Gaia's Garden, Second Edition, by Toby Hemenway
$ 29.95

Gaia's Garden was the first major book written on permaculture in North America, introducing permaculture's central message: working with nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. As Hemenway demonstrates, it's fun and easy to create a ‘backyard ecosystem' by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: * Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure * Catching and conserving water in the landscape * Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals * Growing an edible ‘forest' that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foodsThis revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it's established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that's needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.‘Toby Hemenway's Gaia's Garden will be recorded in history as a milestone for gardeners and landscapers--a fusion of the practical and the visionary--using the natural intelligence of Earth's symbiotic communities to strengthen and sustain ecosystems in which humans are a partner, not a competitor. An amazing achievement showing how we can and must live in harmony with nature!' -Paul Stamets, author of Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World