My name is Philipp Weiss and am the creator of this blog.. I have grown common vegetables ago 2007, but never liked preculturing, annual tillage and weeding much. My interest in woodland gardens awakened when started looking for alternatives to our annuals vegetables that need sauce on year after year. At first I thought that there were only a handful of perennial vegetables, but when I was tipped off about Martin Crawfords ”Creating a Forest Garden” opened a whole new world for me. Spring 2010 I started designing Putt Myra Forest Garden and spring 2011 planted the first trees. Back in autumn 2013 we harvested hazelnuts, blueberries, raspberries, mini kiwi and the first apples from the forest garden. The harvest was not great, but showed what potential forest garden has.
Forest Garden blog is about spreading knowledge and experiences on forest gardens for our very special climatic conditions in Sweden. It is based primarily on my experience in the establishment of Putt Myra Forest Garden in Stjärnsund, but I also write about forest gardens in other places and other related forest horticulture to. The hope is that more people will dare to get started with your own forest garden, in both large and small scale.
Spring 2016 I dropped the book Perennial vegetables: Discover, grow, enjoy (nominated as Garden Book of the Year 2016) I wrote with Annevi Sjöberg. Spring 2018 our book Forest Garden: Growing edibles everywhere (This year's garden book 2018).
Along with Rebecka Törnqvist I run a nursery for timber garden plants. I hold regular talks on forest gardening, sustainable entrepreneurship and is diploma permakulturdesigner. If you are interested in booking a presentation on forest gardens with me or want help to build up your own timber garden, you can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some word of caution: Some of the plants I write about on the blog is toxic for some time of the year, have poisonous parts or need to be cooked properly. Also, our stomachs unfamiliar with some of these plants and the occasional might be allergic to them without knowing it. So try things out carefully with plants you've never eaten before.