Monday, October 6, 2008

Permaculture Books

If you live on the west coast of North America and you would like to know what edible plants grow well and what they require and what they produce, check out this amazing book called "West Coast Food Forestry". It is available as a free download from the site as a pdf after you register but if you enjoy it please send at least $10 to the author Rain Tenaqiya. Her information is at the end of the book. The book even has a chart that shows which plants food is available during the year so you can plan for year-round abundance! Enjoy

Another book that really helped me out to learn the concept of permaculture and to apply it on the small home level was Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway. It is a little repetitive in its concepts but that just means you'll really know it when you're done with the book!

I am currently reading and enjoying Roots Demystified by Robert Kourick and I plan to purchase and read his other book Designing and Maintaining your Edible Landscape Naturally.

The permaculture "bible" is Bill Mollison's "Permaculture: A designer's Manual" I have just purchased it and I'm sure it will become an invaluable resource.

Furthermore it is very important that we plan for our water source before we plant any plants. Learn to "plant" the water in the soil as this holds the largest quantity and it is where the roots can drink it, secondly use cisterns and ponds and the last resort should be dependence on municipal water! A great book to read is Harvesting Rainwater by Brad Lancaster which I am currently reading and it is very inspiring, especially about this African farmer who is self-sufficient and learned to capture his own water and grows his own food while his neighbors are dependent on international aid!

I do not know what the future holds for suburbia but I am trying to retrofit it to be more sustainable and each of these books is giving me ideas on how to do just that. We will not be able to grow all of our own food on our properties, but if we work together in the community we can share our abundance and reduce our dependency while increasing our resilience!

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