Updated: Oct 2, 2021
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For the home-scale gardener, this is the absolute must have resource. Covering nearly every topic of permaculture with definitive methods for implementation, you may not even need any other resource on the topic.
The book begins with elaborate and comprehensive reasoning as to why the ecological garden is best. In short, it creates less work, increases output, and looks phenomenal. The author goes in to many different designs and plans so that you have an understanding of garden placement and flow.
After explaining how to build soil, composting, nutrients, etc., there is a wonderful chapter about harvesting water in many different applications like rainwater harvesting, ponds, swales, and by effective planting. I find these chapters alone to be worthy of your consideration.
As the book goes on, it covers food forests in thorough detail. You will also learn a ton about companion plants, insects, weeds, and livestock's impact on your garden. As well, Gaia's Garden touches on the topic of community, and as we move forward into the 21st century I believe we may need to form locally based food sources through permaculture in order to simply survive. Not only that, but humans have become so disconnected from each other that it will be only right for us to once again appreciate our neighbor. Gardens have the power to do that.
Most of these topics covered are touched upon here at High Altitude Homestead, but it is amazing to have the explicit depth that Gaia's Garden provides. This is a book that should be on the shelves of every aspiring gardener.