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Permaculture is a movement that is coming into its own, and the concept of creating plant guilds in permaculture is at the forefront of every farmer's and gardener's practice. One of the essential practices of permaculture is to develop perennial agricultural systems that thrive over several decades without expensive and harmful inputs: perennial plant guilds, food forests, agroforestry, and mixed animal and woody species polycultures.
The massive degradation of conventional agriculture and the environmental havoc it creates has never been as all-pervasive in terms of scale, so it has become a global necessity to further the understanding of a comprehensive design and planning system such as permaculture that works with nature, not against it. The guild concept often used is one of a "functional relationship" between plants: beneficial groupings of plants that share functions in order to bring health and stability to a plant regime and create an abundant yield for our utilization. In other words, it is the integration of species that creates a balanced, healthy and thriving ecosystem. But it goes beyond integration. A guild is a metaphor for all walks of life, most importantly a group of people working together to craft works of balance, beauty and utility.
This book is the first, and most comprehensive, guide about plant guilds ever written, and covers in detail both what guilds are and how to design and construct them, complete with extensive color photography and design illustrations. Included is information on:
Readers of any scale will benefit from this book, from permaculture designers and professional growers, to backyard growers new to the concept of permaculture. Books on permaculture cover this topic, but never in enough depth to be replicable in a serious way. Finally, it's here!
Author: Weiseman, Halsey & Ruddock
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Jamie Durie, international award-winning horticulturalist and landscape designer, reveals the secrets behind his incredible designs on the ever-popular HGTV series The Outdoor Room, now viewed in more than 12 countries. With dynamic photography, including Durie's personal travel photographs and a sneak peek of his private garden, this information-packed companion to his smash-hit t.v. show is as hardworking as it is stunning.
Complete with detailed site plans, zonal plant lists, and helpful eco-tips, it covers everything from the basics of landscape design to practical, hands-on information, such as how to design your own private garden using Durie's philosophy. From an exotic Balinese-inspired dining pavilion to a private English-style garden with an adjoining children's play area, Durie shows you how to incorporate his techniques and design principles to create a personal and truly unique garden, giving you and your family and friends the opportunity to reconnect with nature in the privacy of your very own outdoor room.
Author: Jamie Durie
With easy-to-learn tips and advice from experts Joy Bossi and Karen Bastow, Joy in Your Garden: A Seasonal Guide to Gardening will have you gardening in no time! Novice gardeners and natural green thumbs will learn to successfully garden in any season of the year. The expertise and wisdom provided in this book will help you master the art of gardening, from using the correct tools for your garden to choosing a ripe watermelon.
Author: Joy Bissi & Karen Bastow
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The best of Dick Raymond's vegetable gardening wisdom is illustrated with full-color photos and at-a-glance charts that make his methods accessible to any gardener.
The companion to the television series of the same name, Garden Way's Joy of Gardening contains the best of Raymond's vegetable gardening wisdom -- his proven methods for raised beds, wide rows, and other techniques that promise a bigger harvest with less work.
Full-color photographs and illustrations, and at-a-glance charts make Raymond's proven methods accessible to any gardener, beginner or seasoned expert.
Author: DICK RAYMOND
Author: Dick and James Strawbridge
Published in the year 2000, Making Plant Medicine has become a preferred herbal reference for learning to make standard herbal tinctures, teas, syrups, oils, salves, and poultices. The fourth edition includes 28 new herbs, including aloe vera, andrographis, Ashitaba, brahmi, Chameleon plant, hops, osha, and rhodiola. May your personalized copy soon be anointed with the happy splatter of homemade herbal remedies!
Author: Richo Cech
Author: Lynn Byczynski
The Plains Indians found medicinal value in more than 200 species of native prairie plants. Unfortunately, modern American culture has not paid much attention.
White settlers did learn a few plant-based remedies from the Indians, and a few prairie plants were prescribed by frontier doctors. A couple dozen prairie species were listed as drugs in the U.S. Pharmacopeia at one time or another, and one or two, like the Purple Coneflower, found their way into the bottles of patent medicine.
But in both the number of species used and the varieties of treatments administered, Indians were far more proficient than white settlers. Their familiarity with the plants of the prairie was comprehensive: There probably were Indian names for all prairie plants, and they recognized more varieties of some species than scientists do today. Their knowledge was refined and exact enough that they could successfully administer medicinal doses of plants that are poisonous. All of the species used by frontier doctors were used first by Indians.
In Medicinal Wild Plants of the Prairie, ethnobotanist Kelly Kindscher documents the medicinal use of 203 native prairie plants by the Plains Indians. Using information gleaned from archival materials, interviews and fieldwork, Kindscher describes plant-based treatments for ailments ranging from hyperactivity to syphilis, from arthritis to worms. He also explains the use of internal and external medications, smoke treatments, moxa (the burning of a medicinal substance on the skin), and the doctrine of signatures (the belief that the form or characteristics of a plant are signatures or signs that reveal its medicinal uses). He adds information on recent pharmacological findings to further illuminate the medicinal nature of these plants.
Not since 1919 has the ethnobotany of native Great Plains plants been examined so thoroughly. Kindscher's study is the first to encompass the entire Prairie Bioregion, a 1 million-square-mile area bounded by Texas on the south, Canada on the north, the Rocky Mountains on the west, and the deciduous forests of Missouri, Indiana and Wisconsin in the east. Along with information on the medicinal uses of prairie plants by the Indians, Kindscher also lists Indian, common, and scientific names and describes Anglo folk uses, medical uses, scientific research and cultivation. Descriptions of the plants are supplemented by 44 exquisite line drawings and more than 100 range maps.
This book will help increase appreciation for prairie plants at a time when prairies and their biodiversity urgently need protection throughout the region.
Author: Kelly Kindscher
Author Katie Elzer-Peters, the master gardener responsible for the best-selling Beginner's Illustrated Guide to Gardening, equips you with all the information you need to design your edible garden, tend the soil, maintain your plants throughout their life cycles, and (most importantly) harvest the delicious foods they produce.
Author: Katie Elzer-Peters
Here is a holistic approach to small-area farming that will show you how to produce 85 percent of an average family's food on just one-quarter acre — and earn $10,000 in cash annually. This is not back-to-the-land utopianism, but a tested and pragmatic method that can be applied in small lots in rural, suburban and even urban areas. Even if you have never been a farmer or a gardener, Brett Markham's advice will teach you what you need to know:
More than just a how-to guide for self-sufficiency, Mini Farming teaches you the underlying principles of mini-farming so you will have the knowledge to make your own unique applications. Materials, tools and techniques are detailed with over a hundred photographs, tables, diagrams and illustrations.
Author: Brett L. Markham
The Month-By-Month series is the perfect companion to take the guesswork out of gardening. With this book, you'll know what to do each month to have gardening success all year. Written by authors in your state, the information is tailored to the issues that affect your garden the most. Valuable hints are located throughout the book, and beautiful photographs will inspire you. Written just for gardeners where you live, you can be confident that the information is right for you … and your garden will show it.
Author: Mary Robson
Growing and preparing your own fresh, healthy food for your table is simpler than ever with the Garden to Table Set. Mother Earth News and Capper’s Farmer have compiled five special guides to get you growing, raising and cooking your own organic food. Learn everything about organic gardening and raising chickens, growing and cooking with herbs, and how to bake and cook all the foods you’ve grown.
This set includes:
Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening
There is so much benefit to an organic garden, and with this guide, you’ll learn all the hacks to produce your own. These articles will teach you how to maintain a weedless organic garden, how to store fresh vegetables, how to transplant your garden, and how you can build better soil with (free!) organic fertilizer, among other valuable articles.
Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food
Growing your food is so much more than having a garden. Learn how to naturally produce everything you put on the table with the 7th Edition of Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food. Articles include information on how to raise chickens for meat, keep bees naturally, get the best eggs from your backyard chickens, grow amazing tomatoes in your own backyard, and more! With this guide, get 35 tips, tricks and recipes to help you eat better and save money.
Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs
With Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs, you’ll get 109+ tips for growing all kinds of herbs for healing and cooking. Keep fresh herbs year-round with articles about organic gardening and indoor winter herb gardens. Learn hacks to grow the freshest, most bountiful herbs in the best climates and soil and how to store these herbs for use throughout the year. Includes 18 recipes for using your favorite herbs.
Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs
After you’ve grown your own herbs at home, learn how to use them with Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs for flavorful recipes and tips. With 99+ tips and 75+ recipes, this guide is full of everything herb. Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry herbs and spices, create beverages and seasoning blends, and learn uses for mint, basil, dill, horseradish and more.
Capper’s Farmer Guide to Cooking from Scratch
Ditch the over-processed, store-bought meals and treats from the grocery store and learn how to make your own fresh, delicious meals from scratch! Put it all together with the last guide in the set with the fresh ingredients you’ve already learned to grow and store. Cook and bake from scratch with this guide with articles teaching you how to churn butter, bake bread, freeze garden produce, bake sweet or savory pies, make pickles and sauerkraut, and many more with Capper’s Farmer Cooking from Scratch.
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