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Edible Forest Gardens: 2 Volume Set

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Edible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates. Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic ecological principles that make it work. In Volume II, Dave Jacke and Eric Toensmeier move on to practical ...more
Hardcover, 1068 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Chelsea Green Publishing Company
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L.G. Cullens I've long since passed this book set on to my daughter, but I remember it having some examples of small scale natural gardens. I was fostering a natur…moreI've long since passed this book set on to my daughter, but I remember it having some examples of small scale natural gardens. I was fostering a natural garden in the back pasture of my farmstead so I didn't pay much attention to smaller urban examples.(less)

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L.G. Cullens
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is a reference set of two books that I consulted in further developing my own natural garden (forest edge ecosystem) in a back pasture of an old farmstead abutting a Nature preserve. I found it very helpful.

From the blurb:
"Edible Forest Gardens is a groundbreaking two-volume work that spells out and explores the key concepts of forest ecology and applies them to the needs of natural gardeners in temperate climates. Volume I lays out the vision of the forest garden and explains the basic eco
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John
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Volume 1 was mostly stellar. I found Volume 2 too tortured to get through reading directly but has so much additional reference and tutorial content that to reduce my overall rating would be churlish. The following is my review of Volume 1:

What we have is no less than the beginning of an adventure, explicitly stated. That adventure is to see our habitats become habitats, restoring our dwellings to gardens in the shape of forests. The great pleasure of this adventure is that it can really be any
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Jim
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Permaculture principles and doctrine focus on mimicing nature instead of manipulating nature and this central core is through out the volumes. However, I find the volumes overwhelming with information. While the idea of working within nature and social structures is appealing, most of the forest gardens and communities are large groups of people all with far more funds and or property than many people can afford. With the complexities of permaculture it must be taught on a more practicle level ...more
Anna
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A close second for best book of 2009. This two volume set is a full course on North American forest gardening, from idea to implementation. Read it and you'll view gardening (and especially orchards) in an entirely different light.

See my full review at http://waldeneffect.org/blog/What_is_...
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Angela
This is an excellent reference or textbook. There is just too much information in it to sit in read cover to cover, but I will definitely be coming back to this set again and again for personal and community projects in the future.
Kelda
Feb 16, 2008 rated it really liked it
Awesome, Really practical advice on creating forest gardens. As I write this I'm still reading volume 2, but have already found so much info useful: soil ecosystems, 'successional' work, making edge-y productive clumps, etc. ...more
Diane
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A highly technical textbook on creating a food garden that mimics a forest comunity... in any location no matter how small. This book goes hand-in-hand with permaculture design. Building healthy soil to sustain plants which feed people and animals and the soil is essential to earth's survival. ...more
Jordan
Nov 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Beautifully awesome resource! Wish it had a West Coast counterpart for the plant lists. Not the black hole of information that is most other permaculture manuals. Very useful for landscapers, gardeners, farmers, and anyone serious about understanding the applications of permaculture.
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Yana
Apr 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
FAVE!!!!!
Annette Bowman
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Very comprehensive. They require knowledge to be able to get much from. Not for beginners.
Emily
Jun 05, 2009 marked it as to-read
I just heard Dave Jacke speak tonight, and I am so excited to read his books.
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