Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition (Google eBook)

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Chelsea Green Publishing, May 19, 2009 - Gardening - 328 pages
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The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.

Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:

  • Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
  • Catching and conserving water in the landscape
  • Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
  • Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods

This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.

  

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Great prose, insight, etc. - Goodreads
Perfect introduction to permaculture design. - Goodreads
Great intro to "permaculture" plant management systems. - Goodreads
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Review: Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture

User Review  - Malia Walter - Goodreads

An easy to understand introduction to Permaculture with valuable resource material. Read full review

Review: Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture

User Review  - Jay N - Goodreads

Excellent book! Lots of basic concepts of permaculture with examples and real life implementations described. Definitely made me think about some great ideas for my own garden and yard. Learned a wealth of information about gardening from this book. Read full review

Contents

Introducing the Ecological Garden
3
A Gardeners Ecology
21
Designing the Ecological Garden
36
Bringing the Soil to Life
71
Catching Conserving and Using Water
96
Plants for Many Uses
120
Bringing in the Bees Birds and Other Helpful Animals
150
Creating Communities for the Garden
175
Growing a Food Forest
208
Permaculture Gardening in the City
230
Pop Goes the Garden
257
A Sampling of Useful Plants
273
Glossary
286
Bibliography
289
Resources
294
Index
298

Designing Garden Guilds
192

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About the author (2009)

Toby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, now in its second edition, and an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University. After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories including Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was associate editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. His current project is developing urban sustainability resources in Portland, Oregon, where he now lives. He teaches permaculture and consults and lectures on ecological design throughout the country. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Whole Earth Review, Natural Home, and Kitchen Gardener, and he wrote the foreword for Heather C. Flores' Food Not Lawns. He is available for workshops, lectures, and consulting in ecological design. Visit his web site at http://www.patternliteracy.com

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