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The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture

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Permaculture is an important but often misunderstood method
of growing food and building homes in a manner that works
with nature, rather than against it, to create beautiful, healthy, and
useful gardens. Blending ecology, organic agriculture, green home
design, appropriate technology, and biology can be confusing and
overwhelming, but The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture simplif
Paperback, 330 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Skyhorse Publishing
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A better title for this book might have been, "An Overview of Common Strategies and Techniques Used by Temperate-Climate Landowners in Their Permaculture Designs." Though I am loath to give a book that purports to be about permaculture such a poor review, I feel that this book is a dud compared to the great body of literature already out there on the subject.

After one scanty chapter at the beginning that tries to encompass the whole of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren's original permaculture cur
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
My thoughts are identical to this review:
including the recommendation to read these 2 books instead:
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture and Earth User's Guide to Permaculture
Jane G Meyer
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was ok
There's quite a lot of information shoved into this book, with a fair amount of specifics on individual themes from farming, to home gardening, to raising chickens and quail and how to process them, etc... But the book must have put together hastily, or had a terrible proof reader, because it's filled with typos and small text errors that make a reader question the authority of both the writer and the publisher.

Overall, it's another good general resource, serving as a nice introduction to the u
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
This is both comprehensive and superficial (though less superficial than almost all of the other permaculture books I've seen). That being said, I haven't found any permaculture books I really like despite liking the idea. ...more
Abby Q.
Sep 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very detailed guide to permaculture. Informative. Technical. May be too much information to take in but I'm also interested in her other books. ...more
Jan 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
I like the way the author makes some of the peramculture principles more obvious that other books Ive read, which seem to give advice on ways to set up a permaculture farm but aren't as specific as I would like, eg you like in a temperate climate and are facing increasing impacts of drought and climate change, so what to do, for this reason I wish the book focussed on the future a little more.
They did incorporate aspects of we are currently doing on our small permaculturish property eg rabbits,
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a great read for anyone interested in permaculture, regenerative agriculture, homesteading, agroforestry and sustainable animal husbandry. It's accessible, practical and informative. Topics are covered at a high level, and then buttressed with greater detail. Recommendations are not just offered, but supported with a reason why, which I so often find lacking in these kinds of books. This really helped my comprehension of the subject matter. ...more
April Franklin
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've skimmed through several permaculture books lately; I've become fascinated with the ideas and practices behind permaculture. I've been a backyard gardener for years but I am just now realizing how much farther some people take it. This book was by far the most approachable permaculture book I picked up. Highly recommended! ...more
Diana Par-due
Jun 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a good guide but doesn't have a lot of practical examples. I really found the planting guide super helpful because it listed good companion plants for each variety and mentioned the bugs they repel and attract.

The pictures are beautiful as well.
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Ultimate Guide to Permaculture is a simple, mainstream sum up of permaculture philosophy, which would make it a good gift for your neighbor or mother who look at your crazy projects with a skeptical eye. ...more
Cindy Deister
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
Very informative, but more for people who own large plots of land. Not for suburban life or backyard design, but interesting if you are looking for information on permaculture.
Tygh Walters
May 30, 2013 rated it liked it
Super superficial; paradoxically good, as a dumbed-down overview.
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