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Integrated Forest Gardening: The Complete Guide to Polycultures and Plant Guilds in Permaculture Systems

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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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 5th 2014 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company (first published July 25th 2014)
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Beth Kakuma-Depew
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
The entire first two-thirds of this book reads like a textbook. But the last part has Case Studies, that offer sample plant guilds for use by the casual gardener.

One reviewer questioned the inclusion of the Poisonous Plant Guild. While I have no plans on encouraging Poison Ivy EVER, I did find it interesting on a theoretical level. It's a nice reminder that plants can have multiple uses.
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Louise
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a really thorough exposure to planning guilds for permaculture. A lot of the beginning is philosophical, but that was actually what I needed to start thinking more big picture about what I'm wanting to accomplish. At the end there are several example guilds that are drawn and described, with garden zones listed. Very helpful. ...more
Ashley Adler
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
The first time I read this, I was sick with Lyme disease so I didn’t remember much. Upon re-reading, it has a lot of good information, but my memory was correct in that it waxes too poetic. The book could easily be 25% shorter and retain all the good information with less repetition and “philosophical musing.” I especially appreciate the attention paid to northern gardeners and the many specific examples of guilds, so I increased my rating by 1 star.
Rosemary
Mar 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Chapter 7 was very good, which contains case studies of 15 guilds. I didn't read the rest as I didn't like the style much.

I was particularly interested in the cider guild, which I may try: currants, pea, musk strawberry, lemon balm, thyme, oregano, onions & garlic, baikal skullcap and white dutch clover.
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Mike Murray
Sep 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: food, plant-care, nature
103) Mustards - phosphorus
Buckwheat - phosphorus, + loosen clay
Comfrey - potassium
Borage - potassium, + calcium
Oak - calcium
Black Locust - calcium
Linden - calcium
Dandelion, Chickweed, Nasturtium - calcium
122) Stone Pine <-> Comfrey
Matt Kruse
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
Solid overview. Good example guilds/polycultures.
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