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Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture (2nd Edition)

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Gaia's Garden has been an indispensable reference for gardeners who want to turn their yards into ecosystems that work with nature to create gardens that are beautiful, beneficial (to insects, birds, and people), and self-sustaining. This second edition includes more information on urban permaculture, for those of us who have much smaller growing spaces to work with. Well-written, practical, and packed with useful information, Gaia's Garden is an essential resource for any gardener.
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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.

Review:

"Gaia's Garden is simply the best permaculture book ever written, and is in the running for best gardening book ever written. No one should be without it." Sharon Astyk, author of Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front

Review:

"Toby's fun, well-grounded, and engaging book is fast becoming a classic, and deservedly so. Practical yet visionary, broad-ranging yet focused on the basics one needs to know, this is a great place to start on the permaculture path. The new edition builds solidly on the success of the first. Congratulations!" Dave Jacke, co-author of the two-volume Edible Forest Gardens

Review:

"The world didn't come with an operating manual, so it's a good thing that some wise people have from time to time written them. Gaia's Garden is one of the more important, a book that will be absolutely necessary in the world ahead." Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy and Hope, Human and Wild

Review:

"Permaculture gardens are no longer a thing of the future. They are here to stay and flourish. Gaia's Garden is enlightening and required reading for all people who desire to make their home's landscape healthy, sustainable, and healing." Robert Kourik, author of Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape – Naturally

Review:

"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 — using the natural intelligence of Earth's symbiotic communities to strengthen and sustain ecosystems in which humans are a partner, not a competitor. 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

Review:

"There is so much wisdom in Gaia's Garden that I would need a dozen columns to do it justice...a bold, wonderful, nature-embracing and completely sensible vision of the future." Justin Siskin, Los Angeles Daily News

Review:

"Takes the native plants and organic gardening movement to the next level." Joel M. Lerner, The Washington Post

Review:

"Practical science for making your yard produce food and beauty." Rose O'Donnell, The Seattle Times

Review:

"A gardener's blueprint for ecological abundance from the ground up." Steve Spreckel, Acres USA

Review:

"Become a sustainable producer of resources instead of a wasteful consumer. This wonderful book shows you how by helping you create and enhance beautiful backyard ecosystems within the garden. Put this book into action, and you'll begin to live an example that positively shifts your own community and beyond. Best of all, doing so with this book is simple, juicy, and fun." Brad Lancaster, author of Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond and HarvestingRainwater.com

Review:

"This is a book you will use and re-use, and enjoy having around for a long time." Peter Bane, The Permaculture Activist

About the Author

Toby Hemenway is the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, and an adjunct assistant professor at Portland State University. He wrote the foreword for Heather C. Flores' Food Not Lawns. He teaches permaculture and consults and lectures on ecological design throughout the country. His writing has appeared in magazines such as Whole Earth Review, Natural Home, and Kitchen Gardener. His current project is developing urban sustainability resources in Portland, Oregon, where he now lives.

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Sarah Steinberg, May 13, 2012 (view all comments by Sarah Steinberg)
Gaia's Garden is a fantastic guide to making gardening 'easier'- in other words, how to make your garden produce the most food for the least amount of effort. It guides you to set up natural systems that provide everything plants need on site. The amount of information in the book is astounding, and best of all, the author lives in Portland, so all of the plant lists and growing suggestions are appropriate for our growing seasons. Not that it wouldn't be helpful in other climates, but it's perfect for Portland! I am hoping that my first year efforts at permaculture lead to a great front yard farm.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781603580298
Author:
Hemenway, Toby
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Subject:
Organic
Subject:
Techniques
Subject:
Organic gardening
Subject:
Natural landscaping
Subject:
Gardening-Organic Gardening
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
328
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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Product details 328 pages Chelsea Green Publishing Company - English 9781603580298 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

Gaia's Garden has been an indispensable reference for gardeners who want to turn their yards into ecosystems that work with nature to create gardens that are beautiful, beneficial (to insects, birds, and people), and self-sustaining. This second edition includes more information on urban permaculture, for those of us who have much smaller growing spaces to work with. Well-written, practical, and packed with useful information, Gaia's Garden is an essential resource for any gardener.

"Review" by , "Gaia's Garden is simply the best permaculture book ever written, and is in the running for best gardening book ever written. No one should be without it."
"Review" by , "Toby's fun, well-grounded, and engaging book is fast becoming a classic, and deservedly so. Practical yet visionary, broad-ranging yet focused on the basics one needs to know, this is a great place to start on the permaculture path. The new edition builds solidly on the success of the first. Congratulations!"
"Review" by , "The world didn't come with an operating manual, so it's a good thing that some wise people have from time to time written them. Gaia's Garden is one of the more important, a book that will be absolutely necessary in the world ahead."
"Review" by , "Permaculture gardens are no longer a thing of the future. They are here to stay and flourish. Gaia's Garden is enlightening and required reading for all people who desire to make their home's landscape healthy, sustainable, and healing."
"Review" by , "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 — using the natural intelligence of Earth's symbiotic communities to strengthen and sustain ecosystems in which humans are a partner, not a competitor. An amazing achievement showing how we can and must live in harmony with nature!"
"Review" by , "There is so much wisdom in Gaia's Garden that I would need a dozen columns to do it justice...a bold, wonderful, nature-embracing and completely sensible vision of the future."
"Review" by , "Takes the native plants and organic gardening movement to the next level."
"Review" by , "Practical science for making your yard produce food and beauty."
"Review" by , "A gardener's blueprint for ecological abundance from the ground up."
"Review" by , "Become a sustainable producer of resources instead of a wasteful consumer. This wonderful book shows you how by helping you create and enhance beautiful backyard ecosystems within the garden. Put this book into action, and you'll begin to live an example that positively shifts your own community and beyond. Best of all, doing so with this book is simple, juicy, and fun."
"Review" by , "This is a book you will use and re-use, and enjoy having around for a long time."
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