What would a food forest look like in your yard?
Joe Kovach, a retired researcher at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center near Wooster and an expert in polyculture, envisioned one possible arrangement.
The food forest might start with a clump of fruit or nut trees, with blueberry bushes planted in a semicircle in front of them. Raspberry bushes would fill in the corners.
Tomatoes and peppers could be planted in front, interspersed with onions, beets and broccoli. A border planting of strawberries would outline the grouping.
Use multiple varieties of each crop, Kovach suggested, and either spread out the plantings over time or use early, mid and late varieties to extend the harvest and reduce the chance of an insect or disease wiping out the entire crop.
— Mary Beth Breckenridge