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An Apple-Centered Guild

October has arrived, and we hardly need National Apple Month to tell us that it’s peak season for apples! Orchards are brimming with every variety you can imagine. While you’re enjoying the fruit, here’s some information about growing apples – specifically, building an apple-centered permaculture guild in your home garden or back yard.

Permaculture master Toby Hemenway, author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, describes the theory behind permaculture guilds (groups or layers of complimentary plants and fungi that support each other nutritionally – and sometimes physically – as they grow, thus acting as a diversified micro-ecosystem) and how to build a guild around an apple tree.

An Apple-Centered Guild, An Excerpt from Gaia’s Garden

Toby Hemenway is the author of Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture, available now.


10 Books to Curl Up With This Winter

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More..

Draft Power: The Life-Affirming Alternative to “Big Ag”

Farmers young and old are seeking new ways to shrink their carbon footprint and promote more ecologically friendly ways of getting chores done. So, what’s a modern farmer to do? For some, the centuries old approach of using draft animals—especially horses—is offering a very 21st century solution. Read More..

Top 8 Chelsea Green Books the Self-Styled Oregon Militia Should Read

The ongoing armed militia occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon is showing no signs of ending — so, rather than send them snacks, or sex toys, we had an idea: Send them a book! Better yet, send them several Chelsea Green books. Don’t worry, we’ve picked five key titles that we think […] Read More..

A Book for the Fruit Nerd on Your Holiday Gift List

Have a fruit enthusiast on your holiday shopping list this year? Then give the gift that Booklist calls, “a thorough investigation of one wonderful fruit”—The Book of Pears by Joan Morgan.Sure cherries, plums, peaches, and other fruits have their unique qualities, but nothing quite compares to the pear’s luscious texture, richness of taste, and fragrance reminiscent […] Read More..

Unlock the Secret to the Perfect Salad with Soil Sprouts

As the weather gets colder and seasonal produce only means root vegetables, we begin to dream about fresh greens and colorful salads. Without a greenhouse or expensive equipment, it’s hard to imagine a reality in which you can have fresh and local greens every day. Luckily, Peter Burke has a method: in his book Year-Round Indoor […] Read More..
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