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Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

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The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of 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.

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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.

“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

328 pages, 200mm x 255mm x 17mm (8 x 10 inch), color photos and illustrations throughout. ISBN 9781603580298


Toby Hemenway

Toby Hemenway was the author of the first major North American book on permaculture, Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, as well as The Permaculture City. After obtaining a degree 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. 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 creates sustainable landscapes, homes, and workplaces. A career change followed, and Toby and his wife spent ten years creating a rural permaculture site in southern Oregon. He was associate editor of Permaculture Activist, a journal of ecological design and sustainable culture, from 1999 to 2004. He taught permaculture and consulted and lectured on ecological design throughout the country, and his writing appeared in magazines such as Whole Earth ReviewNatural Home, and Kitchen Gardener. Toby passed away in 2016.

Visit his web site at www.patternliteracy.com


Gaia’s Garden: Table of Contents

Part One: THE GARDEN AS ECOSYSTEM

Chapter 1. INTRODUCING THE ECOLOGICAL GARDEN

Gardens that Really Work with Nature
Why Is Gardening So Much Work?
Beyond–Way Beyond–Natural Gardening
The Natives versus Exotics Debate
Making the Desert Bloom, Sustainably
How to Use This Book
Sidebar: What Is Permaculture?

Chapter 2. A GARDENER’S ECOLOGY

Three Ecological Principles
A Mature Garden
A Few of Nature’s Tricks for Gardeners
Sidebar: Do Plant Communities Really Exist?

Chapter 3. DESIGNING THE ECOLOGICAL GARDEN

The Ecological Design Process
Natural Patterns in the Garden
Sidebars: Some Pear Tree Connections,
Designing the Ecological Garden, Building and Planting a Keyhole Bed

Part Two: THE PIECES OF THE ECOLOGICAL GARDEN

Chapter 4. BRINGING THE SOIL TO LIFE

Soil Life: The First Recyclers
Building Soil Life
Sharing the Wealth of the Soil
Sidebars: Woody Ways to Build Soil, The Ultimate, Bomb-proof Sheet Mulch, Starting Plants in Sheet Mulch

Chapter 5. CATCHING, CONSERVING, AND USING WATER

The Fivefold Path to Water Wisdom
Conserving Water with Catchment
Water Brings the Garden to Life
Sidebars: How to Make a Swale, Planning a Water-Harvesting System, Tips for Using Graywater, Creating a Backyard Wetland

Chapter 6. PLANTS FOR MANY USES

The Many Roles of a Tree
Multipurpose Plants
The Roles of Plants in the Ecological Theater
Annuals and Perennials
Microclimates for the Garden
Nurses, Scaffolds, and Chaperones
Summary: Mixing the Many Functions of Plants
Sidebar: Weeds and Other Wild Food

Chapter 7. BRINGING IN THE BEES, BIRDS, AND OTHER HELPFUL ANIMALS

More Good Buys than Bad
Attracting Beneficial Insects
The Gardener’s Feathered Friend
Other Backyard Helpers
Sidebar: A Gallery of Beneficial Insects

Part Three: ASSEMBLING THE ECOLOGICAL GARDEN

Chapter 8. CREATING COMMUNITIES FOR THE GARDEN

Interplanting and Beyond
Guilding the Garden
Sidebars: lanto Evans’s Polyculture, Jajarkot’s Advanced Polyculture, Growing the Three Sisters Guild

Chapter 9. DESIGNING GARDEN GUILDS

An Intimate Way of Guild-Building
Guilds for Bookworms
Creating a Super-Guild
Guilds Aren’t Perfect
Sidebar: Using Natural Plant Communities to Guide Guild Design

Chapter 10. GROWING A FOOD FOREST

Experimenting with Forest Gardens
The Seven-Story Garden
How the Food Forest Evolves
Sidebar: A Brief History of Forest Gardens

Chapter 11. PERMACULTURE GARDENING FOR THE CITY

Chapter 12. POP GOES THE GARDEN Choosing the Right Pieces

The Garden Gets Popping
Assembling the Garden Revisited
Sidebar: Ecological Compromises, or You Can’t Make an Omelet . . .

Appendix: A Sampling of Useful Plants Glossary
Bibliography
Resources
Index

Additional information

Weight .79 kg
Dimensions 255 x 200 x 17 mm

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