(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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Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-scale Permaculture

This is definitely part of what is missing in our designers, landscapers and architects education. I found the discussion on the first page about invasives very interesting. Lots of practical information about designing gardens and landscapes, and good case studies, too. The book is very in depth and gives wonderful examples with specific plants not just general concepts – the only thing I would have liked to see more of was pictures of actual permaculture gardens.

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

Preview — Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway. I would have liked a little more information on integrating an annual vegetable garden into the “food forest” But I hate Facebook and have deactivated my account for now so I will have to pass on that part. Keep this tiny ad: 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.


I’m a very visual person and like to have something to imitate when designing my own project, so I’m still gadden for design examples to incorporate once again with specific plants.

Gaia’s Garden : Toby Hemenway :

Practical ways to implement permaculture–which is the most efficient way to garden. I almost passed by this one because I found the title off-putting.

His urban ideas are incredible, too. It turned out we had to overhaul our plans once the people came out and marked the utility lines. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. I have been working on my garden for the past six years getting rid of torpedo grass.

I want to be his best friend. Review “Become a sustainable producer of resources instead of a wasteful consumer.

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. Creating Communities for the Garden. 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 hemrnway sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces.

I’m trying to put together a card on Toby Hemenway I’m a big fan too and I need some info to put on here around a graden of his face. I’m already starting a slow, skimming re-read to guide my garden design for next year.

He didn’t invent anything in his book, but he is a huge contributor to what we do. I went into this book fully expecting the complete hippie experience with “medicinal” herb recommendations otby whatnot. I was afraid that I would have to do a translation from East Coast permaculture to my place in the tobj Southwest, but how exciting it was to see 2 amazing success stories from Santa Fe and Los Alamos!


Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Paul and Jocelyn review Gaia’s Garden, chapter 8 part 2 in this podcast: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens.

But these techniques are also synergistic; the more that you put in practice, the more they work together to create a richly connected and complete landscape that is graden than a group of independent parts. Please try again later. It is really well written and readable, but also can be used as a reference source. Today I picked up a cheap bird feeder and post from a hardware store and put up a hemenaay bird feeder over a dry, weedy patch in the back.

Get it, read it, and try it out. Good intro to permaculture.

After obtaining a gai 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. Great overview of permaculture and gardening with “guilds” gardden “useful” plants.

Maybe I’m geeking out on permaculture, but I can’t put it down. An amazing achievement showing how we can and must live in harmony with nature!

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