Indigenous plants are used alongside introductions to constantly explore the carrying
capacity of the garden.
Various microclimates are made use of including the protection afforded by two greenhouses
on the site.
Crop successions are an important and satisfying part of the annual round as they
appear each season with no or very little preparation.
The ground layer-Dandelion,Hawkbit, Hawkweed, Catsear, Plantain, Primrose, Common
Mallow, Mallow Moschata. Sea Beet, Sea Radish, Sorrel, Meadow Rocket, Turkish Rocket,
Italian Rocket, Leaf Celery, Rock Samphire, Sedum Reflexum, Sedum Spectabile, Sedum
Telephonium, Lettuce Salad Bowl, Chinese Mustard, Chives, Chinese Chives, Welsh Onion,
Land Cress, Chickweed, New Zealand Spinach, Bladder Campion, Milk Thistle, Nipplewort,
Pellitory of-the wall, Three Cornered Leek, Lambs Lettuce, Applemint, Spearmint,
Pineapple Mint, Yarrow, Ladies Mantle, Salad Burnet, alpine strawberry.
The herb layer-Alexanders, Cow Parsley, Cow Parsnip, Evening Primrose, Tree Mallow,
Mallow Crispa, Celtuce, Black Mustard, Wild Cabbage, Mugwort, Santolina, Rue, Rosemary,
Russian Tarragon, French Tarragon, Marjoram, Mullein, Lavender, Lemon Balm, Lemon
Verbena, Russian Kale, Siberian Kale, Rhuburb, Curry Plant, Fennel.
The shrub layer-Blackcurrent, Redcurrent, Raspberry, Gooseberry, Gogi Berry, Chilean
Guava, Nanking cherry, Fuschia berry, Quince, Applerose, The Salt Bush, The lemonade
Bush (Rhus), The Oregon Grape ( Mahonia Japonica), The pineapple Guava (Frijoa),
The tree layer-Apple varieties (Discovery, Lane s Prince Albert, Blenheim Orange,
Sunset, Egremont Russet, Ribston Pippin, Bramley, Irish Peach, Worcester Permain,
Charles Ross, Tom Putt ,Ellisons Orange, Jonagold, Jupiter. John Downie Crab and
self seeded of unknown parents.), Pears (Comice and William), Plums (Victoria and
Opal) Apricot (Gold Cott), Almond (Robijn), Medlar (Nottingham), Mediteranean Medlar,
Hawthorns (Arnoldiana, Schradiana, Douglassi), Buckthorns (Himalayan Tree and variety
Hergo), Eleaegnus Ebbingei (Limelight, Coastal Gold, Forest Edge), Eleagnus Multiflora,
Eleagnus Umbellata, The strawberry Tree, The Jujube Tree, Fig, Kentish Cobnut, Sorbus,Olive.
The climbers-Blackberry, hybrid berry, Nasturtium, The chocolate Vine (Akebia), Kiwi
Fruit (Arguta), Grapes ( Black Hamburg and Muscat)
Invaluable Sources of Information-Agroforestry Research Trust Catalogue and publications
; Plants for a Future - Ken Fern, book and website; The Herbal Books of Juliette
de Bairacli Levy; The Forest Garden Robert A de J Hart; How to Make a Forest Garden
Patrick Whitefield; Food For Free Richard Mabey; Salads The Year Round Joy Larcomb;
A Discourse on Sallets John Evelyn 1699 and many other articles and publications
seen across the years.
The plot was first planted in 1982 and has been added to across the years. A number
of plants have failed or are struggling against the harshness of the environment;
buffeted by salt laden winds from all four quarters, seduced into early growth by
the mild winters and recently hit by a late frost, said to have been the worst for
54yrs in Cornwall, the high alkalinity of the soil which is mainly wind blown sand
and the predation of rabbits and slugs and snails. Despite all this the last twenty
five years have seen some progress that I hope to show on the following pages.