Episode-129- Gaia’s Garden Book Review

Tony Teolis/ October 8, 2012/ Gardens/ 0 comments

Gaia’s Garden is a guide to home scale permaculture by Toby Hemenway. To the ancient Greeks Gaia was Mother Nature. All of the other gods descended from her and her union with Uranus the god of the sky. So it’s only fitting that as we refer to nature we still do so in a way that shows respect for something greater than humans.

What I learned from Gaias Garden

  • A better understanding of how permaculture locates forces such as sun, wind and water each in its own sector
  • How to incorporate the 5 zones system for implementing permaculture onto my small property
  • Methods of contouring to catch water rather than continue to endure the slow erosion of my side and backyard

What’s really good about this book

  • The various food forest ideas that are based on permaculture principle number 7 – Design From Patterns to Details
  • Garden designs along with explanations of the techniques for implementing them into my permaculture plans
  • Now in the back yard I have one mini food forest built and am in the process of building the second. They will contain elderberry, blueberry, asparagus, blackberry, raspberry and a wide variety of flowers and vegetables. If it goes well all of these plants along with the other animal life forms on my property including the honey bees will have a long lasting and beautiful place to reside.

Gaias Garden is a must read for

  • People who used to garden but gave up because of pests, too much work and lack of success
  • People who want to build large or small scale food forests that don’t require annual plantings and the expense that goes with traditional gardening methods
  • People who want to make dreams come true in their backyards just as Mother Nature intended

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