Ecological & Edible Gardening Booklist

Over the past few years, I have read all of the following and recommend them highly:

The Permaculture Garden by Graham Bell
The Natural Way of Farming: The Theory and Practice of Green Philosophy by Masanobu Fukuoka
The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka
Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape by Robert A. de J. Hart
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture by Toby Hemenway
Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements by Bill Mollison & David Holmgren

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture
Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture by Bill Mollison
Earth User's Guide to Permaculture by Rosemary Morrow
How to Make a Forest Garden by Patrick Whitefield
Permaculture in a Nutshell by Patrick Whitefield

More recommended books on the subject:
Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability by David Holmgren
Cornucopia II: A Source Book of Edible Plants by Stephen Facciola
Plants for a Future: Edible and Useful Plants for a Healthier World by Ken Fern
Living Community by Ben HAggard
How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Thanm You Can Imagine by John Jeavons
Designing and Maintaining Your Edible Landscape - Naturally by Robert Kourik
An Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison
Permaculture: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison
Noah's Garden: Restoring the Ecology of Our Own Back Yards by Sara Stein
The Future Is Abundant by Tilth

Additional reading on (mostly) edible gardening in Florida - again I have read and vouch for all of these:
Florida Gardening: The Newcomer's Survival Manual by Monica Moran Brandies (and anything else she has written, but not all are on edibles)
Herbs in South Florida: Growing and Using Herbs in Palm Beach County by The Evening Herb Society of the Palm Beaches
Florida Home Grown 2: The Edible Landscape by Tom MacCubbin
You Can Grow Tropical Fruit Trees by Robert Mohlenbrock
Manual of Minor Vegetables by James M. Stephens
Growing and Using Exotic Foods: Living Off the Land with Marian Van Atta
Living Off the Land: A Handbook for Living in the Subtropics by Marian Van Atta
Wild Edibles: Identification for Living Off the Land by Marian Van Atta (and anything else she has written)
The Complete Kitchen Garden: The Art of Designing and Planting an Edible Garden by Patrick Bowe
Movable Harvests: The Simplicity and Bounty of Container Gardens by Chuck and Barbara Crandall
The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping: Home Landscaping with Food-Bearing Plants and Resource-Saving Techniques by Rosalind Creasy (and anything else she has written)
The Organic Salad Garden by Joy Larkcom (and anything else she has written)
New Kitchen Garden, The: A Complete Practical Guide to Designing, Planting, and Cultivationg a Decorative and Productive Garden by Anna Pavord
Fruit, Berry and Nut Inventory: An Inventory of Nursery Catalogs Listing All Fruit, Berry and Nut Varieties Available by Mail Order in the U.S. 3rd Ed by Kent Whealy
Garden Seed Inventory: An Inventory of Seed Catalogs Listing All Non-Hybrid Vegetable Seeds Available by Mail Order in the U.S. and Canada 5th Edition by Kent Whealy
Lasagna Gardening by Patricia Lanza
Lasagna Gardening for Small Spaces: A Layering System for Big Results in Small Gardens and Containers by Patricia Lanza
Warm-Climate Gardening: Tips, Techniques, Plans, Projects for Humid or Dry Conditions by Barbara Pleasant
Sunflower Houses: Garden Discoveries for Children of All Ages by Sharon Lovejoy
Hollyhock Days: Garden Adventures for the Young at Heart by Sharon Lovejoy
Evening Garden, The: Flowers and Fragrance from Dusk Till Dawn by Peter Loewer

Permaculture Activist PO Box 1209, Black Mountain, NC  28711
Permaculture Magazine contact Permaculture Activist for this magazine from England

Note: Some of the books listed may not be available new or even at your local library.  If that is the case, try the Interlibrary Loan department at your library, or go to the used-book sites on the Internet and look for them there. (,, - check out the "new and used" listings,


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