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Book review: Gaia’s Garden by Toby Hemenway

Aug 27, 2010 -

Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale PermacultureI love this book! The full title is “Gaia’s Garden: a Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture”.  For anyone interested in the basics of permaculture gardening, it’s a great primer-informative and inspiring!  The author writes, “Ecological gardens meld the best features of wildlife gardens, edible landscapes, and conventional flower and vegetable gardens, but they go beyond simply adding these styles together…An ecological garden feels like a living being, with a character and essence that is unique to each.” (p 3) I love the pictures and helpful diagrams, as well as the tables of useful plants (even one on which weeds are edible!).  After reading this book, I challenge anyone to NOT allow their imagination to run wild with visions of lush, edible, wildlife-filled landscapes!

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