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Fruitful Forest

Perennial foods and the plants that support them.
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Catalog Indications Key
Light Full sun (4+ hours)
Full sun (4+ hours)
Part shade
Part shade
Full shade
Full shade
Moisture Likes it on the dry side / tolerates aridity
Likes it on the dry side / tolerates aridity
Average garden conditions
Average garden conditions
Water well / tolerates wet feet
Water well / tolerates wet feet
Fertility Tolerates or requires infertility
Tolerates or requires infertility
Average garden conditions
Average garden conditions
Requires high fertility for best results
Requires high fertility for best results
Acididy Does best in alkaline conditions
Does best in alkaline conditions
Does best in neutral soil
Does best in neutral soil
Does best in acid soils
Does best in acid soils
Other Supports bees and pollinators
Supports bees and pollinators


Fruitful Forest 2017 Catalog
Located in Halifax, Nova Scotia
Email us to place an order: thefruitfulforest@gmail.com
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TREES, NUT
Stock Type Indications Size Description Price
Black Walnut
Juglans nigra
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 100-130' A native hardy walnut ideal for lumber. Not compatible with roses, tomatoes or potatoes. $6.00
Butternut
Juglans cineria
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 66' A hardy native of the walnut family, nuts are delicious with a high oil content and good yeild. $8.00
Carpathian Walnut (limited)
Juglans regia x carpatica
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 80-120' The hardiest English walnut, with easy-to-open nuts. $8.00
Hazel, Dwarf Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 1-2'
Hazel- Northern Neohybrid
Corylus americana x cornuta x avellana
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 6-8' Hedging and coppicing variety, high yield of taasty nuts and blight-resistent.--buy two to ensure pollination.
Hazel-American
Corylus americana
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 5-10'
Shagbark Hickory
Carya Ovata
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 100' A tree from the pecan family, the nuts are just as tasty. Lumber used for tool handles. Will grow large (100', 30m) and can live over 350 years.
White Oak
Quercus Alba
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Requires high fertility for best results Does best in alkaline conditions Does best in neutral soil 100' Superior lumber, acorns edible with leaching or as livestock feed $4.00
FRUIT
Stock Type Indications Size Description Price
Black Elder
Sambucas
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Average garden conditions Water well / tolerates wet feet 8' Large yielding native shrub with decorative berries for you or the songbirds. Ideal for juice, jelly, or liqueur. Medicinal. Fares well in damp spots. $8.00
Currant, Red "Red Lake"
Ribes rubrum
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators Average garden conditions 3' This hardy shrub bears tangy fruit that are an important temperate source of vitamin C. Light red small and abundant berries. $6.00
Currant, Red "Red Gem"
Ribes rubrum
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators Average garden conditions 3' Larger dark red berries make for an easy harvest. An old variety. $6.00
Black Currant
Ribes Nigra
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators Average garden conditions 4' $8.00
Currant, White Pearl
Ribes Rubrum,var. Album
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators 3'
High Bush Cranberry
Viburnum trilobum
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators Average garden conditions 12' A large native shrub bearing panicles of white flowers and berries that hang on all winter. Food for songbirds, jellies or emergency food. $8.00
Mayapple
Podophyllum peltatum
Part shade Full shade Average garden conditions Water well / tolerates wet feet 12-14" An attractive, little-known shade goundcover native to the Carolinian bioregion. Hauntingly delicious fruit in autumn to be enjoyed in moderation. $6.00
Strawberry, Alpine, Woodland strawberry
Fragraria vesca
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Average garden conditions 3" Small berries (1 1/4”)with a flavourful impact on plants that can tolerate shade. Closer to the wild variety of strawberry.
White Soul Everbearing, prolific pale yellow fruit, very sweet with a pineapple tang, on runnerless plants $4.00
White Salmacher--(Limited) $4.00
Yellow wonder $4.00
Reines des vallees--(Limited) $4.00
Mignonette—(Limited) Everbearing red fruit on runnerless plants $4.00
PERENNIAL VEGETABLES
Stock Type Indications Size Description Price
Sylvetta Arugula
Diplotaxis tenuifolia
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators 2' A perennial salad green with a spicy twist. Any light level, very easy to grow. Bunches, will self seed liberally $4.00
Fiddlehead fern, Ostrich fern Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Full shade Average garden conditions Water well / tolerates wet feet 3' Any light level, Wet to ordinary garden soil. Dry soil will produce unattractive browning of foliage. Runs, expansive by rhizome, also bunches. A handy and attractive perennial for shade, providing edible springtime sprouts. $6.00
Good King Henry
Blitum bonus-henricus
Full sun (4+ hours) Requires high fertility for best results 3' Any light level, Wet to ordinary garden soil. Dry soil will produce unattractive browning of foliage. Runs, expansive by rhizome, also bunches. A handy and attractive perennial for shade, providing edible springtime sprouts. $6.00
Lovage
Levisticum officinale
Full sun (4+ hours) Supports bees and pollinators 3', flowers up to 7' A short lived perennial (3-5 years) used for soup stock and spice. Supports pollinators $6.00
Lemon Balm
Melissa officinalis
Full sun (4+ hours) Supports bees and pollinators Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions 24" A popular and delicious tea and medicinal plant. Groundcover, pollinator support, self seeding. $4.00
Rhubarb
Rhuem rabarbaram
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Requires high fertility for best results Supports bees and pollinators 8' Full sun to part shade. Bunches, wet to ordinary moisture. From seed. A traditional favourite. Medicinal, all parts toxic except stems. Ground cover. $6.00
Salad Burnet
Sanguisorba minor
Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions Full sun (4+ hours) A perennial salad green, and herb. Tasting like cucumber. Self seeds vigorously. $4.00
Sea Kale
Crambe maritima
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Water well / tolerates wet feet Requires high fertility for best results Supports bees and pollinators 24" A perennial kale-like plant, renowned for delicious sprouts. Bunches. $6.00
Sweet Cicely
Myhrris odorata
Part shade Full shade Supports bees and pollinators Fine lacy foliage and foamy white flowerheads make a statement in the shade. Any light level, Pollinator support, whole plant edible, tasting like black licorice. Young seeds taste like jelly beans. Bunches, self-seeds. $6.00
Solomon's Seal
Polygonatum biflorum
Part shade Full shade Requires high fertility for best results Supports bees and pollinators 4' A well behaved and easy perennial for any light level. Sprouts in springtime can be cooked in several changes of water for a spring vegetable vitamin boost $6.00
SUPPORT PLANTS
Stock Type Indications Size Description Price
Astilbe Bunching Shade Flower
Astible japonica
Part shade Full shade $6.00
Black Eyed Susan
Rudbeckia Hirta
Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions Full sun (4+ hours) Likes it on the dry side / tolerates aridity Average garden conditions Supports bees and pollinators Bunches, will self-sow unless deadheaded. 3” $4.00,
1 Gal $6.00
Black Locust (Limited)
Robinia pseudoacacia
Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions Likes it on the dry side / tolerates aridity Average garden conditions Supports bees and pollinators 40-100' A nitrogen fixing support tree. Hard lumber used for fenceposts, seeds to feed chickens. Useful in retaining disturbed soils. *Expansive by suckers.
Carpathian Bellflower, White
Campanula carpatica var album
Part shade Full shade Supports bees and pollinators 12" Lovely bell shaped flowers June-July that appreciate shade. Well-behaved clumper occupying a harder-to-fill food-forest niche. 3” $4.00,
1 Gal $6.00
Feather Reed Grass
Calamagrostis acutiflora 'Karl Foerster'
Full sun (4+ hours) Likes it on the dry side / tolerates aridity Average garden conditions Ornamental lawn replacement, Retains soil and provides winter interest. Useful in rain gardens. $6.00
Japan Silver Grass
Miscanthus sisnensis
Full sun (4+ hours) Likes it on the dry side / tolerates aridity Average garden conditions 5' Ornamental lawn replacement, Retains soil and provides winter interest. Useful in rain gardens $6.00
Joe Pye Weed
Eutrochium purpureum
Full sun (4+ hours) Average garden conditions Water well / tolerates wet feet Supports bees and pollinators Native, wet meadow or swamp, up to 6 feet in height. Adored by bees. Assists rainwater infiltration and purifies runoff and pondwater. $6.00
Lance-leafed Coreopsis
Coreopsis lanceolata
Full sun (4+ hours) Supports bees and pollinators Cheery yellow flowers form an exclusive groundcover growing to 24”. Mat-forming. Assists pollinators $4.00
Mother of Thyme
Thymus praecox
Full sun (4+ hours) Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions Supports bees and pollinators 2" Low flowering groundcover and first rate grass replacer. A hardy thyme that spreads well. Medicinal. $4.00
Oregon Grape
Mahonia aquifolium
Full shade Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions Supports bees and pollinators 3-9' Nitrogen fixing evergreen groundcover. Medicinal. Good for shady groves and corners, Mahonia is intolerant of direct sunlight.
Oregano
Origanum vulgare
Full sun (4+ hours) Tolerates or requires infertility Average garden conditions Supports bees and pollinators 12" Pollinator support, ground cover, culinary herb, medicinal. An essential herb. $6.00
Sedum, Autumn Joy
Sedum herbstfreude
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators 18" Hardy bunching perennial with flowers that fill a difficult late-season blooming niche for pollinators.Clumps, a good candidate for lawn replacing groundcover and rain gardens, xeriscaping and rooftop gardens. $4.00
Valerian
Valeriana officinalis
Full sun (4+ hours) Part shade Supports bees and pollinators 3' Medicinal, pollinator support. Pink flowers. $6.00


VISION

Our vision is to promote low-effort and long lasting foods: the many nuts and fruit that we can grow in the Maritimes, as well as the growing number of available perennial vegetables that give back year after year.

We dream of a fully self-reliant region, transforming underutilized public and private space to create true food security for all!

FRUIT AND NUT TREES

One of our intents is to grow more food -producing trees. Why? Tree foods mitigate climate change by taking carbon and putting it into the soil where it can do the most good. Anchoring more carbon is a goal, and so we will focus on growing more nuts and fruits to plant throughout cities and in smaller orchards.

SUPPLIES WE USE

Rather than using unsustainably strip-mined top soil and peat moss, we use renewable compost and coconut coir in our business. We take our seed supply from our own adult plants or by sustainably wild-crafting them. In this way, we promote regional self reliance and give back to our economy and our bioregion.

PLANT REPRODUCTION, SPREADING, AND CONTROL

Whether by Bunching, Running, or Self sowing, all plants reproduce, and the way in which they do so will indicate whether they are the right plant for your location.

Plants can be expansive by seed (Sapphic Violet); rhizomes, which are underground stems (the Mints, Sweet Woodruff); Stolon, which are over-ground stems (some buttercups, strawberries); or layering, which are stems that bury their tips, root and becoming a new plant (Forsythia, some Roses, Raspberries).

For a small location we recommend only one strongly running plant, or none, and several bunching plants. For a larger location, running plants may be confined by changes in microclimate, swathes of mowed area, buried barriers such as vinyl siding or grazing.

Bunching: a plant gets bigger by doubling or quadrupling at the base. This creates a bunch that gets bigger over time.

Running: The plant acquires territory by sending out underground stems or runners, creating a loose assembly that fills a space quickly. Many of the mints are runners. Good for filling large spaces or the space between bunches. Not great if you want a tidy look for a very small space.

Self-sowing: A plant disperses seed which causes new plants to pop up in sometimes unexpected locations. Can make for a pleasant surprise and allows the plant to take care of its own replacement, seeking out locations that are best for its growth while sparing you the effort of resowing.

Invasive potential: We will always say how a plant may become invasive so that you can decide if it's suitable for a location which can control it. The plants we have included are in our opinion of value and should not be excluded based on the potential that they may be aggressive or exclusive in some circumstances. Almost all invasive plants are signs that an environment is disturbed or depleted or otherwise unhealthy.

QUESTIONS AND ORDERING

To order, simply send us an email at thefruitfulforest@gmail.com or contact us through our Facebook page. The same for any questions you may have on growing, supplies, varieties and their purpose.

We have a certified Permaculture Designer in our team and offer consultations for your property.

We can bring advice, help to create a design plan, add plant stock and even perform the installation for your property!

Much Thanks and looking forward to hearing from you,

Fruitful Forest
Perennial Vegetables and the
Plants that Support them

Jen, Jackie and Craig
thefruitfulforest@gmail.com
www.halifaxearth.ca/fruitfulforest
www.facebook.com/Fruitful-Forest