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Getting Started in Permaculture: 54 Projects for Home and Garden

Getting Started in Permaculture: 54 Projects for Home and Garden

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By (author) Ross Mars, By (author) Jenny Mars

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  • Publisher: Permanent Publications
  • Format: Paperback | 104 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 208mm x 8mm | 200g
  • Publication date: 17 October 2007
  • ISBN 10: 185623035X
  • ISBN 13: 9781856230353
  • Illustrations note: 14 colour photos, 117 line drawings
  • Sales rank: 18,435

Product description

Permaculture experts Ross and Jenny Mars outline the steps to transform your garden into a productive living system. Modeled upon the development of Candlelight Farm, and illustrated with photographs, this guide encourages the reader to make positive steps towards reconciling human impact with nature - following the permaculture ideal. Permaculture is based on the ethics of caring for people and our planet. It is about growing your own healthy food, being resourceful and environmentally responsible. Permaculture concepts and ideas can be applied successfully from small suburban units to large farming properties. Getting Started in Permaculture delivers step-by-step knowledge for a variety of useful projects including: making herb fertilizers, compost, organic sprays for pest control, and much, much more. It also includes how to recycle your soft drink bottles, waste paper, and tires in a number of useful projects such as ponds, fruit fly traps, retailing walls, and solar stills. As part of Permanent Publications Simple Living Series, this practical and accessible guide for gardeners of all skill levels serves as an ideal introduction to the world of permaculture.

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Author information

Ross Mars is an experienced permaculture teacher, designer and consultant. He is a qualified high school teacher and has been actively involved in permaculture education in schools. He is the author of the well known text The Basics of Permaculture Design and has also produced an educational video on energy efficient housing called Passive Solar Design of Buildings. Jennifer Mars is well known in Western Australia as a permaculture educator. She is a primary school teacher who has contributed to the promotion of permaculture and sustainable living in both urban and rural areas. Jenny and Ross Mars are in the process of developing their property in Hovea as a permaculture demonstration site.

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By Ronan Mac Loughlin 17 Apr 2009 5

Initially I was put off by the thought that this was going to be a little bitty book with only a few projects of any use to me in it.....not the case.

This is an excellent little book and having reviewed and tried some of the projects in it, I was only sorry that I had not bought it earlier.

It certainly is not the only Permaculture book that you are ever going to buy, but it is definately a must have reference for anyone vaguely interested in this facinating area. Perhaps this is where my only form of a criticism comes in. Some of the projects are introduced with just enough information to get you up and running, little more. That said however, if you are really keen on completing any of these projects, you will now have the idea and will be able to research more on websites such as instructables.com et cetera.

To list some (not all) of the projects/areas covered (because I couldnt find them elsewhere before I bought the book);


Recycling tyres (herb mounts, tyre ponds)
Recycling plastic bottles (insect traps)
Organic pest control
Sheet Mulching
Making compost
Natural liquid fertilisers
Earthworm farm
Hothouses
Shadehouses
Animal tractors
Environmentally responsible living
Haybox cooker
Determining levels
Propagating plants
Bird attracting projects

All in all........a lot of information for only a little outlay.

Well recommended.