Earth User's Guide to Permaculture

Author: Rosemary Morrow

Publisher: Permanent Publications

ISBN: 9780731812714

Category: Organic gardening

Page: 264

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Permaculture is a way to repair and restore the Earth by analysis and design and can be practised by everyone. In this fully revised and expanded edition, Rosemary Morrow brings us up to date with our need to measure, monitor and reduce our ecological footprint. This book is a manual of practical permaculture. Included are extra chapters on seedsaving, permaculture at work, integrated pest management, and more about domestic as well as rural water usage and a non-destructive approach towards weeds and wildlife. Rob Allsop's simple and clear illustrations continue to support Rosemary's writing with their wamth and accessibility.
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Practical Permaculture

for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth

Author: Jessi Bloom,Dave Boehnlein

Publisher: Timber Press

ISBN: 1604697423

Category: Gardening

Page: 336

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“Practical Permaculture is powerful, visceral, readable, and inspiring. It shows us how we can and should live.” —Joel Salatin, farmer and author Permaculture is more popular than ever, but it can still be a daunting concept. If you are new to permaculture and interested in learning more, Practical Permaculture offers authoritative, in-depth, and hands-on advice for a more holistic approach to sustainable living. Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein, two dynamic leaders in the permaculture community, explain the basics of permaculture, share their design process, and explore various permaculture systems including soil, water, waste, energy, shelter, food and plants, and animals and wildlife. They also profile the fifty most useful plants for permaculture landscapes.
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When Technology Fails

A Manual for Self-Reliance, Sustainability, and Surviving the Long Emergency, 2nd Edition

Author: Matthew Stein

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603580956

Category: House & Home

Page: 493

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There’s never been a better time to “be prepared.” Matthew Stein’s comprehensive primer on sustainable living skills—from food and water to shelter and energy to first-aid and crisis-management skills—prepares you to embark on the path toward sustainability. But unlike any other book, Stein not only shows you how to live “green” in seemingly stable times, but to live in the face of potential disasters, lasting days or years, coming in the form of social upheaval, economic meltdown, or environmental catastrophe. When Technology Fails covers the gamut. You’ll learn how to start a fire and keep warm if you’ve been left temporarily homeless, as well as the basics of installing a renewable energy system for your home or business. You’ll learn how to find and sterilize water in the face of utility failure, as well as practical information for dealing with water-quality issues even when the public tap water is still flowing. You’ll learn alternative techniques for healing equally suited to an era of profit-driven malpractice as to situations of social calamity. Each chapter (a survey of the risks to the status quo; supplies and preparation for short- and long-term emergencies; emergency measures for survival; water; food; shelter; clothing; first aid, low-tech medicine, and healing; energy, heat, and power; metalworking; utensils and storage; low-tech chemistry; and engineering, machines, and materials) offers the same approach, describing skills for self-reliance in good times and bad. Fully revised and expanded—the first edition was written pre-9/11 and pre-Katrina, when few Americans took the risk of social disruption seriously—When Technology Fails ends on a positive, proactive note with a new chapter on "Making the Shift to Sustainability," which offers practical suggestions for changing our world on personal, community and global levels.
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How to Start a Home-Based Landscaping Business

*Develop a profitable business plan *Build word-of-mouth referrals *Handle employees, paperwork, and taxes *Work smart and safe *Adapt to new trends like sustainable landscaping *Become your area's top landscaper

Author: Owen E. Dell

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 0762761954

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

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Making money doing lawn-care, landscape architecture, and garden work is a dream of many people—and this guide contains all the necessary tools and strategies they need to successfully launch and develop their own business doing so. This sixth edition also features advice on marketing and selling one's services within “sustainable landscaping,” one of the hottest new trends in the field. * Develop a profitable business plan * Build word-of-mouth referrals * Handle employees, paperwork, and taxes * Work smart and safe * Adapt to new trends like sustainable landscaping * Become your area's top landscaper
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Gaia's Garden

A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, 2nd Edition

Author: Toby Hemenway

Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing

ISBN: 1603582231

Category: Gardening

Page: 328

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The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers. Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including: Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure Catching and conserving water in the landscape Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.
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Chicken Tractor

The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil

Author: Andrew W. Lee,Patricia Foreman

Publisher: Good Earth Pub

ISBN: 9780962464867

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 318

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A chicken tractor is a bottomless portable pen that fits over your garden beds. Just set it wherever you need help in your garden. The chickens peck and scratch the soil to clean your beds, eat pest bugs and weed seeds, and fertilize the beds with their manure. Best of all, they provide eggs and meat with that old-fashioned flavor and homegrown goodness. This is a revolutionary practical book for gardeners and poultry growers. it has already helped thousands of gardeners have better gardens and has literally changed the lives of millions of chickens all over the world.--COVER.
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