The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem

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by Christopher Shein
     
 

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Once a fringe topic, permaculture is moving to the mainstream as gardeners who are ready to take their organic gardening to the next level are discovering the wisdom of a simple system that emphasizes the idea that by taking care of the earth, the earth takes care of you.

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture teaches gardeners of every skill

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Overview

Once a fringe topic, permaculture is moving to the mainstream as gardeners who are ready to take their organic gardening to the next level are discovering the wisdom of a simple system that emphasizes the idea that by taking care of the earth, the earth takes care of you.

The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture teaches gardeners of every skill — with any size space — how to live in harmony with both nature and neighbors to produce and share an abundant food supply with minimal effort. Permaculture teacher Christopher Shein highlights everything you need to know to start living off the land lightly, including how to create rich, healthy, and low-cost soil, blend a functional food garden and decorative landscape, share the bounty with others, and much more.

This inspiring, easy-to-follow, information-packed, practical guide will help you transform your garden into a food forest that feeds you for years to come.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This handsomely designed, informative guide introduces both new and experienced gardeners to a system to transform their gardens and lawns into beautiful, edible landscapes. Schein, who owns a permaculture landscape business, covers basic permaculture concepts such as mapping sectors (the forces affecting a garden such as sun, wind, or a noisy neighbor), designing with zones (regions in the plot based on proximity and frequency of use), and creating polycultures -- "growing diverse plants together to create mutually beneficial relationships among them." Schein explains basic organic gardening methods such as soil testing, composting, and tree planting, but takes them a step further with instructions for more esoteric elements such as compost tea and permaculture favorites like herb spirals, hugelkultur, and sheet mulching. He gives cultivation advice not only for familiar vegetables but also fruit and nut trees, unusual perennial vegetables, edible weeds, and mushrooms. The book is profusely illustrated with drawings and color photographs, some of them so oversize that the plants they depict look unfamiliar. Although a little sparse on theory, the book gives gardeners a wide variety of tools to begin to use the principles and techniques of this "ancient yet cutting-edge technology."
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The Permaculture Podcast
"Shein's straightforward, practical guide describes techniques and deciphers terminology to encourage gardening practices built on principles of caring for the planet and sharing its bounty.”

East Oregonian
"If this is your first exposure to Permaculture: buy this book. If you know permaculture and want a way to share it with someone else… pick up a copy, it’s the right place for them, or you to start.”

Edible East Bay
"The book gives gardeners a wide variety of tools to begin to use the principles and techniques of this ‘ancient yet cutting-edge technology.'"

Permaculture Magazine
"With beautiful photos and an open layout, this book is easy to access and a fine afternoon read. Whether you are starting a new edible garden or looking to take your veggie patch to the next level, this book is worth exploring."

Garden Therapy
"Gives gardeners a wide variety of tools to begin to use the principles and techniques of this ‘ancient yet cutting-edge technology.'"

San Francisco Chronicle
“Straightforward and engaging… the book clearly outlines the steps you can choose to incorporate [permaculture] into your home landscape.”

PLACE - A Place for Sustainable Living
“Shein offers plenty of color photos, diagrams and plans for turning a backyard garden into an edible ecosystem.”

Booklist
"Shein's straightforward, practical guide describes techniques and deciphers terminology to encourage gardening practices built on principles of caring for the planet and sharing its bounty.”

The American Gardener
“The range of content in the book defines what permaculture is, how to apply these ideas in gardens, and ways to connect with community using a permaculture focus.”

(PLACE)

EatDrinkBetter.com
“Gardeners who are interested in experimenting with the permaculture approach to growing edibles would do well to use this book as a guide.”

The Gardener
"Shein teaches gardeners both novice and experienced how to apply permaculture to vegetable gardens."

From the Publisher
“Shein does an excellent job of explaining the concept of Permaculture.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781604695403
Publisher:
Timber Press, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/15/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
289,671
File size:
46 MB
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Meet the Author

Christopher Shein has started dozens of community, school, and market gardens. He teaches permaculture at Merritt Community College where he helped develop the award-winning student farm. Shein also owns Wildheart Gardens, a permaculture landscape business that designs and builds sustainable gardens.

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The Vegetable Gardener's Guide to Permaculture: Creating an Edible Ecosystem 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and informative, a definite asset in any gardnener's collection. I would highly recommend this to anyone interested in sustainable permaculture.