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Practical Permaculture: for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth Paperback – February 4, 2015
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“If anyone can make permaculture intelligible and appealing to home gardeners, it’s award winning ecological landscape designer Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein. . . . if you’re interested in achieving closed-loop sustainability while keeping garden aesthetics in mind, Practical Permaculture can serve as a detailed roadmap.” —Garden Design
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In clear, logical steps, Practical Permaculture offers the tools you need to live a life rich in healthy food, safe housing, and renewable resources. This hardworking book covers the basic principles of permaculture, showing the entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan, with detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden. Filled with real-life examples from all over the world, this invaluable resource will help you turn your property into a sustainable ecosystem.
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- My only concern is that this book is currently unavailable through Kindle services, which would limit our impact on ecosystems via logging, etc. requirements.
- I personally recommend the following books, a few of which are listed in this book. I've added the Amazon links to each book,
- For Your Convenience!
* Seed to Seed (2nd Edition) by Suzanne Ashworth (Very useful for reducing, and ultimately eliminating, dependency on seed companies)
* Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables (Because proper storage increases sustainability and resiliency)
* Ball Blue Book of Preserving (Because proper storage increases sustainability and resiliency)
* Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World (Very useful for the multiple applications of mushrooms for our benefit and the environment as-well)
*Additional Great Read*
* Permaculture: A Designers' Manual (Known as the "father of Permaculture", Bill Mollison has this great read)
Best of luck to all of you, in your sustainable and resilient-based endeavors!
There are a few things I take issue with in the book. The section on building houses includes wattle and daub and straw bale houses. I understand that these building materials are sustainable using local resources, but I have to question whether sustainability is being given more consideration than durability. People stopped using these building materials long ago and for good reasons. The authors also advocate guerrilla gardening, making changes to someone else's property without their permission. Improving a piece of wasted land is noble when it's yours, but some of the changes in this book are criminal, like cutting off a branch of someone else's tree and grafting on one that yields fruit or planting your vegetables seeds in their flowerbeds and expecting to harvest the produce. If you wouldn't want someone else messing with your land, don't expect them to like you doing it to theirs. Lastly, near the end of the book the authors basically say the readers should decide whether to follow laws they consider burdensome or just ignore them. This is dangerous territory. Nobody likes it when the rich and powerful ignore laws they don't like, so why is it good when laws are ignored by those of us with more limited means?
I know that sounds like a lot to complain about, but the book is so long and many portions so useful that I feel these issues warrant only a drop of one star.