kittylittle, December 23, 2010 (view all comments by kittylittle)
Very preachy and insufferable. Her most common noun is "I". Little useful information that is not already known by anyone even tangentially involved in permaculture, organic gardening or living a non-consumer lifestyle. It's rare that I don't finish a book but couldn't plow through this one. Read Toby Hemenway or Bill Mollison instead.
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micheal sunanda, November 8, 2006 (view all comments by micheal sunanda)
FOOD NOT LAWNS
This is the most inspiring book on naturalizing our home & neighborhood relationships I?ve ever read, after 30 years of study & practice. I?ve visited 100s of gardens in a dozen nations & grown them in Oregon, Puget sound, Hawaii & Australia during my Permaculture design course training with Robyn Francis in Nimbin NSW.
If you want to green up your yard & grow fresh organic food at home, this is it. Heather?s writing is lucid, clear & personal ?how to? do it at every stage beginning to ever growing greener. I?ve known her since late ?90s when she & friends began to urbanize Permaculture, ie organic homesteading with many cooperative projects, gardening in a park, seed swaps, workshops, etc. So FNL was born of instingating local groups for green homes. Now there?s few 1000 gardens growing food, herbs & flowers around town & 100s of fruit trees dropping food in season.
About the gardening techniques of FNL, simply beautiful illustrations of natural elements of gardening: composting, planting, mulching, water cycles, microcosmos of soil fertility in urban ecology. It?s great for beginners to advanced. Her chapters on ?Free your lawn, Gaining ground, The Water cycle, Living soil, plants & polyculture, Seed stewardship, Ecological design, Beyond the garden, Into the community, Reaching out, Working together & The next generation? are simple, innovative & immense potentials of growing more healthy.
It contains vast resources on many all levels organic & cooperative. She write more personal, friendly & sensitive than pioneering books by Bill Mollison & David Homlgren on Permaculture. I?m amazed at how she?s gathered & explains 100s of ways to transform our homes & community into abundant green-belts around our yard. It guides us into sources of fertility, beauty, pleasure, green work & cooperating with Nature & our neighbors raising awareness about 100s of codependent cycles supporting our natural living anywhere on earth. naturallyours micheal sunanda Oness press
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