Maybe you’ve heard about Permaculture, but you’re not really sure what it is. Or perhaps the words Edible Landscaping make you drool, but you don’t know how to start creating one. The book Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist by Michael Judd is a user-friendly, project packed introduction to these topics that will leave you inspired to create your own edible backyard!
Chapters focus on subjects including:
- Herb Spiral, The Ultimate Raised Bed
- Fungi!! Growing Specialty Mushrooms
- Hugelkultur, Mounds of Fertility
- Earthen Ovens
My own family has been creating Permaculture systems here on our homestead. For instance, we’ve begun to experiment with building swales and mounds to retain and utilize water, and have planted the beginnings of a food forest. In fact, before we even had a house to live in, we had already planted over 20 fruit tree cultivars and 100 native edible trees and shrubs.
However, I still feel like we’re years away from the type of lush, dense edible landscape that I envision. Partly, this is a practical matter – trees take a long time to produce fruit! But partly it’s because creating a food forest can feel overwhelming.
That’s why I really appreciated the chapter Food Forest. Judd walks the reader through the process of starting a food forest from scratch, step by step. I appreciated how he uses many visuals that illustrate his techniques – both graphics and photos. He even walks us through the technique of creating “guilds,” or companion plantings for fruit trees, including a number of suggestions of which plants to select as companions. This spring, I plan to start as many insectary and pollinator plants as possible from seed, and secure some comfrey roots from my neighbors!
I also loved Judd’s passion for Uncommon Fruits. I am also a huge fan of many of the same fruits he describes – Persimmons, Mulberries, Hardy Kiwi. We have planted dozens of mulberries, native plums, persimmons, and paw paws on our land, and hope that years from now they will be giving us delicious fruit. Each uncommon fruit is described, and basic growing techniques covered. I guarantee that this chapter will make you want to order some fruit trees!
If you’re interested in learning more about Edible Landscaping or Permaculture, this book is a great introduction.
And I’m happy to share that I have TWO signed copies to giveaway on my blog! Simply enter with the Rafflecopter widget below. The fine print: the giveaway will begin on November 2 at 12am Central, and will end on November 4 at 12 am Central. Because I’m paying shipping, I’d appreciate US entries only. The winner will be notified by email and will have 24 hours to respond before I select a new winner. Thank you!
Congratulations to our winners: Janette N. and Kim S. Please check your email!