By Cindy Naas
Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture is a remarkable book.
I count it as one of only a handful of gardening books I’ve ever read that present completely new ideas.
It is one of those books which will forever change the way you think about all gardens, most especially your own.
From The Ground Up
Hemenway examines the way soil is built and then presents an interesting new way to create growing beds. His method also includes new ways to companion plant in order to create long-term sustainable gardens, with combinations of plants maintaining soil fertility.
Hemenway details interesting combinations of plants for maximum food production coupled with the increased ability to attract wildlife. One page alone of this book has me throwing out every plan I’d drawn for my new garden and drawing up an entirely new planting scheme. My new garden will couple apples with lettuce, raspberries with carrots and roses with sweet corn and runner beans.
The Urban Food Forest
One of Hemenway’s most intriguing ideas is that Read the rest of this entry »