This is a small area in the front yard in Jakarta. What I have right now are three mango trees providing a rather dense and low canopy. This is bordered to the south with the house and a fence/wall runs through it forming an effective boundary to the North. Along the North and West we have lime and Jackfruit trees. To the east things open up a bit and there is a Papaya tree which is tall enough.

There isn't much direct light at this point reaching in (I am considering pruning back the mangos a bit after the harvest) but this will change as the papayas get just a little taller too, so I am looking for shrubs I can plant between the papaya and the mangos.

For a food forest, what are the main recommendations? I can tell you there is insufficient sunlight for cassava to do well at present.

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Pigeon pea (Cajanus cajan) or Moringa, depending on what you want. Both plants will fix nitrogen and provide nutrient-dense edibles; they are perfect for chop and drop mulching too.

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