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Paradise Lot Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City

ISBN-10: 1603583998
ISBN-13: 9781603583992
Edition: 2013
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Description: When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to  More...

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Book details

List price: $19.95
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 1/25/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa-all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden-intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression-also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms.In telling the story ofParadise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden,Paradise Lotis also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed.

Eric Toensmeier has studied and practiced permaculture since 1990. He is the author of Perennial Vegetables and coauthor of Edible Forest Gardens with Dave Jacke. Toensmeier has worked as a small-farm trainer at the New England Small Farm Institute, has managed the Tierra de Oportunidades new farmer program of Nuestras Raices, and is a graduate and former faculty member of the Institute for Social Ecology in Plainfield, Vermont. His current interest is in large-scale permaculture farming as a carbon-sequestering solution to climate change. Toensmeier's writing, consulting, and teaching business is based at www.perennialsolutions.org , where he posts his latest articles and videos. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Jonathan Bates owns Food Forest Farm Permaculture Nursery ( permaculturenursery.com ), a nursery specializing in educational services and useful/edible plant sales. He's been studying, creating, and working with rural and urban gardens in the Connecticut River Valley for over a decade. With a bachelors degree in biology, and MA in social ecology from the Institute for Social Ecology, Jonathan loves wild crafting with friends, and working with folks to better the world we live in. He cofounded and is a board member of the Apios Institute, is a teacher at the Yestermorrow Design/Build School, and is a farmer with Nuestras Raices, Inc. He lives in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

Sleep (2000-2004)
Germination
Starting a Seed Company and Gaining a Gardening Comrade
Seeds of Paradise
Let's Get a Place
Gardening Behind the Tofu Curtain
Reproducing Eden
Sun, Shade, Soil, Slope
A Model Ecosystem...Behind Kmart
Guild-Build
Creep (2004-2007)
It Takes a Village to Plant a Food Forest
Tacky Tropicalesque Takes Off
The Edible Water Garden
Urban Farming is My Day Job
Magic in the Garden
The Greenhouse: Getting Serious
Perennial Vegetable Spring
Broccolitas Forever!
Putting Down Roots and a Parakeet Visit
Meanwhile Back at the Farm
Build It and They Will Come
A Movement Germinates
Leap (2007-2009)
Excess Success
Turning Weeds into Eggs
Grazing Berries
Secrets of Resilience
Fruits and Nuts
A Nourishing Nectary Neighborhood
Food Forest Farm Is Born
Patterns of Nitrogen Fixation
Groundcover Carpets
The Garden's Impact Beyond the Fence Line
Reap (2009-2012)
Emergent Property
Living in Paradise
Guiding Succession
Imagine Self-Renewing Abundance
Indigenous Management Inspiration
Next-Generation Polycultures
Checking Back in After Eight Seasons
Permaculture Greenhouse Realized
What's Still on the List?
Epilogue
Acknowledgments
Design Plan and Field Sketches
Plant Species by Layer
Recommended Resources
Index

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