Episode 122: The Forager’s Garden with Anna Locke

This episode I’m speaking to permaculture designer, teacher, author Anna Locke. Anna is my favourite type of gardener, in that she walks the walk and has a wealth of experience in growing edible plants. Anna has recently published a book called The Forager’s Garden, and in the interview, we talk about how to create an easy to look after yet productive space.

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What we cover

A forest garden is “a project to dip into and out of as time, money and opportunity comes along” (The Forager’s Garden). Can a garden really be that little work?

Guild planting

Grafting fruit trees onto wild hawthorns and blackthorn

The theory behind Anna’s ‘keep it for now’ policy

Hugelkultur beds


Advice for anyone starting a forager’s garden from scratch

How to ID the plants you have

About Anna Locke

Anna is a permaculture designer and teacher based in Hastings. She is also a community development project manger. With a solid background as a gardener, specialising in forager’s gardens, she offers a bespoke design service or consultancy. She has planted over 50 forager’s gardens of varying sizes, including a large ongoing project in Hornshurt Wood and in her own small-scale permaculture farm, both in East Sussex. She regularly holds workshops to empower people to plant their own, look out for- ‘How to Plant a Forager’s Garden’ on her instant courses website.



The Forager’s Garden by Anna Locke

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