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.
About the Author
Jessi Bloom is an award-winning landscape designer whose work emphasises self-sufficiency and sustainability. She is the author of the bestselling 'Free-Range Chicken Gardens' (Timber Press, 2012). Dave Boehnlein is the education director of a permaculture homestead in Washington and teaches permaculture techniques to a wide range of gardeners.
"With astonishing thoroughness and admirable dedication, Bloom and Boehnlein meticulously outline every aspect of permaculture, providing inspiring examples and impeccable advice for analysis, design, implementation, and plant selection." --Booklist
"Gardeners will relish the pragmatic text and illustrations in this handbook from two of permaculture's well-known leaders, Bloom (Free Range Chicken Gardens) and Boehnlein (education director, Bullock's Permaculture Homestead, WA)." --Library Journal
"Fills a niche for readers who want to integrate this down-to-earth but too-often-mystifying nature-inspired design system into their lives." --Publishers Weekly
"Practical Permaculture says it all right there in the title. The photos and diagrams are gorgeous and relevant. The text is easy to read, and the authors are seasoned in their craft. It is the clearest and most practical Permaculture book I have yet seen for helping the aspiring Permie." --PermacultureRising.com
"If anyone can make permaculture intelligible and appealing to home gardeners, it's award winning ecological landscape designer Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein. . . . if you're interested in achieving closed-loop sustainability while keeping garden aesthetics in mind, Practical Permaculture can serve as a detailed roadmap." --Garden Design
"In Practical Permaculture Northwest authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein take this 1970's term into today with real-life examples of people growing food, harvesting rain, and bringing their homes and gardens into symbiosis with the surrounding natural resources." --Sunset
"Clearly written and laid out. . . . This is a permaculture primer that is fresh and vibrant. Bring it on!" --Permaculture Magazine
"This comprehensive resource will help you make the shifts you're ready for this year, and for a decade." --The Denver Post
"Farmers who have heard the term, "permaculture" and are curious as to just what it means, will benefit from reading Practical Permaculture. Bloom and Boehnlein offer vivid ways to diversify the number of crops growing in a given area." --Acres USA