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The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s property gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, outcomes in more lovely, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the attain and depth of the permaculture strategy for urban and suburban growers. Many individuals mistakenly believe that ecological gardening—which entails expanding a wide variety of edible and other valuable plants—can take location only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s enjoyable and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can perform cooperatively and perform a selection of functions, such as: Constructing and maintaining soil fertility and structure Catching and conserving water in the landscape Supplying habitat for helpful insects, birds, and animals Increasing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods This revised and updated edition also functions a new chapter on urban permaculture, created particularly for individuals in cities and suburbs who have extremely restricted growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to function with, you can apply fundamental permaculture principles to make it a lot more diverse, a lot more natural, much more productive, and a lot more gorgeous. Best of all, after it’s established, an ecological garden will decrease or eliminate most of the backbreaking perform that’s needed to preserve the typical lawn and garden.
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