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Shahin Muttalib
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hi,

My big brother moved to Denver a few years ago, and he's gone all gung-ho on gardening

Is there a good book on permaculture/gardening in general I could buy as a gift for him ? He's not a permaculturist at all really, but I hope to secretly convert him

He works in tech, but he does like reading ..... maybe something that has a good narrative ? I saw there is one for southern colorado, over 6500 feet (Lisa Reyner).  Doesn't seem to exactly fit the Denver situation.  And I see now there is also one by Jodi Torpey. 

thanks, hope to meet you all next time I visit from Quebec !
 
Casie Becker
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I found "The Resilient Gardener" by Carol Depp particularly helpful. Despite the fact that she gardens in a completely different environment than mine, she so clearly explained how she reasoned out her gardening decisions that it was easy to adapt to my climate.

A much better resource than my opinion is the book review grid https://permies.com/wiki/31762/Book-Review-Grid ; Each title has been rated by forum users here,  and clicking on the book title itself will lead you to the thread where people gave more detailed reviews.
 
Shahin Muttalib
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Thanks Casie.  What do you think about Jodi Torpey though ? She doesn't seem like a permie, but neither is my brother.  This might be a philosophical question, but don't you think a more mainstream book would be more useful to someone who isn't doing permaculture ? Not sure he has time for a lot of reflection about gardening, he probably would rather just do it.  So I'll probably just start with that.  Thanks for the list though, maybe I'll buy myself one of those books ! At this time I'm actually quite interested in winter gardening, since I live in Montreal.  If you know of a fun book for zone 5b, let me know
 
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I think Eliot Coleman's The New Organic Gardener is a great book for gardeners. He isn't a permaculturist, but he is organic, and very practical.
 
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