ISBN-10:
1603580298
ISBN-13:
9781603580298
Pub. Date:
05/19/2009
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing
Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture / Edition 2

Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture / Edition 2

by Toby Hemenway

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ISBN-13: 9781603580298
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 05/19/2009
Pages: 328
Sales rank: 193,982
Product dimensions: 7.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Toby Hemenway was the author of the first major North American book on permaculture,Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, as well asThe Permaculture City. After obtaining a degree in biology from Tufts University, Toby worked for many years as a researcher in genetics and immunology, first in academic laboratories at Harvard and the University of Washington in Seattle, and then at Immunex, a major medical biotech company. At about the time he was growing dissatisfied with the direction biotechnology was taking, he discovered permaculture, a design approach based on ecological principles that creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was associate editor ofPermaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He taught permaculture and consulted and lectured on ecological design throughout the country, and his writing appeared in magazines such asWhole Earth Review,Natural Home, andKitchen Gardener. Toby passed away in 2016.

Visit his web site atwww.patternliteracy.com

Table of Contents

1. Introducing the ecological garden

2. A gardener's ecology

3. Designing the ecological garden

4. Bringing the soil to life

5. Catching, conserving, and using water

6. Plants for many uses

7. Bringing in the bees, birds, and other helpful animals

8. Creating communities for the garden

9. Designing garden guilds

10. Growing a food forest

11. Permaculture gardening in the city

12. Pop goes the garden


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Gaia's Garden, Second Edition: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Pflugervillian More than 1 year ago
This book is a great introduction to permaculture (permanent agriculture). It talks about growing food by observing and imitating nature and modeling our food production after the way nature grows in forests and other ecosystems. You never see neat little rows of one type of plant in nature, what you'll find in a forest or a meadow is a polyculture of different plants and animals that support each other. In a natural ecosystem, some plants attract pollinators, others attract other beneficial insects, some plants provide shelter for these beneficial insects, other plants add nutrients to the soil, other plants add nitrogen, other plants provide a ground cover that acts as a natural mulch, and so on. Every plan has a role to play. What does that have to do with a vegetable garden? This book talks about how to apply the lessons we learn from nature to our own food production whether it's on a large farm or in your backyard garden. It talks about attracting beneficial insects and other wildlife (birds), it talks about the benefits of some weeds, it talks about which plants benefit each other and how to solve various gardening issues in a permanent way so that you don't have to be importing mulch, compost, fertilizer and other things into your garden every year. Once a permaculture garden is established it practically maintains itself and it's a beauty to behold!
APermie More than 1 year ago
Permaculture got started in Australia and then did very well in the UK, so for a long time, all of the permaculture books came from those countries. Gaia's Garden was the first major North American permaculture book. It described a technique that would work particularly well for us; tree guilds, and described how to develop your own, working in a N. American climate. Now, there are other really good N. American permaculture books, Jacke's Forest Gardening & Bane's Permaculture Handbook leap to mind, but for someone looking for an introduction to permaculture in North America, Gaia's Garden is still the best.
Votingwithmydollar More than 1 year ago
Having gardened organically for many years, we are ready to get to the next level. This book is full of good ideas, good illustrations, and easy to follow steps to take. If you're serious about feeding yourself, your family, and a even few neighbors while also making a positive impact on your own environment, this book will be the guide you need.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just what I was looking for!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book provides very good insight of permaculture and recommendations/examples on different scenarios (Suburban, Urban, and city) ). The book is well organized. It describes concept of ecosystem, interaction among creatures and plants in the ecosystem, then the design of the ecological garden. It even covers the implementation of permaculture garden in the city. Definitely it is good book to be in my library.
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