Growing Medicinal Trees and Shrubs
Innovation in growing medicinal trees and shrubs
We aim to showcase further examples of ways to integrate medicinal trees and shrubs into growing sites.
Coppicing and pollarding
Coppicing refers to cutting woody perennials to the ground on a rotation basis, from several years to much longer. The technique has a longstanding tradition in producing wood for many different purposes, from houseold to industrial uses. This approach can be used to maximise production of fresh young stems for bark, flowers, fruit and leaves.
Permaculture offers a way of designing a growing project which is highly efficient through maximising use of space and resources needed for plant growth. By considering the needs of people and the environment along with plant requirements a project can be customised to fit with the available site. Characteristic of permaculture design are highly productive forest gardens or food forests.
Agroforestry generally refers to cropping with trees or pasture for animals with trees. Alleycropping has been a focus of some recent initiatives, in the UK and in Europe. By sizing alleys wide to allow mechanised access for cultivation and harvest, a wide range of possibilities are emerging.
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Spicebush is a North American woodland shrub with aromatic leaves and spicy berries that is worthy of greater recognition.
Essentials Success in drying herbs starts with a good harvest - it is important to source fresh plant material free of insects and damaged parts. For more about harvesting guidelines see Chapter 5 in The Medicinal Forest Garden Handbook. If fresh plant material is to...
Mulberry is a fantastic tree, not only for the fruit but also for the medicinal leaves! Medicinal effects Black mulberry leaves are antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, astringent, diaphoretic, hypoglycaemic. The black mulberry is rich in phenolic compounds...