is a botanist’s gardener. Her sophisticated appreciation of botany and ecology allows her to introduce the diversity of natural plant communities into the vegetable garden. This book is the perfect guide to bring plant biology into your backyard!”

Jacob Suissa, Ph.D. and Ben Goulet-Scott, Ph.D., co-founders of Let’s Botanize, Inc.

"Thanks to its enthusiastic, engaging narrator and vibrant color photographs, this informative book will appeal to vegetable gardeners who want to explore new methods and unexpected choices in their edible gardens."

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780760385593
ISBN-10: 0760385599
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
Publication Date: February 27th, 2024
Pages: 224
Language: English