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

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    Toby Hemenway(Author)

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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 structureCatching and conserving water in the landscapeProviding habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animalsGrowing an edible forest that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foodsThis 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.

aThis is a book you will use and re-use, and enjoy having around for a long time.a--Peter Bane, "The Permaculture Activist" (Refers to the first edition of "Gaiaas Garden") "Practical science for making your yard produce food and beauty."--Rose O'Donnell, "The Seattle Times" (Refers to the first edition of "Gaia's Garden")"A gardener's blueprint for ecological abundance from the ground up."--Steve Spreckel, "Acres USA" (Refers to the first edition of "Gaia's Garden")"Become a sustainable producer of resources instead of a wasteful consumer. This wonderful book shows you how by helping you create and enhance beautiful backyard ecosystems within the garden. Put this book into action, and you'll begin to live an example that positively shifts your own community and beyond. Best of all, doing so with this book is simple, juicy, and fun."--Brad Lancaster, author of "Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond" and http: //"There is so much wisdom in "Gaia's Garden" that I would need a dozen columns to do it justice. . . a bold, wonderful, nature-embracing and completely sensible vision of the future."--Justin Siskin, "Los Angeles Daily News" (Refers to the first edition of "Gaia's Garden")"Takes the native plants and organic gardening movement to the next level."--Joel M. Lerner, "The Washington Post" (Refers to the first edition of "Gaia's Garden")"The world didn't come with an operating manual, so it's a good thing that some wise people have from time to time written them. "Gaia's Garden" is one of the more important, a book that will be absolutely necessary in the world ahead."--Bill McKibben, author of "Deep Economy" and "Hope, Human and Wild""This is a book you will use and re-use, and enjoy having around for a long time."--Peter Bane, "The Permaculture Activist" (Refers to the first edition of "Gaia's Garden")"Outlines a revolutionary course for the future of gardening and agriculture."--Dr. John Todd, founder of The New Alchemy Institute (Refers to the first edition of "Gaia's Garden")"Toby's fun, well-grounded, and engaging book is fast becoming a classic, and deservedly so. Practical yet visionary, broad-ranging yet focused on the basics one needs to know, this is a great place to start on the permaculture path. The new edition builds solidly on the success of the first. Congratulations!"--Dave Jacke, co-author of the two-volume "Edible Forest Gardens""Toby Hemenway's "Gaia's Garden" will be recorded in history as a milestone for gardeners and landscapers--a fusion of the practical and the visionary--using the natural intelligence of Earth's symbiotic communities to strengthen and sustain ecosystems in which humans are a partner, not a competitor. An amazing achievement showing how we can and must live in harmony with nature!"--Paul Stamets, author of "Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World"""Gaia's Garden" is simply the best permaculture book ever written, and is in the running for best gardening book ever written. No one should be without it."--Sharon Astyk, author of "Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front""Permaculture gardens are no longer a thing of the future. They are here to stay and flourish. "Gaia's Garden" is enlightening and required reading for all people who desire to make their home's landscape healthy, sustainable, and healing."--Robert Kourik, author of "Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape--Naturally"

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  • PDF | 328 pages
  • Toby Hemenway(Author)
  • Chelsea Green Publishing Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (7 Jun. 2009)
  • English
  • 10
  • Home & Garden

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  • By A. Blackburn on 23 March 2013

    This is the first gardening book I have sat and read from cover to cover. Some previous reviewers said that they had found the American references got in the way of a good book... I do not find that this is the case as things that do not apply are far and few between. The only thing that is hampered by the American thing are the plant lists, but even these are not a problem as the reader is given so many other choices, and as Mr Hemenway points out you can pick and choose.Thank you Toby Hemenway for producing such an accessible, thorough and affordable book on permaculture. If you can afford only one book on gardening of any-sort, buy this one.

  • By charley on 2 June 2017

    A very informative book for the garden,even though it is American the practices are relevant to this country.

  • By keith on 22 December 2016


  • By Luke Warren Wills on 5 May 2011

    I have Permaculture One and "the big black book" Permaculture a designers manual.Not coming from a gardening/agricultural background I got a little frustrated with Bill Molisons books as I thought they would be more hands on. Dont get me wrong, the previously mentioned books are amazing and now that i have a little more practise and knowledge in this area I couldnt do without them. Bill Mollisons books are very good but give you the information and the principles and then your on your own. This is fine for someone that already knows a little about this subject but not so great for a total beginner.So, Gaia's Garden should be the first stop for someone that wants to get into permaculture. It gives a great explanation of what permaculture is and its principals in one chapter, before passing on to how to put the principles into practise. You get great examples of all the principles with great images and anecdotes. It gives you lots of guidance and has a great reference section for further reading.I wish i had bought this book first as it would have avoided me a little frustration.I would add "The Self sufficient life and how to live it" to this book if you have no gardening experience. Gaias garden will give you the Permaculture principles and the self sufficient life will show you how to take care of the plants, animals etc.Hope this helps.

  • By Scribbleuk on 18 December 2013

    It is quite a lengthy read which is refreshing in some respects as so many gardening books are just crammed full of photographs with minimal real content. My gripes with this book are partly to do with an American audience in mind as American examples are used throughout the book. From what I've read so far Permaculture in the UK climate is a slightly different game to more temperate climates. The second gripe is that the author just takes ages to get to the point, and often the text is very repetitive. It could quite easily be condensed and provide the same level of technical detail.

  • By theleveller on 17 October 2011

    This is a good introduction to permaculture - with two reservations. Firstly, it's an American book and the varieties, climate and lifestyle that are covered are often very different from those we are used to in the UK. Secondly, I found it quite tedious to read at times as it's difficult to just pick out the practical advice from the wealth of detail, scientific data and so forth which, whilst making this a very comprehensive book, is not always pertinent to the practical gardener.So, all in all, an excellent introduction to the priciples of permaculture, but to put them into effect you will probably need to already be an experienced gardener to work out what will and will not work in your UK plot and adapt the varieties and the techniques accordingly.

  • By deanom on 22 July 2011

    I bought this book as an experienced Permaculturalist, and wasn't disappointed. I found it to be an ideal bridge from conventional gardening, to using Permaculture on a small scale.It is written in a way that makes it easy to understand, the pictures make my non permacultural family say that they want a garden like that,and there is enough about Permaculture design, and Principles, to tempt people to take it further.If you want to find out more about Permaculture, this is a good book to start with. If you want to ease others into a permaculture lifestyle, this book is an ideal gift, and has worked for my family.

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