A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture
Toby Hemenway, 2009, Second Edition, 320 pp.
SECTION: Permaculture and Trees,
How To Grow More Vegetables… shows you how to intensively and sustainably grow high yielding crops in a very small space. Gaia's Garden shows you how to make the rest of your yard into a self-sustaining "food forest." Many experts consider this the best book on permaculture. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, this book shows you how to apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it's established, Gaia's Garden will help you reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that's needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden. This book makes it 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, and growing an edible "forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. "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… 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
APPROX WEIGHT: 1.3 lbs.