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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Quince (Cydonia oblonga) A small Asian tree that has medicinal uses not only for its golden aromatic fruits but also bark, leaves and seeds. Medicinal effects The quince is most widely known for its fruit which has anti-oxidant, astringent, carminative, diuretic and...
How do you sustainably harvest trees in the medicinal forest garden? What if you need to stop medicinal trees from getting too large? What works well in a permaculture design for producing botanical supplies such as bark, flowers, fruit and leaves from trees? In Part...
How does pollarding work? What works well in a permaculture design for harvesting botanical supplies such as bark, flowers, fruit and leaves from trees? Which trees pollard best? In Part 1 of this blog I focused on pollarding as a useful approach, and here in Part 2 I...
An extensive urban park in Essex now includes a biodiverse forest garden including many culinary and medicinal plants, described here by guest author Madeleine Paine, landscaping and garden designer. Getting started I have worked both paid and voluntarily at Harlow...
Hawthorn (Crataegus monogyna) A small European tree, with fragrant flowers, leaves and red berries all providing benefits to the circulation. Medicinal effects The hawthorn is in the rose (Rosaceae) family. Medicinal actions are antioxidant, cardiotonic,...
Dilston Physic Garden in Northumberland hosts over 700 medicinal plant species!