Gaia's Garden

Gaia's Garden

A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture

Book - 2009
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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 other useful plants--can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it's 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 Growing an edible "forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods

This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. 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. Best of all, once it's established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that's needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.

Publisher: White River Junction, Vermont :, Chelsea Green Publishing,, [2009].
Copyright Date: ©2009
ISBN: 9781603580298
Characteristics: xi, 313 pages :,illustrations (chiefly coloured), coloured plans ;,26 cm.


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Dec 27, 2016

Much more practical than many other permaculture books out there for those of us that have small urban yards. Good read with helpful ideas.

Jun 25, 2016

This book has lots of great content, but the writing style had too much rambling for me.

Apr 04, 2016

very clearly written with lots of examples to help you understand the concepts.

Feb 13, 2016

Great book

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