The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture

The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture

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Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method of growing food and building homes in a manner that works with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture simplifies this vast field for practical application. This is a hands-on guide, taking the beginner through each step of the design process, so that anyone can apply permaculture principles to their own life. While the principles are simple, the in-depth topics cover every aspect of permaculture, including:
- Building green homes and passive solar design

- Growing edible plant communities and forest gardens

- Using no-till and natural farming methods

- Creating microclimates for extended growing seasons

- Raising livestock with ecological foraging techniques

This is a common-sense approach to sustainable living that creates a self-sufficient and low-effort home for the people that live there, whether in the city or the country. The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture isn't a philosophy book, or a dissertation on theory. It is a step-by-step, complete guide to every aspect of permaculture.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2012.
ISBN: 9781616086442
1616086440
Branch Call Number: 631.58 Faires 05/2012
Characteristics: xiii, 330 p. :,ill. ;,26 cm.

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kpelish
Jun 17, 2017

A better book for people curious about permaculture (a systems approach to a lower energy, more resilient world) is Gaia's Garden, which is the main book that Seattle Tilth uses in its intensive permaculture course. I mention this because while it's clear the author truly believes in her lifestyle, it's too far out for most people (she and her family live in a bus). Also, I question some of the data--she notes lupine, a common PNW flower, can be used as an herb. This is incorrect. Read as a personal, opinionated story with some detailed information about setting up a small farm/homestead.

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Gizmond
Mar 16, 2016

Very poorly researched. I skimmed the entire book due to the large percentage of filler and low percentage of information, though there are neat little ideas, but these ideas are only described in half a line. Obviously doesn't know much of anything about bees. Goes against her own overly romantic ideals multiple times in the first chapter alone, for example suggesting people buy new seeds and bees annually. (hello, plants produce their own seeds and bees are designed to not only thrive, but multiply believe it or not)

There's this one particularly laughable quote, "To live for a year, plant corn, to live for a decade, plant trees, to live forever educate and train people." - Chinese proverb. A Chinese proverb explicitly mentioning corn? Plus its a silly quote to begin with.

Neat little ideas but if you want real information or any actual how-to information you won't find much in this particular book. If you want to fill you head with romantic ideals with zero practical know-how, eventually leading to disenchantment, this book is for you.

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