Nicole Alderman wrote:The permaculture books that I refer to most are Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenwayand The Farmer's Handbook.
I like Gaia's Garden for the overall design ideas and overarching themes. The Farmer's Handbook is awesome for permaculture tricks, like making leaf pots and air nurseries and really understandable instructions for grafting, propagating plants, managing a compost pile, and making liquid manure. Since the Farmer's Handbook was written for farmers in the Himalayans, not everything applies to my climate, but everything is aimed for doing without spending much or any money. I love that, as I don't have much money!
Aside from those specifically permaculture books, I refer to Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre Paperback by Brett L. Markham a lot for knoweldge about amendments and mineral deficiencies, as well as growing tips (he's not particuarly Permaculture, but focuses more on Square Foot Gardening techniques). I also refer to webpage for growing tips and planting schedules specific to my region.
Thank you for mentioning that! It's mentioned in the Permies article I wrote on it the Farmer's Handbook linked to, but it's really good to state it out in the open. I love how all those practical, helpful, affordable permaculture techniques are FREE!
Todd Parr wrote:
The Farmers' Handbook is available free from the author here:Farmers' Handbook