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Transform your garden to a multilayer food forest.


Your garden should have many layers, like a rainforest, to perform for biodiversity and climate, a leading garden designer has said.
Tom Massey, an award-winning horticulturist, said most gardens only have a couple of layers, with a mown lawn, some bushes and perhaps a tree. But adding multiple layers, with intermingled planting, helps to mimic what one may find in a biodiverse forest, with each layer giving benefits for wildlife.
“There’s a school of thought, or a concept, called a forest garden or a food forest,” said Massey, “and essentially it’s mimicking a natural forest. So you’ve got the canopy layer of the trees, you’ve got the climbing plants that scramble up the trees and climb on fences. You’ve then got the shrub layer, ground cover layer, you have mushrooms, you have this swale feature which holds water, and then you’ve got roots.
“So it’s a kind of multilayer garden with high degrees of biodiversity, intermingled planting, so rather than just having a block of shrubs, it’s got lots of different species growing harmoniously together.”

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  • George Kariuki

    68 w

    This is a great idea! Adding multiple layers to a garden can be a great way to create a more biodiverse environment, while also creating a beautiful and inviting space. With careful planning, a garden can become an oasis of biodiversity and a haven for wildlife.

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    • rosebellendiritu

      68 w

      This is nice and great idea too.it will accommodate more

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      • Videlis Eddie

        68 w

        Woow this awesome....the environment looks beautiful with good fresh air too

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        • Patrick Kiash

          68 w

          Nice

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          • Ann Mwaura

            68 w

            Beautiful.

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            • Gorffly mokua

              68 w

              Beautiful! Everyone will want to live in such environment, but No one wants to pay its cost!

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              • We Don't Have Time

                68 w

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                • Elizabeth Gathigia

                  68 w

                  It's amazing

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                  • Munene Mugambi

                    68 w

                    Very good idea here

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                    • Annett Michuki..

                      68 w

                      this is incredible

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                      • Evangeline Wanjiru

                        68 w

                        Extremely beautiful scenery right there

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                        • Ajema Lydiah

                          68 w

                          amazing,this will make the environment beautiful

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                          • Jane Wangui

                            68 w

                            Wow This is just beautiful.We should adapt this (many garden layers). Good for the fresh air too.

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