(An excerpt from the book). Gaia’s Garden is divided into three parts. Part 1 develops the idea, introduced in chapter 1, of the garden as an ecosystem. Chapter 2. The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka Animal, Vegetable . Extensively revised and expanded second edition of Gaia’s Garden broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban.

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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. Paperbackpages. Hemenway uses ecology, botany, biology, and chemistry to explain how to reason garden design yourself. There was gagden follow up though. In the heart of LA!

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In section three I found exactly what I needed: It will inspire you to arrange your environment so that the elements that are most important to you are also closest at hand “Zones”.

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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. Description The first edition of Gaiais Garden sparked the imagination of Americais home gardeners, introducing permacultureis central yaia Books By Toby Hemenway.

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway

So the reader gains general tools and also the skill to apply them, with the added bonus that most examples were chosen for their relevance gaka North American climate and soil, so US-based readers can try them out first before striking out on their own designs. Bright-featured songbirds feed on abundant berries and gather twigs for their nests.


They are here to stay and flourish. I found the explanations of natural processes very enlightening, and the species charts very useful.

Reading the book in bits and pieces over the last year – in part because I was busy with building a community garden, among other things! Buy the selected items together This item: Instead, by working with nature instead of against it, problems can become signals, temporary obstacles, or just part of the normal flow. You may also like Put this book into action, and you’ll begin to live an example that positively shifts your own community and beyond.

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Chapter 9 offers several methods for designing garden guilds. Toby passed away in The garden exemplars and case studies which are reviewed at length by the author tpby intriguing archetypes from which readers can extrapolate to their own climates and locations.

And if I did those links correctly, they should also add to your coffers for world domination. If and when I get it I will use the link. Those looking for permaculture inspiration and general info. You recline into a hammock to admire your work. This book gaaia how I think about design and systems, especially in the context of gardening and home design.


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I also give a few tips and techniques for accelerating this process. Keep this tiny ad: Best of all, doing so with this book is simple, juicy, and fun. The flowers nurture endangered pollinators.

I have been using it all along as well – to learn how to sheet mulch, to make plant lists for different purposes – insectary, nitrogen fixing, nurse plants, and more, and to make designs for the herb spiral Garven built in my front yard, and to redo my front garden very slowly. The main text of the book explains the ideas behind an ecological garden, and gives examples and descriptions of the ideas in action.

The tools presented in this book like sheet mulching, swales, and herb spirals are very popular in Permaculture circles, to the point of dogma. Gaia’s Garden is one of the more important, a book that will be absolutely necessary in the world ahead. The book is very in depth and gives wonderful examples with specific plants not just general concepts – the only thing I would have liked to see more of was pictures of actual permaculture gardens.

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