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Simply the best book that you can buy about every aspect of permaculture gardening in a cool climate - discover how to plan and lay out your garden. This is also available as an eBook

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Simply the best book that you can buy about every aspect of permaculture gardening in a cool climate. Discover how to plan and lay out your garden; save yourself precious time and effort digging and weeding; give recycled materials a new life, plant for a healthy, year round crop succession; save energy and harvest water; build up your soil; and make beautiful structures and play areas for all the family.

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Author Graham Bell, Sarah Bunker (Illustrator)
Short title The Permaculture Garden
Long title The Permaculture Garden
Publisher Permanent Publications
Page count 170
Language No
ISBN-10 1856230279
ISBN-13 9781856230278
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Excellent intro to permaculture gardening Review by Carl Legge
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I wish this book had been published when I first started out gardening. It's a clear, concise and highly accessible introduction to permaculture as it applies to the garden.

Bell is full of ideas how to think about, plan and execute sustainable garden ideas. The book includes lots of really useful tables of plant types for different purposes and environments. The book's illustrations are relevant and beautifully drawn.

It's not for you if you want a detailed 'How to' guide to gardening or a weighty permaculture text. As an introduction that will get you on to and beyond first base it's ideal. Bell has included his own recommendations for further reading at the back of the book which will take you to the next level. (Posted on 05/05/2011)
More than gardening... Review by Graham Burnett
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I first came across the word 'Permaculture' in an article in 'Peace News' way back in 1981. The word intrigued me, and I filed it away in some back cupboard of my brain for the next few years. In the meantime I'd acquired an allotment and become a reasonably competent vegetable grower, able to supply my family with plentiful supplies of potatoes, onions, cabbages and beans. I'd also learned much from the books of organic pioneers such as HDRA founder Lawrence D Hills and the late, great Geoff Hamilton. I'd even borrowed David Holmgren and Bill Mollison's 'Permaculture One' from the library a couple of times, but found it rather dense and difficult to get my head around. I did however grasp that permaculture had something to do with herb spirals, and decided I'd like one of these in the garden of the house we bought in 1994, after 7 years of being cooped up in a tiny first floor flat. So as I liked the pictures in Graham's book I picked it up in the hope of gaining a few tips. It had nothing about herb spirals, but instead was one of the most eye-opening books I've ever read, changing my whole attitude to gardening, growing and ultimately, life. Giving insights into topics such as soil ecology, water management, composting and energy conservation, Graham gently explains that permaculture is a design system, based around ethics of caring for the earth and each other, and principles of using minimum effort for maximum results, seeing solutions instead of problems and above all, working with nature rather than against, as has been the pattern of most agricultural systems for the last few hundred years. More over, these ethics and principles can be applied to almost any other field of human activity beyond simply growing food; architecture and building to economic systems, forestry management to healthcare, energy production to community building. Somebody once described permaculture as 'revolution disguised as organic gardening', but I think its more important than that. Climate change and peak oil are the earth's way of telling us that we need to alter our behaviours. With permaculture we can not only make those changes but learn to thrive as well. (Posted on 15/03/2011)
An ideal companion for a permaculture garden or gardener Review by Emma Cooper
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Although I have been using permaculture ideas and principles in my garden for several years, there is still work to be done on reducing the inputs and maximising outputs and so it's great to have a book like The Permaculture Garden on the shelf. If you're new to permaculture then it covers all the basics that you'll need to put your garden on a permaculture footing and to move towards making your garden a productive and sustainable space. For keen gardeners and permaculturalists alike, the book is detailed and inspiring enough to act as a reference book you'll turn to time and again.

The book has chapters on planning, and looking at which resources you already have, helpful techniques and forest gardens. There's also a section on community gardening and a well-filled booklist to inspire further reading. The style is chatty and helpful and promotes a 'can do' attitude, with several projects that can be completed in a day. The weightier information - such as lists of suitable plants for various uses and situations - is confined to easy-to-read tables, and scattered throughout, so you are never overburdened by information, but always have it to hand. (Posted on 21/07/2010)
This book is crammed with useful ideas Review by Rob Hopkins
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The Permaculture Garden is an excellent book about actually putting it all into practice in your back garden. It contains excellent species lists for useful plants for a wide range of situations. The first chapter is a kind of philosophical treatise on why to garden, and is littered with beautiful quotes from literature about the joy of gardening. This book is crammed with useful ideas. (Posted on 01/07/2010)
A thought-provoking, informative, often entertaining book Review by Kitchen Garden Magazine
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A thought-provoking, informative, often entertaining book, filled with achievable ideas. I’ve used some of the techniques described with great success. This encourages you to see your garden as a whole and to mould its design around its unique features, and your own needs. Find out how to reduce your workload, save time and effort digging and weeding, site a greenhouse, harvest and use water well, build your soil, use space wisely, and grow food without using chemicals. (Posted on 01/07/2010)

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