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Hello Dear Reader,

I was asked by a reader to list the names of the books recommended by Morag Gamble from the "Introduction to Permaculture" course I did last weekend. It was held at Northey Street City Farm and was a lovely experience, it consolidated what I already knew about permaculture. As I mentioned, the most important fact that I took away from this little course was the art of composting, we have all heard of it but up until now I haven't done anything about it. I am hunting through Gumtree to find a good second hand one to start my composting adventure.

Morag Gamble, who ran the course, mentioned these three books as being very relevant, beautifully written with lovely photos and diagrams. 

Earth Users Guide to Permaculture
by Rosemary Morrow

Permaculture is a way to repair and restore the Earth by analysis and design and can be practised by everyone. In this fully revised and expanded edition, Rosemary Morrow brings us up to date with our need to measure, monitor and reduce our ecological footprint. This book is a manual of practical permaculture. Included are extra chapters on seedsaving, permaculture at work, integrated pest management, and more about domestic as well as rural water usage and a non-destructive approach towards weeds and wildlife. Rob Allsop's simple and clear illustrations continue to support Rosemary's writing with their wamth and accessibility.

Smart Permaculture Design by Jenny Allen

This compelling book brings a new perspective to how we might look at our gardens. It focuses on the life of just one garden, dreamt up and designed by author Jenny Allen. In her quest to make a garden of pure pleasure, she followed the practices of permaculture, an organic method of gardening based on using nature's solutions to achieve abundance. This practice releases the gardener from much of the drudgery of repetitive tasks, leaving more time for relaxing and basking in the garden's fruitfulness and beauty. Using observation, planning and design as the cornerstones, she takes the reader into her garden and, with her light and quirky style and wit, she gently leads us into the principles of permaculture. Her hand-drawn plans and designs guide us and the sumptuous photographs bear witness to the unfolding dream. The smart lateral thinking that underscores permaculture can be used by anyone and for any garden. 'Smart permaculture design' show a garden can be so much more than just a collection of plants. It can feed, entertain, delight, amuse, soothe, and fascinate you. This practical and immensely thoughtful reference is also an inspirational armchair read; it will uplift you and carry you away." 

Practical Permaculture
by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein

The idea behind permaculture is simple: take care of the earth, and the earth will take care of you. In clear, logical steps, Practical Permaculture offers the tools you need to live a life rich in healthy food, safe housing, and renewable resources. This hardworking book covers the basic principles of permaculture, showing the entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan, with detailed information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden. Filled with real-life examples from all over the world, this invaluable resource will help you turn your property into a sustainable ecosystem.

Don't they all sound wonderful, I want to read them all

PS. I did not write the reviews

1 comment

  1. I have the middle book and its really great. Will have to see if the Library has the other two. Thank you. Guida


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