My motivation in trying to record the outputs from my small forest garden is to try and show what a small back garden scale plot can produce and how this develops year on year. In previous posts I've plotted up lots of numbers on the yields so far, but it is easy to get lost in the detail. I thought it would be useful to great an interactive visualisation of the produce for 2015.
The interactive graphic below shows the produce from 2015 from the forest garden, excluding what was grown in the polytunnel. I've categorised the produce into: fruit, nuts, vegetables, stems, herbs and leaves. The image shows the total produce for the calendar year in kg. If you click on one of the circles it zooms in and shows the detail of the produce within it.
I hope this shows the real variety of different produce a forest garden can yield. There is clearly a heavy weighting towards fruit and nuts compared to a traditional allotment or vegetable garden because of the high proportion of perennial plants. It is certainly possible to produce more vegetables with this kind of gardening using potatoes and other tubers etc. I'm experimenting with using a polytunnel to complement and extend the season, but in terms of effort required the forest garden wins hands down.
For reference the area of the garden (including some paths and hard standing is about 230 m2 and the first trees were planted at the beginning of 2009.