Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Journey to Permaculture

I can still remember sitting in Nikki's tiny apartment, years ago before we were married, sitting in a ray of sunshine reading her grandfather's copy of Rodale's The Complete Book of Composting on a quiet, perfect afternoon.  Something clicked inside me that day, as I learned about the incredible symphony of diverse life transforming waste into humus in Nature's perfect recycling system.  That was the day that sent me on this path of endless composting and garden tinkering. 
It is amazing how an idea can reach out and change your world.  I feel the need to start this blog off with a list of the books that have helped shape my views and understanding.  The more I learn, the more I understand how much I don't know.  Here are the ideas that have helped guide me from a person with a mild interest in plants, to aspiring permaculturist.

Top Book Recommendations

The Complete Book of Composting, by J Rodale and staff
Rodale's All-New Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening
Carrots Love Tomatoes & Roses Love Garlic by Louise Riotte
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
Great Garden Companions by Sally Jean Cunningham
Worms Eat My Garbage by Mary Appelhof
Let it Rot by Stu Campbell
Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

Permaculture, A Designer's Manual by Bill Mollison
Sepp Holzer's Permaculture by Sepp Holzer
The One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
The Passive Solar Construction Handbook by Steven Winter Associates Inc.
The Earth Sheltered Solar Greenhouse Book by Mike Oehler
The $50 and up underground house book by Mike Oehler
You Can Farm by Joel Salatin
Seed To Seed by Suzanne Ashworth
The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan
Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemmenway

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