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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We think of it as an invasive weed but blackberry has a lot to offer! Medicinal effects Blackberry (Rubus fruticosus) is a common deciduous shrub sending out arching prickly stems up to 3-5 m long which in turn take root. The leaves and root are strongly astringent...
Delighting in conifers - the wonders of pine Pine trees are well known for their aroma, and provide a wonderful medicinal resource all year round. The buds and leaves or needles are rich in essential oils (particularly pineol). The medicinal effects are primarily...
Seeds and Plant Sources: Part 2 This is Part 2 of a blog about sourcing trees and shrubs for the medicinal forest garden. It can be difficult to find the right herbal seed and plant sources! But help is at hand in our two-part blog on (1) seed suppliers and (2) plant...