Gaia’s Garden

​Title: Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

Author: Toby Hemenway

Published: 2009

Gaia's Garden is a modern permaculture classic.  Focused on growing diverse and dynamic gardens in small areas, this book is a perfect guide for homeowners in urban, suburban, and rural areas.

Toby Hemenway worked in the biotech industry before becoming disillusioned with the direction the industry was going.  He discovered permaculture and immediately began making waves with his vivid and practical ideas for creating backyard ecosystems.

What's in Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture?

In Gaia's Garden, Hemenway champions the permaculture idea of working with nature instead of against it.  He provides practical methods for urban and suburban homeowners to apply this principal in their own yards and gardens. 

You'll find an abundance of information about soil health and fertility, beneficial insects and pollinators, and intensively diverse plantings.  There is a lot of information about rainwater harvesting.  And this is a great reference if you're interested in forest gardens.

Gaia's Garden illustrated by photo of a permaculture garden

Photo credit: hardworkinghippy via / CC BY-SA

​The new edition was revised and updated in 2009 to add a new chapter specifically about urban permaculture.  This chapter is full of valuable information to help people who are limited to growing in very small spaces.  Gaia's Garden shows you how to put the principles of permaculture to work in any size yard or garden.

Permaculture is all about diversity, and Hemenway embraces this principal at its core.  He shows how to create beautiful, productive, and rewarding gardens by encouraging diversity at every level from the soil to the tree canopy above.

Summary - Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture

​Anyone who is interested in growing a healthier, more diverse, and more productive garden will benefit from the information contained in Gaia's Garden.  And if you're growing in an urban or suburban setting, this book is irreplaceable.  It may be the best book about urban permaculture ever written.