The Home-Scale Forest Garden

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How to plan, plant, and tend a resilient edible landscape

Dani Baker

Learn how to create an edible forest garden from canopy to groundcover, modelled after nature – perfect for gardeners and growers at any scale. Includes over 100 cold-hardy berry bushes, fruit and nut trees, perennial vegetables, herbs, edible flowers, mushrooms and more.

When market gardener Dani Baker attended a permaculture workshop at her local Cooperative Extension office in upstate New York, she was inspired by its message of working with nature to create a thriving edible garden ecosystem. She immediately launched a new experiment she dubbed the “Enchanted Edible Forest.” In The Home-Scale Forest Garden, Baker shares what she learned as she became a forest gardener, providing a practical, in-depth guide to creating a beautiful, bountiful edible landscape at any scale – from a few dozen square feet to an acre or more.


The Home-Scale Forest Garden is complete with descriptions of over 100 food-bearing and multifunctional plants for every layer of a forest garden: overstory and understory trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, groundcovers, vines, and mushrooms, too.

Discover how to create a resilient forest garden ecosystem, including:

    •  Using permaculture principles
    •   Observing and mapping your space
    •   Building planting beds, including hügelkultur mounds
    •   Coping with saturated soil
    •   Matching perennial edible plants to the right growing conditions
    •   Grouping plants in diverse layers that attract and shelter beneficial insects and birds
    •   Creating microclimates to increase the range of plants you can grow
    •   Pruning, propagating, managing pests, and more
    •   Expending less energy for greater reward

The book includes over 200 photographs taken over 10 years of forest development, along with illustrations of a garden layout and special plant groupings for a range of conditions, including hot, dry sites and shady, moist sites.

This is the perfect guide for gardeners of all experience levels who want to work with nature’s model and expand the range of food crops they grow as they embark on their own forest garden adventure.


“A thoroughly enjoyable read…This book should be of great use to anybody making a forest garden on any scale.” – Martin Crawford, author of Creating a Forest Garden; founder, Agroforestry Research Trust

“Dani Baker enriches cold-climate forest gardening with candid details of successes and (importantly) failures in her decade-old forest garden.” – Eric Toensmeier, author of Perennial Vegetable; co-author of Edible Forest Gardens.

Product details

Published 2022
Chelsea Green Publishing
Softcover, colour photographs throughout, 326 pages. 
ISBN: 9781645020981


Dani Baker is a retired clinical psychologist and a self-taught gardener and photographer who learned her craft by immersing herself in reading, poring over nursery catalogs, attending workshops on permaculture and gardening, and enthusiastic trial-and-error experimentation. Her Enchanted Edible Forest garden is located at Cross Island Farms on Wellesley Island in the St Lawrence River between New York and Canada. There, she and her partner, David Belding, grow certified organic produce and raise grass-fed beef and goats. Dani conducts workshops and tours in her edible forest garden as well as giving presentations at organic farming conferences and other venues. She takes particular pleasure in inspiring others to try their hand at incorporating permaculture principles in their edible gardens.

Additional information

Weight 0.9 kg
Dimensions 254 × 203 × 18 mm

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