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Gaia's Garden
Gaia's Garden
A Guide To Home-Scale Permaculture

Toby Hemingway

The author, a permaculture expert and associate editor of The Permaculture Activist, explains how gardens can function as ecosystems, describes the basic parts of an ecological garden (soil, water, plants, and animals), and shows how to create backyard ecosystems through guilds. Guilds, the author tells us, are groups of plants that function as an ecosystem to provide products for humans, create cover and food for wildlife, nourish the soil, conserve water, and repel pests. A simple example of a guild is the "three sisters" (corn, beans, and squash); corn stalks provide a trellis for beans, the beans supply nitrogen to the soil, and the squash leaves inhibit weeds and conserve water. While Hemenway's ideas are intriguing, creating guilds specific to an area involves extensive research, which involves either observing plant communities in the wild or using books or university contacts. In addition, the author doesn't sufficiently explain how to incorporate the many sun-loving vegetables and flowers into guilds, which are often shade-oriented.

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Gardening at the Dragon's Gate
Gardening at the Dragon's Gate
At Work in the Wild and Cultivated World

Wendy Johnson

Johnson has served as head gardener for San Francisco's Green Gulch Farm Center, a place of exceptional tranquility and vibrancy where her daily devotional meditation practices became as essential to the health and productivity of her gardens as they were to her body and soul. Espousing seven essential principles that demonstrate respect for the land through organic gardening and ecological farming, Johnson relates practical information about botanical basics, such as planting, growth, and propagation, as well as the craft of gardening, such as designing, tending, and harvesting. Viewed through the prism of an elemental understanding of the unbridled life that exists in every garden, Johnson's wisdom is conveyed with a lyrical, poetic, yet pragmatic sensibility that both calms the mind and excites the imagination.

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In Resonance with Nature
In Resonance with Nature
Holistic Healing for Plants and Land

Hans Andeweg

Around the world, as well as close to home, much of our land is in crisis. Harmful pollutants have left plants, soil, fields and forests seriously damaged, and our future on this planet is the balance. This timely book examines a number of theories of natural energy, and presents practical techniques for diagnosing and healing plants and land, including the use of vibrations. A variety of projects conducted by Hans Andeweg have proved his methods to be remarkably successful in improving the vitality of treated areas, including forests, estates and gardens. Through progressive exercises the author demonstrates how you can start your own healing projects, even on the smallest scale. He also looks at what it means to have 'green fingers', and the remarkable influence of our own attitudes towards plants and trees. This is an important book about how we, for good or ill, affect the natural world and what we can do to repair the damage that is all too evident around us.

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The Healing Power of Forests
The Healing Power of Forests
The Philosophy Behind Restoring Earth

Akira Miyakawa

The Healing Power of Forests describes the successful techniques used to recreate depleted forests, whether near factory sites, parking lots, or even the Great Wall of China, on the basis of environmental studies. The book challenges us to plant 'native forests of native trees' to increase the chances for achieving a sustainable way of life before it is too late.

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The Natural Habitat Garden
The Natural Habitat Garden

Ken Druse

Now in paperback, this classic book shows American gardeners how they can create beautiful native-plant gardens. Through 500 color photographs of 35 gardens across the country, Ken Druse introduces nature's original communities: grasslands, drylands, wetlands, and woodlands. Listings of plant sources, places to visit, and societies and organizations have been updated for this edition.

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Sacred Medicine Sanctuary
Sacred Medicine Sanctuary
Poulsbo, Washington

Copyright by Sacred Medicine Sanctuary 2013 and 2017
Graphic Design:
Damien Francoeur

 

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