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The book itself is great reading with some fantastic idea's. The one fault I would have (as at least 1 other reader has mentioned) is that the pictures and tables are almost impossible to read on the Kindle due to the small size. Is it possible for these tables to be sent via email so at least we could read what they are saying??
Not what I was expecting. It's a pretty heavy read, but worth it if you can put in the time to digest the theories. If you want a book to pick up and browse, to help with planning a garden or a quick guide to permaculture, then this book isn't for you. It doesn't even have many inspiring pictures to break up the endless text! I know this is a reccommended guide to permaculture, but for me, it just fell a bit short.
I have only read a portion of this book and the ideas in it are fairly new to me; having been interested in Forest Gardening before, this seems a much more holistic view of how we can utilise the natural world to its and our own mutual advantage. However, I am totally convinced of the merits and principles of this approach.
Caution: the book does require a reasonable level of literacy though.
It is quite a lengthy read which is refreshing in some respects as so many gardening books are just crammed full of photographs with minimal real content. My gripes with this book are partly to do with an American audience in mind as American examples are used throughout the book. From what I've read so far Permaculture in the UK climate is a slightly different game to more temperate climates. The second gripe is that the author just takes ages to get to the point, and often the text is very repetitive. It could quite easily be condensed and provide the same level of technical detail.
I thought this book was fascinating - well written with good examples. I just wish I lived somewhere where I could use more of the suggested plantings. I am in Ireland, so many of the plants and trees would not survive here...
This is the first gardening book I have sat and read from cover to cover. Some previous reviewers said that they had found the American references got in the way of a good book... I do not find that this is the case as things that do not apply are far and few between. The only thing that is hampered by the American thing are the plant lists, but even these are not a problem as the reader is given so many other choices, and as Mr Hemenway points out you can pick and choose. Thank you Toby Hemenway for producing such an accessible, thorough and affordable book on permaculture. If you can afford only one book on gardening of any-sort, buy this one.
This was great - coming to the subject with no knowledge, I can now bore my friends and am a convert. Gives a good overview of the philosophy, as well as an intro to the science, and at the same time offers practical projects, several of which I have tried. Hugelkultur - who knew? Slightly America focussed eg tips on how to prevent water evaporation from the soil less appropriate for Northern England where the sun rarely shows itself, but really well researched and put together