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In “Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist”, Michael Judd presents a fun-filled how-to manual for new and experienced gardeners who want to create landscapes that are in harmony with nature and provide a supply of food.
This is the permaculture book I would have wanted to write. I’ve been addicted to gardening, homesteading, natural living, and permaculture books for the last 20 years and I’ve seen pretty much every project and gardening method that’s been invented. Its exciting when someone publishes a fresh take on things. This is a creative, fun-filled book packed with practical permaculture projects.
Michael Judd’s take on permaculture:
Permaculture combines gardening, natural building, forestry, animal husbandry, alternative technology, social dynamics, economics, and much more into a holistic design for human habitats. It’s a design system for ecological and sustainable living, integrating plants, animals, buildings, people, and communities.
Growing Specialty Mushrooms
Michael Judd and I have the same philosophy – build a garden that takes care of itself and spend more “time in the hammock”. He also advocates following natural patterns and cycling resources. The book includes actual projects he has completed through homesteading on his own as well as his experiences running an edible landscaping business.
The book contains detailed plans and lots of inspiration. One of the awesome thing about these projects is they can be built in the suburbs or on larger rural properties.
Some of the ideas that I’m going to incorporate into my yard next summer include hugelkultur and growing shiitake mushrooms.
Here is his take on hugelkultur:
Hugel kultur roughly translates from German to mean: mound culture. Its an ancient practice of creating raised garden beds by covering wood with soil. As the hugel bed materials decompose they provide nutrients for plants.
He goes on to say what’s great about hugelkultur: enables amazing water retention, warms the soil, builds soil fertility, creates micro-climates, recycles organic matter on site, means less bending over for harvesting and maintenance, and it cleans your yard up in style.
Michael then tell us the steps for building a hugelkultur mound including: how to pick a site (on a slope to harvest rainwater); gather materials including logs, sod, compost, leaves, top soil, straw; layer the debris – larger materials on the bottom; stuff the gaps with leaves, etc; cover with soil then mulch with straw; then plant – berries love hugelcultur.
This book was obviously a labor of love for Michael Judd and includes his favorite projects and the wisdom of his personal experiences. Filled with detailed instruction, drawings, and photos, this is a book that makes permaculture accessible to everyone no matter how big their yard or how small their budget. All it takes is imagination and a desire to acquire dirt under one’s fingernails.