The first edition of Gaia's Garden sparked the imagination of America's home gardeners,introducing permacultures's central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. As Toby Hemenway demonstrates, it's satisfying and easy to create a backyard ecosystem by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:
-Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
-Catching and conserving water in the landscape
-Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
-Growing an edible "forest" that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods.
This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space.
"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..." Bill McKibben