Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture

Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture

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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 ot

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Review by for Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
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    What I really love about this book is how much Mr. Hemenway goes into the *reasons* that these methods work. Call me obsessive, but I like authors to provide a good reason their techniques work and not just say “OMG, look at this harvest, just do exactly what I do!” Mr. Hememway gives us beautiful, well-though out tables of different nutrients certain plants accumulate, what kinds of bugs they attract, plants that can tolerate drought or provide mulch on the spot, plants that have “spiky” roots that break up tough top-soil and plants that can provide structure or shade to other plants. It’s about using the attributes of different vegetation to do the work for you in a way that doesn’t adversely impact the land. Armed with this information, you can create your own “guilds” and areas of companion plants that work best for your location. Outside of a textbook, this is the most complete information on gardening I have ever come across. The author even presents the downsides of the methods in, what I feel, is a very even-handed manner. No one style fits every need and Mr. Hemenway addresses that. This is my favorite gardening book, period.

  2. subeterranean says:

    Review by subeterranean for Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
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    This book is a wealth of information. It teaches how to design and grow a home garden using permaculture and ecological gardening techniques. These techniques are designed to minimize input regarding fertilizers, pesticides and time, by imitating nature. Nature shows us that many different species of plants perform better together than one species. In permaculture each plant has more than one purpose. Not only will the plant provide food, but it may also shade another plant or attract beneficial insects. In Gaia’s Garden you’ll learn how to implement these ideas to create your own sustainable food forest.

  3. Christian Remington says:

    Review by Christian Remington for Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
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    In my opinion, this is the best introduction to permaculture. It is very well written in a style that is easy to read and understand. There are, also, many color photographs and illustrations throughout the work. The author makes a point to direct the reader to the bibliography for further study of any subject covered throughout. Thank you Toby!

  4. Paul Wheaton says:

    Review by Paul Wheaton for Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
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    I have read nearly every permaculture book written, and I have visited with thousands of people about permaculture. I have to say that this is the book I recommend the most often, but it is also the book I quote the most.

    If a person is going to get just one permaculture book, this is the book to get.

  5. Reni says:

    Review by Reni for Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture
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    Wonderful book which opened my eyes to different possibilities! Even saw some examples of Huegelkultur at an outdoor farm house museum in Graz, Austria this summer, something which was described in the “Gaia’s Garden” book. This mound of brush, compost, and dirt was successfully growing a variety of veggies. “Gaia’s Garden” encourages innovative thinking as I begin to explore what varieties of fruiting plants are available from around the world and which may work on my particular suburban lot. Recommending this book to many of my gardening family & friends who are working on developing a healthy food production ecology in their own back yards.

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