Monday, December 26, 2011

Book: Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway

First permaculture book I read, and I loved it!

Which is not to say I absorbed it. Reading on the Kindle is awesome for convenience and portability - especially the big glossy books that weigh a ton and you feel bad about bending and tossing about. Downside - black and white/mostly un-zoomable pictures. That's fine for me right now - I couldn't tell the difference between a carrot and an oak tree, so the graphics are wasted on me at this point. Throw in some massive information overload and I've got a book that did a phenomenal job of introducing the vocabulary, philosophy, major people, methods, and significant organic tools.

The detailed plant lists aren't readable on the Kindle but work just fine when viewed on the laptop, and I'm only perusing them to build familiarity on this read through. This one gets bookmarked for a re-read when I've got a better foundation, and will certainly be a printed purchase for reference if I ever get to working on anything concrete.

Highly recommended.

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