Location: Western Washington (Zone 7B - temperate maritime)
posted 7 years ago
My vote for a great beginner's book is Gaia's Garden. It's got a pretty good glossary of terms in the back as well, as well as a nice list of great permaculture plants, and the benefits each one gives. I use that list to help me find evergreen plants to use close to the house. My wife is cool with permaculture landscaping, but wants the plants to stay attractive all year long like a rhododendron or hydrangea would.
Western Washington (Zone 7B - temperate maritime)
posted 7 years ago
PermForLife wrote: My vote for a great beginner's book is Gaia's Garden.
I second that because I am a beginner and about half way through it.
This site is like a book. I spent a few weeks reading through each thread and learned a lot. Yea, I was totally confused with everyone using words like hugelkulture, swales, coppicing, beneficials, guilds, rocket mass stove, etc. etc.. Good luck!
Tom NJ wrote: I second that because I am a beginner and about half way through it.
I third it.
"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
I have Gaia's Garden and it is still my favorite book, I have read Introduction to Permaculture several times and find it quite helpful (bill mollison), and I have just finished reading Edible Forest Gardens volume 1 and 2, wordy but helpful. And Perennial Vegetables by Eric Toensmier and it was a good read. And Plants for a Future by Ken Fern, also a good read but was written in England and doesn't really move to Michigan really easily..
Have 5 more books on order from the library right now: Permaculture Design Manual, cornucopia, Permaculture in a Nutshell and 2 others..will report on them on my blog when I have read them in a couple of weeks..
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