The Christian Science Monitor just published a rundown of their favorite books for gardeners kicking back in the off-season. It was a good year for gardening books, and Toby Hemenway’s Gaia’s Garden, Second Edition: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture made the list.
“Gaia’s Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture” second edition, by Toby Hemenway (Chelsea Green, 2009). This book explores ways to create energy-efficient designs by making good use of sun, wind, vegetation and land contours in urban and country settings. The term permaculture refers to creating sustainable landscapes, homes and workplaces based on ecological principles. It clearly and concisely covers most aspects of environmentally friendly horticultural design, including energy analyses, design process, water use, wildlife and plant use. Paperback, 313 pages. $29.95