From Amazon :
In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier and Bates explain the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed
A very enjoyable read about Eric and Jonathans journey from being roomates in a small urban home with no garden, to having an amazing food forest on a small lot.
A story of two garden bachelors who find their true loves through permaculture.
I would give this book 8 out of 10 acorns as well.
It is a excellent read- however it's a bit light on the plants used and the finer details of the project. Which isn't a bad thing- there's plenty to read in here and if you wrote down every mention of plants used you'd get a good list. I'm a bit over halfway through the book and they stated that they have 200 different plants and I haven't seen a single list yet. It's a story, not a how-to guide, however, it could easily be a how-to guide. It's inspiring, thought provoking, and most importantly, shows that you don't need a huge farm to have more food than you care to harvest from a small lot. It has given me hope that I could have the farm I wanted on my lot if I wanted to do more work. Expensive, yes, but then again selling seeds can pay for the plants as well.
Finished the book today. There is a nice appendix in the back of the book with a lot of information. So I can't say that there isn't a list in the book. Just not enough (imho) meat and potatoes on exactly how the plants worked together and why certain plants were selected to do certain jobs. But this isn't a book to do that. Lots of other references out there. Cornopuia is one.
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