(An excerpt from the book). Gaia’s Garden is divided into three parts. Part 1 develops the idea, introduced in chapter 1, of the garden as an ecosystem. Chapter 2. The Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka Animal, Vegetable . Extensively revised and expanded second edition of Gaia’s Garden broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban.

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I knew literally nothing about Permaculture gardening when I bought this book – my mother mentioned it to me and said to check it out, so I came to Amazon where the description intrigued me Just know that if you get this book you’re going to be inspired to make some drastic changes in your landscape – as evidenced by my “Bomb Proof Sheet Mulched” lawn – the recipe in the book for this was extremely helpful!

I have been using it all along as well – to learn how to sheet mulch, to make plant lists for different purposes – insectary, nitrogen fixing, nurse plants, and more, and to make designs for the herb spiral I built in my front yard, and to redo my front garden very slowly. His urban ideas are incredible, too. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

This is an outstanding book on home-scale or backyard scale permaculture. In the heart of LA! Ships from and sold by Amazon. View all 3 comments. I will admit that my first initial thought upon opening the book was – oh no, this is too in depth and not being a professional gardener, I’m never going to understand – trust me when I say, pick a chapter that sounds interesting to you and start there – that is what I did, and it migrated to many of the other chapters and just kept going!


I don’t read a lot of gardening books for fun I find them dry but the personal experiences, anecdotes, and concrete examples in this one make it a breeze. I found the explanations of natural processes very enlightening, and the species charts very useful.

A bit on native plants by Toby Hemenway: Part 1 develops the idea, introduced in chapter 1, of the garden as an ecosystem.

Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition – Toby Hemenway – Google Books

Good intro to permaculture. As Hemenway demonstrates, itis fun and easy to create a ibackyard ecosystemi by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible, 2nd Edition: Most recent reviews Most helpful reviews. This book was also used hemenwa a permaculture certification class I went to hosted by Midwest Permaculture.

Next, chapter 3 describes the design process and techniques that are used to create an ecological garden. I’m already starting a slow, skimming re-read to guide my garden design for next year. Hemenway uses ecology, botany, biology, and chemistry to explain how to reason garden design yourself. So the reader gains general tools and also gardenn skill to apply them, with the added gadden that most examples were chosen for their relevance to North American climate and soil, so US-based readers can try them out first before striking out on their own designs.

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Aug 08, Abe Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. It would be a shame to plant an expensive tree and pour water and resources into it only to have it uprooted later on.


See all customer images. The main text of the book explains the ideas behind an ecological garden, and gives examples and descriptions of the ideas in action. Bringing the Soil to Life. My copy is soil-stained from consulting it in situ while trying some things out in a new garden bed. Those looking for permaculture inspiration and general info. Ideas such as ecological succession, food web interrelationships, appropriate resource utilization, efficiency, and interspecies compatibility are explored in great detail.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Hemenway examines how to figure out what plant communities grow in the habitat where you live, and how to substitute related species with human uses for the usual, natural species found in that ecosystem. My library Help Advanced Book Search.

There is so much information here that is so well presented This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Gaia’s Garden is one of the more important, a book that will be absolutely necessary in the world ahead. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life.

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I would have liked a little more information on integrating an annual vegetable garden into the “food forest” What a great book! Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. The author’s premise is that gardens should be an extension of nature, and serve nature, not agia some “beds” genetically created to cover space. They are only tools though, and are not appropriate for every context.

Contents Introducing the Ecological Garden.