It is no exaggeration to say that the way I will garden from now on has been revolutionized after reading this book.
It’s the sort of book that has me torn between reading the next chapter and rushing outside to make changes based on the chapter I just read.
Because of this book, I’ve already:
- built a mandala garden
- planted cover crop seeds
- decided to convert a rock garden to a herb spiral
- planned a hugelkultur bed
- started designing a trio of garden “guilds” around my fig trees
This book has done more to energize and motivate me on the subject of gardening and sustainability than anything I can ever remember.
You permaculture converts are probably wondering why I’m so late to the party, and the answer is I don’t really have an answer for you. In terms of this book in particular, I’ve seen it around, noticed it, but possibly never picked it up because of the title. Not being that hip to ancient Greek goddesses, I guess I thought Mr. (or Ms.) Gaia was some sort of gardening guru I was supposed to follow. But no, Gaia is the name of the Greek goddess of primordial Earth.
The book doesn’t go into Greek goddesses, it isn’t even mentioned. This is a nuts and bolts, seriously informative, boot to the backside book that will get you excited about gardening again.
If you are just starting a garden, if you are planning any changes to your garden, if you want to understand the flora and fauna of your homeplace on a deeper and more practical level: Run, don’t walk. READ THIS BOOK NOW!
I thought I knew humus. I didn’t know humus.
There is so much I didn’t know about soil, about trees, about insects and plant interrelationships . . . I want to start over from the beginning and read this all over again because I want to cement its lessons on my brain.
This is a perfect primer on permaculture. I’m so sorry I let the title keep me away from it for this long.
We’re going to give away a couple of copies on Wednesday to two fortunate readers.
Have you read Gaia’s Garden? Do you do permaculture? Do tell.
I am on the bandwagon.
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