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  Gaia's Garden - A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture   The laziest gardening of all - letting Mother Nature do the work. I'm so impressed with this book that I've listed it under 3 categories to be sure you don't miss it.

Gaia's Garden - A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture - Toby Hemenway - 2001

Back Cover:
   Welcome to Paradise!
   Imagine a garden filled with edible flowers, bursting with fruit and berries, carpeted with scented herbs and tangy salad greens, all blended in an eye-catching palette of color and texture. The flowers also nurture endangered pollinators. Bright-feathered birds share the abundant berries and gather twigs for their nearby nests. Each plant plays a role in building soil, deterring pests, storing nutrients, and luring beneficial insects.
This is not a dream. This is your own backyard.
   Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture describes a gardening system that combines the best features of wildlife habitat, edible landscapes, and conventional flower and vegetable gardens into a self-renewing landscape that lets nature do most of the work. Rather than mastering your garden with gas-spewing rototillers and chemical fertilizers, let Toby Hemenway show you how to create a backyard ecosystem that balances the needs of humans and nature.

"Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture outlines a revolutionary course for the future of gardening and agriculture. It is organized around the premise that it is possible to substitute information and human stewardship for hardware, capital, chemicals, and machines in the growing of foods and the crafting of landscapes." John Todd, founder of the New Alchemy Institute, from the Foreword.

more info:  USA:  Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale...

Europe:  Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale...

         
 

Gardening Without Work

  Gardening Without Work: For the Aging, the Busy and the Indolent - Ruth Stout - 1998

more info:  USA:  Gardening Without Work : For the Aging,...

Europe:  Gardening Without Work : For the Aging,...

Other Ruth Stout Books:

  • Don't Forget to Smile or How to Stay Sane and fit over Ninety - 2002 (Not Yet Published)
  • The Ruth Stout No-Work Garden Book (used only)
  • How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back: A New Method of Mulch Gardening (used only)
  • I've Always Done It My Way (used only)
  • Ruth Stout's Garden (23 min. VHS Video)  Ruth was 92 years old when it was made. She is delightful.
    Buy at gardenworks or Plants of the Southwest
 
       

 

 
    How to Grow More Vegetables   How to Grow More Vegetables: Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops* - John Jeavons - 2002

Back Cover:
*Than You Every Thought Possible On Less Land Than You Can Imagine

Now published in 7 different languages and used in 108 countries - this is the book that has helped revolutionize food production around the globe. Based on Biointensive gardening techniques developed by horticulturalist Alan Chadwick, How to Grow More Vegetables details the farming method which can result in 800 square feet or less providing a family of four with fresh vegetables - produced organically while maintaining soil nutrients for future crops, with a minimum of water and daily care needed - for an entire year. This revision contains completely updated and expanded material throughout, as well as new chapters on soil sustainability and a perspective into the future of farming.

more info:  USA:  How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits,...

Europe:  How to Grow More Vegetables : And...

 
           
    Lasagna Gardening   Lasagna Gardening: A New Layering System for Bountiful Gardens" No Digging, No Tilling, No Weeding, No Kidding! - Patricia Lanza, Elayne Sears - 1999

Back Cover:
Lasagna gardening is a unique and environmentally friendly method that employs layering mulch materials such as old newspapers, fallen leaves, and grass clippings to provide a nutrient-dense base for healthy gardens. It is a time-saving technique that works. Gardener extraordinaire Lanza offers her tips and specific lasagna gardening procedures for the most popular vegetables, flowers, herbs, fruits, and more-all without digging and tilling! Lasagna Gardening will increase the gardener's bounty and leisure time and decrease environmental waste

more info:  USA:  Lasagna Gardening : A New Layering...

Europe:  Lasagna Gardening : A New Layering...

 
           
    Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces: A Layering System...   Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces: A Layering System for Big Results in Small Gardens and Containers: Garden in Inches, Not Acres - Patricia Lanza - 2002

more info:  USA:   Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces : A...

Europe:  Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces : A...

 
           
    The Postage Stamp Garden Book   The Postage Stamp Garden Book - Duane G. Newcomb, Karen Newcomb - 1999

Back Cover:
A postage stamp garden is a small area that can produce a bounty of herbs and vegetables. Many gardeners complain that they are short on both time and garden space. The Postage Stamp Garden Book solves both of these problems. The instructions in this book clearly demonstrate how anyone can produce tremendous amounts of vegetables in small spaces (using containers as well as ground gardens) by following intensive, ecologically friendly techniques that require much less weeding, watering, and overall effort.

more info:  USA:  The Postage Stamp Garden Book : Grow...

Europe:  The Postage Stamp Garden Book : Grow...

 
           
    Square Foot Gardening   Square Foot Gardening - Mel Bartholomew - 1981

more info:  USA:  Square Foot Gardening

Europe:  Square Foot Gardening

A Classic.

 
           
The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide... The Sustainable Vegetable Garden: A Backyard Guide to Healthy Soil and Higher Yields - John Jeavons, Carol Cox - 1999

more info:  USA:  The Sustainable Vegetable Garden : A...

Europe:  The Sustainable Vegetable Garden

 
 
Weedless Gardening Weedless Gardening - Lee Reich, Michael A. Hill - 2001

more info:  USA:  Weedless Gardening

Europe:  Weedless Gardening

 
           
    White Trash Gardening   White Trash Gardening - Rufus T. Firefly, Mike Benton - 1996 (out-of-print available used only)
 

Hilarious and fun with good organic advice- No job should take longer than a six pack. How to use pickup trucks as groundcover

more info: White Trash Gardening