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Anyone have a List of MUST READ Permaculture books? What books or videos do you repeatedly turn to when you are applying Permaculture? Right now, I am reading sepp holzer's Permaculture. I highly recommend it. One idea that bears some merit is a recipe that keeps deer from eating fruit trees on p.114.
 
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Have you seen The permies.com Book Review Grid?

So far, of the Permaculture books I've read, I've gotten the most practical ideas from Sepp Holzer's book... which, if I had read to the end of your post, is the same one you're enjoying. I haven't read to the end of the book yet as the library keeps wanting it back. I really need to get my own copy one of these days.
 
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The permaculture books that I refer to most are Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenwayand The Farmer's Handbook.

I like gaia's garden for the overall design ideas and overarching themes. The Farmer's Handbook is awesome for permaculture tricks, like making leaf pots and air nurseries and really understandable instructions for grafting, propagating plants, managing a compost pile, and making liquid manure. Since the Farmer's Handbook was written for farmers in the Himalayans, not everything applies to my climate, but everything is aimed for doing without spending much or any money. I love that, as I don't have much money!

Aside from those specifically permaculture books, I refer to Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre Paperback by Brett L. Markham a lot for knoweldge about amendments and mineral deficiencies, as well as growing tips (he's not particuarly Permaculture, but focuses more on Square Foot Gardening techniques). I also refer to webpage for growing tips and planting schedules specific to my region.
 
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In addition to sepp holzer's book I highly recommend The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk.
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:The permaculture books that I refer to most are Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenwayand The Farmer's Handbook.

I like Gaia's Garden for the overall design ideas and overarching themes. The Farmer's Handbook is awesome for permaculture tricks, like making leaf pots and air nurseries and really understandable instructions for grafting, propagating plants, managing a compost pile, and making liquid manure. Since the Farmer's Handbook was written for farmers in the Himalayans, not everything applies to my climate, but everything is aimed for doing without spending much or any money. I love that, as I don't have much money!

Aside from those specifically permaculture books, I refer to Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre Paperback by Brett L. Markham a lot for knoweldge about amendments and mineral deficiencies, as well as growing tips (he's not particuarly Permaculture, but focuses more on Square Foot Gardening techniques). I also refer to webpage for growing tips and planting schedules specific to my region.



The Farmers' Handbook is available free from the author here:Farmers' Handbook
 
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Here are some of my favorites.

Books:

Permaculture the Designers Manual by Bill Mollison

Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond Volume 2 by Brad Lancaster

How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons

Videos:

http://geofflawton.com/free-videos/

Zaytuna Farm Tour https://vimeo.com/158306671

Rainwater Harvesting Basics with Brad Lancaster https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iQ-FBAmvBw

https://www.youtube.com/user/growingyourgreens Amazing Urban Permaculture Garden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXEcjWE_Xjs


DVD:

Establishing a Food Forest the Permaculture Way with geoff lawton

 
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Jan Cooper wrote: One idea that bears some merit is a recipe that keeps deer from eating fruit trees on p.114.



There is a thread on his bone sauce here on permies: here
Check it out there should be even a video and Paul in the opening post explains practically.

Sorry off-topic
 
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Todd Parr wrote:
The Farmers' Handbook is available free from the author here:Farmers' Handbook

Thank you for mentioning that! It's mentioned in the Permies article I wrote on it the Farmer's Handbook linked to, but it's really good to state it out in the open. I love how all those practical, helpful, affordable permaculture techniques are FREE!
 
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My must read books are both written by Patrick Whitefield:

Earth care Manual

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How to read the landscape

they have been incredible for me, the first one is of course for a temperate climate, and the second is based on the british landscape, but the knowledge it shares in understanding the landscape has proven incredible value even for me in Italy
 
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One of my favorites is The Resilient Farm and Homestead by Ben Falk

Ben's very practical and his book covers all the bases of the homestead. There is just a ton of information from earthworks to medicinals and everything in between. His climate in Vermont is similar to where I live in the PNW. Very good book well worth the money!
 
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A favorite book: Edible and Useful Plants of Texas and the Southwest by Delena Tull.
 
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