Gardening and planting are not only relegated to springtime. Autumn is a perfect time to begin planning next year’s gardenwhether that’s a complete redesign, or adding new features like rain barrels, bees, or herbs and companion plants.
A little planning can go a long way toward making sure your garden or small farm grows the way you want it. That’s where permaculture comes in.
The concept of permaculture is simpleeverything should serve multiple functions and let nature do the heavy lifting. By paying attention to natural systems and working with them, you can spend less effort, improve the health of your soil, and enjoy a bountiful harvest.
Chelsea Green has been the go-to publisher for key home-scale permaculture books for nearly thirty years, and to help you get familiar with the concept (or add to your existing collection) we’ve put a selection of our best permaculture titles on sale, as well as some new titles that we expect to become classics in time.
Happy reading from the folks at Chelsea Green Publishing!
The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.
Learn Permaculture 101 in Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture. READ IT HERE…
“The world didn’t come with an operating manual, so it’s a good thing that some wise people have from time to time written them. Gaia’s Garden is one of the more important, a book that will be absolutely necessary in the world ahead.”Bill McKibben
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Edible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates.
Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic ecological principles that make it work.
In Volume II , Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier move on to practical considerations: concrete ways to design, establish, and maintain your own forest garden. Along the way they present case studies and examples, as well as tables, illustrations, and a uniquely valuable “plant matrix” that lists hundreds of the best edible and useful species.
Taken together, the two volumes of Edible Forest Gardens offer an advanced course in ecological gardeningone that will forever change the way you look at plants and your environment.
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There is a fantastic array of vegetables you can grow in your garden, and not all of them are annuals. In Perennial Vegetables the adventurous gardener will find information, tips, and sound advice on less common edibles that will make any garden a perpetual, low-maintenance source of food.
Perennial vegetables are perfect as part of an edible landscape plan or permaculture garden. Profiling more than a hundred species, with dozens of color photographs and illustrations, and filled with valuable growing tips, recipes, and resources.
Perennial Vegetables is a groundbreaking and ground-healing book that will open the eyes of gardeners everywhere to the exciting world of edible perennials.
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David Holmgren brings into sharper focus the powerful and still evolving Permaculture concept he pioneered with Bill Mollison in the 1970s.
Permaculture draws together and integrates 25 years of thinking and teaching to reveal a whole new way of understanding and action behind a simple set of design principles.
For anyone seriously interested in understanding the foundations of sustainable design and culture, this book is essential reading. Although a book of ideas, the big picture is repeatedly grounded by reference to Holmgren’s own place, Melliodora, and other practical examples.
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Gardening can be a political act. Creativity, fulfillment, connection, revolutionit all begins when we get our hands in the dirt. Food Not Lawns combines practical wisdom on ecological design and community-building with a fresh, green perspective on an age-old subject.
Activist and urban gardener Heather Flores shares her nine-step permaculture design to help farmsteaders and city dwellers alike build fertile soil, promote biodiversity, and increase natural habitat in their own “paradise gardens.”
Sepp Holzer’s farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them.
This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors’ spruce monocultures. Holzer covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it.
“A fascinating book written by a man who has devoted a lifetime to working with nature and creating extraordinarily diverse polycultures. His work is breathtaking.” Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine
In this unique, full color guide, experienced permaculture teacher Aranya leads you through the design process from beginning to end, using clear explanations, flowcharts and diagrams.
It is based on course worksheets which have been designed, refined and tested on students over time. Linking theory to practice, he places the ethics, principles, philosophies, tools and techniques directly into the context of the process itself. While written for anyone with a basic grasp of permaculture, this book also has plenty to offer the more experienced designer.
People & Permaculture widens the definition of permaculture from being mainly about land-based systems to include our own lives, relationships, and society.
This book provides a framework to help each of us improve our ability to care for ourselves, our friends, families, and the Earth. It is also a clear guide for those who may be new to permaculture, who may not even have a garden, but who wish to be involved in making changes to their lives and living more creative, low-carbon lives. People & Permaculture transforms the context of permaculture making it relevant to everyone.
Martin Crawford gives comprehensive advice on all types of perennial vegetables (edible plants that live longer than three years), from ground-cover plants and coppiced trees to plants for bog gardens and edible woodland plants.
There are many advantages to growing perennial vegetables. They need less tillage than conventional vegetables and so help retain carbon in the soil, they extend the harvesting season, especially in early spring, and, of course, they are much less work.
How to Grow Perennial Vegetables features over 100 perennial edibles in detail, both common and unusual – from rhubarb to skirret; Jerusalem artichoke to nodding onions.
Permaculture is much more than organic gardening. Arguably it is one of Australia’s greatest intellectual exports, having helped people worldwide to design ecologically sustainable strategies for their homes, gardens, farms and communities.
This book charts a history of the first three decades of permaculture through the personal stories of Australian permaculturists. From permaculture co-originator David Holmgren, to ABC TV’s Gardening Australia presenter Josh Byrne, the authors span the generations and the continent.