I read it earlier this year, and didn't find too much of use to me. if you're thinking of making a bioshelter, then it may be useful, but I would agree with the suggestion to get it from a library. That way, if you decide that you want your own copy later, you know that you won't have wasted your money. Deano
Lincolnshire Wolds. England. Anaerobic clay, on a SSW facing slope.
posted 8 years ago
I read it...but did not find it that useful in learning the principles of permaculture. It was helpful as far as building a bioshelter. It is for those who have a moderate size food production business. http://mystustainableliving.net
I read it and enjoyed it very much. Everyone's permaculture journey is different. While I may not be setting up a market garden, I learned about plants that will grow where I live as opposed to California or the Pacific northwest. I learned that maybe there is room for other endeavors, like raising aquaculture in the same market as Darrell's. I learned about water management, thermal water barrels, and that asphalt roofing is a bad idea if you are gardening with the water runoff. Seriously, that alone was worth it. I was just about to dig trenches to harvest rainwater in the garden. As my shingles deteriorate, they are leeching off zinc. I knew something was up because I use roof water for my natural dye baths. I dye wool yarn. The colors were changing. I didn't know why because sometimes the weather affects plant dyes. Anyway, I also now have a recipe for preserving natural wood instead of resorting to pressure treated lumber. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the book. Darrell is a good writer. I hope others take time to enjoy it.
I asked the good folks at my co-op to carry the book. Amazon doesn't need my money. They have enough. My library system also carries Bioshelter Market Garden: A Permaculture Farm. I hope to catch one of Darrell's lectures at the Mother Earth News Fair.
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