{Giveaway} Edible Landscaping With A Permaculture Twist

I can’t explain how much I love this book.

Edible Landscaping

The author, Michael Judd, sent me a copy and asked me to take a look at it. This kind of thing happens with some regularity, so I have this huge stack of books that are already in my “read and review” pile. I know if you’re a nerd like me, this sounds like the best possible problem in the world, but the truth is I feel terrible about just not having the time to tell the world about every book that comes over my desk.

So now I try to set realistic expectations when people tell me they want to send me a book. ”I have kind of a long list of books to review, but sure, send it to me. No promises,” I told Michael.

What arrived was the best Permaculture book for true beginners I’ve yet seen. Edible Landscaping With A Permaculture Twist isn’t a definitive guide to permaculture. It doesn’t get poetic about the philosophy of multi-systems care that underlies a Permaculture system. It does not ask you to draw a complex schematic of your home topography before you take shovel to soil.

Instead, it provides clear, actionable techniques that you can use to bring some easy-care Permaculture style into your garden. You know how sometimes authors tell you too much and then you get kinda intimidated and don’t know where to begin? This happens a lot in Permaculture writing because Permaculture includes, like, everything. All the things get balanced and thoughtfully considered in a thriving Permaculture design.

How do you narrow “everything” down into something a beginner can really grok? How do you boil the the complexity of system-stacking and layering and watershed-style irrigation management and cooperative plant guild design and more into something that makes a beginner say, “hey, that looks fun! I can do that!”

This book has done it.

Edible Landcaping

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist managed to demystify things that have left me confused for years – like how and why to build swales on the contour of your ground and the big picture overview of what to stick together for a happy fruit tree guild.

For the Permacurious beginner like me, a giant table full of every possible nitrogen fixing shrub doesn’t actually help me to understand how to create my own successful guilds. A picture, a basic “recipe” and a list of a few proven guild companions to start with is just right.

Edible Landcaping

This book is full of cheerfully presented but dead-useful advice, illustrations and photos that really help to clarify key Permaculture techniques and make that system of garden design seem eminently do-able at any scale. I really feel like Michael has managed to strip out everything that didn’t need to be in a practical Permaculture primer and capture everything that did.

I am currently planning to rework the perimeter beds around my patch of lawn (soon to be eco-lawn!) into something a little more food-foresty. The chapter on Uncommon Fruits has been so helpful – I feel like someone else has given me the cheat sheet of what to plant.

Edible Landcaping

So, all in all, a great introduction to Permaculture techniques that will be especially useful to the beginning Permaculturist and folks (like me) who prefer a hands-on approach to learning and just want to jump in and see what happens.

This book will give you the info you need to jump into Permaculture successfully without bogging you down in details you probably don’t need to worry about yet (when it comes time to select that perfect nitrogen fixing shrub, the entire internet is there for you).

Edible Landcaping

Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist has a fun, you-can-do-this tone and the book itself is of good production quality, with full-color printed, gloss pages throughout. The fact that there are periodic cocktail recipes in the book doesn’t hurt my estimation of it, either.

Highly recommended.

To give you an idea of what’s covered the book, it’s  a easy-reading 143 pages long and covers herb spirals, rainwater harvesting, swales and rain gardens, growing specialty mushrooms, food forests, uncommon fruits, fruit tree care and pruning, grafting, hugelkultur, earthen ovens, how to make cob bricks, and a few thoughts on creating high-margin products from your edible landscape to make a homestead life more financially feasible.

Edible Landcaping

Giveaway!

Michael, the author, is offering up three free copies of his book to readers of NW Edible. To enter to win, go like the Edible Landscaping with A Permaculture Twist page on Facebook (they post all kinds of good info on useful plants).

Then, come back here and comment on this post. Tell me what you’re most interested to learn about edible landscaping or permaculture and confirm that you like the Edible Landscaping page on Facebook. If you hate Facebook and are a social media conscientious objector, that’s fine too, just let me know.

Fine print: Open to US residents only due to shipping costs. One entry per person, additional entires will be disqualified. Three winners will be chosen. Each winner will receive one copy of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. Contest open until Wednesday, March 12th, 8 PM PST. Winners will be emailed and will have 24 hours to respond to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen.

Purchase

If you are not a giveaway winner but want to get your hands on a copy of Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist, it’s available on Amazon (check out those reviews! I’m not the only one who loves this book!) or directly from the author. If you buy from Michael, he’ll sign your copy of the book and you’ll get the warm fuzzies of knowing more of your money is going directly to the work’s creator. 

All images except cover shot courtesy Michael Judd, used with permission.

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Comments

  1. I will be taking out my lawn this summer and would live some ideas with edible shrines and plants. Thanks so much for a chance to get your book
    Teresa

  2. Tiffany McLeod says:

    Yep, liked the Facebook Page. Looking forward to reading the whole book.

  3. This is the kind of book I need. Not 100% permaculature, but just a bit to help. Liked them on FB.

  4. Jennifer J. says:

    I liked the book on Facebook based on your review alone, which is saying a lot! I’ve got a handful of Permaculture books on my shelves but have yet to implement many of the concepts on my small urban lot due to the same OVERWHELM and information overload you describe. I’d love to win this book, but if I don’t, I’ll be buying it from Michael.

  5. anne warjone bridgeland says:

    this book sounds like exactly what I need. I have been amassing materials (rotten) for a Hugelkulture bed, but am totally overwhelmed. I love the photos, especially of the spiral for herbs. Charming. I have just purchased Mason Bees, and wouldn’t they love to explore that spiral? Love your blog, take your recommendation seriously. Will buy this book, and if you gift me one, I will share with my compatriots who also have kids and gardens in our neighborhood. :-)

  6. I liked the book on facebook. That herb spiral is genius. I have been wanting to do an herb spiral but have been worried about critters and deer. I’m thinking a raised/stacked herb spiral – well genius. Love the idea of implent-able permaculture. My strategy so far this year has to just been to put stuff in the ground and hope it makes it, so I could definitely use some help.

  7. Following an addition to my house, my yard is overdue for a re-org
    This book looks like it could be a great source of inspiration

  8. I took out my front lawn last year in favor of garden space. Right now we are mostly annuals, but I want to incorporate more permaculture ideas, add perennials, get some food forests going. I have the book Gaia’s Garden, but I’ve only made it halfway through – I need an easier way to get started! And I liked them on facebook!

  9. You just keep adding to my reading list! :) I’m turning my PNW yard into an edible garden bit by bit, and any help I get! (liked on FB)

  10. Kate Stinson says:

    Somehow I get stalled out in the planning with permaculture, pondering companion plantings and food forests while the chickens broke in and destroyed the broccoli and greens. We have a gunny sack full of oyster shells from our wedding, waiting in the wings for my last permaculture attempt. So this book makes it all seem so attainable, and they even have a fb page for dialogue. (And pictures. Speaking of accessible. I love pictures.) I’m all atwitter, wanting to read the whole book and to march outside right now and get going.

  11. I can’t like FB stuff while at work, but I will when I get home. We have a new house and are getting ready to garden scape. I love the idea of mixing veggies, flowers, shrubs and fruit trees all around. This book looks lovely!

  12. I am totally a learn by trial kind of woman! This book looks fantastic and I need ideas on how to change my AZ dust yard into something enjoyable. The trend here is just cover the dirt with rock, but I like more green in my environment.

  13. Oh, this is wonderful! My Gaia’s Garden book is always on loan to some friend I’m converting to horticulture, comes back just long enough to read again before someone else wants it- it sounds like this one will be the same!
    (and yes, I liked the FB page of course)

  14. I own several permaculture books and it is exactly as you say. Too much info creates a kind of paralysis. I am very interested in creating swales to water a blueberry patch I have envisioned. I’ve liked the page on Facebook and if I don’t win will probably by it myself (or ask for it for my birthday). Even if i do win, i will most likely buy another copy for our kid’s school since they are doing a permaculture garden. Can’t wait to get my hands on it either way!

  15. Liked the page and can’t wait to get a copy!! (Hoping to win one if I can!). I just started slowly transforming my yard to edible, and I’d love to do in in a Permie way if I can! So much to learn, I could use LOTS of hand-holding and this book sounds like just the ticket!
    Thanks to both of you!
    (me me me!! pick me!)

  16. I would love this book! I keep trying to describe how I want my lawn to be edible but also fun and still beautiful. This book seems like the perfect thing to get me started on my way. I liked the page on facebook and I can’t wait to get more information!

  17. Argh!! My suburbia lawn can be so much more!! I look out at my backyard and want to change the whole thing. Seems like such a waste of good area. I also want to bring my neighborhood together using permaculture. (The cul de sac round as a community garden for all our little kids?!)

    How do I do this? Where do I begin?? I’ve liked the edible landscaping FB Page… Hoping to get lots of tips from that as well!

  18. Oooh this looks great…I liked it on FB and I’m most excited to even know where to start with my little patch of Seattle lawn. I have never successfully grown anything, and I know generally what permaculture is but it definitely seems overwhelming to know where to begin! Especially in a very small space. I actually just walked around Seattle Tilth last week taking pictures of their informational signs. This would be so helpful! :)

  19. My husband & I recently purchased 4.5 acres in Oregon. It is our dream to work the land and reap the benefits in an ecologically sound and sustainable way. We have always been interested in the permaculture concept and would like to put it into practice. This book look amazing! Just found the Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist vis page your FB page (and “liked” it). Looking forward to all the great tips! (and would certainly love to win this contest!)

  20. Jeanne Murray says:

    I’m a newbie to permaculture but am determined to make it all work! Would love to have this book.

  21. Gina Baker says:

    I already try to do a little bit of edible landscaping with strawberries and blueberries in the flower beds around the house. I would love to learn more! And I liked their FB page. Lots of interesting ideas to try!

  22. Deborra Sanders says:

    I love the descriptions of individual plants on the facebook page. I look forward to getting regular updates.

  23. Some of the things I’m interested in: permaculture water features. And more on perennial vegetables and how to use them in a way my family will like. :-)

  24. Amy Lambert says:

    liked the page on facebook. Permaculture always sounds good until i start to wonder how a scorching Oklahoma summer will affect results. Plus, old joints can’t get on the ground any more. I’m looking for things that require less bending and less water.

  25. I’d love to get my mits on this book! I want to know how to take the design principles of permaculture and apply them to something like a backyard in a beautiful way that looks inviting and yet is productive.

  26. nick brady says:

    noooooooooo….. Canada left out of another give-away! oh well…. still looks like an awesome twist on an already awesome book!

  27. I liked the Facebook page & can’t wait to read more! I am planning a fruit orchard and would like to learn more about what to plant together. It hadn’t even occurred to me that there would be more to know than just what pollinates what. The book looks beautiful and I want to know how to build that oven!!

  28. This books sounds perfect, as I dig into gardening with a whole new level of commitment, from bees to brussel sprouts…but the part in the review I resonated with: for true beginners. Why? I’ve been gardening since grad school to one degree and another, but I always, always, every spring feel like a beginner. The upside is I always always learn so much. Thanks for your blog!

  29. Caroline McKeown says:

    I have a bunch of edible landscaping in the backyard, but I want to get better ideas of how to incorporate it into the front yard while keeping my “curb appeal” and fitting in with the 1920s era house style of my bungalow and my neighborhood. Right now I have lots of herbs (rosemary and lavender mostly) and a lovely fig tree, but definitely want to put more edibles into the front landscape – this book would be great for that. Thanks for the heads up about their facebook page (I am a liker and follower now!), getting photos like that in my feed is exactly what I need!

  30. Mary Jolley says:

    Sounds great! Trying to convert a sloped glacial till lot in w. Washington into an edible but attractive garden. This will help!

  31. Angie W says:

    I liked the page on Facebook. I’m really interested in learning more about permaculture in general. My parents have a house with 5 acres and they are starting to think about what they want to do with it. We’ve been discussing ideas, and I’ve been researching permaculture a little bit. However, it’s so confusing what to do, so this book looks perfect for newbies!

  32. Would love to win this book! I want to build/start a food forest and could really use some straight forward advice. Also liked the edible landscaping Facebook page, thanks for sharing this!

  33. Gayle Parrish says:

    That is a nice Facebook page, also and I’m glad to “like” it. I enjoyed the link on it to the Arizona couple who converted their old swimming pool to a greenhouse/fish pond/chicken coop too. I’ve been interested in permaculture for years but it’s hard to know where to start. This book looks like a great “way in” to a better design, especially the herb spirals and fruit tree guilds. Thanks for posting this.

  34. Linda Lemco says:

    I am new to the Permaculture world. So I need ideas and directions so I don’t get lost. I went to the facebook page and liked it, and spent an hour just reading the articles and looking at the pictures.

  35. Rosemeri says:

    I have become very interested in learning more about permaculture gardening because I live in a high desert area and water is a huge concern. This looks like it could work very well here. I also want to learn more about edible plants that would grow here. I have “liked” The Edible Landscaping FB page and it looks like a good place to start. Thanks for the info.

  36. Jeannie says:

    I liked them! I’m interested in hugelkultur right now. :)

  37. “Liked” and looking to start something new this spring!

  38. Veronica Duarte says:

    I went and liked the fb page… and then got distracted by all the post there! Glad you pointed us in that direction.
    It would be great if I could win a copy of the book. I have always been intrigued by permaculture but the books out there can be a bit overwhelming and I have been getting a bit discouraged and so I keep growing my food at the community garden plot dreaming of a better way… I also hope to share the knowledge with my brother who also believes strongly in edible landscaping, and my mother who passed on the love for all things green along with her green thumb gene to us.
    Again, thank you for bringing this book and the fb page to our attention!

  39. Julianna says:

    I want to build that herb spiral, just ’cause it is pretty! Liked their page as well!

  40. Cherise says:

    Liked the page on FB. Love the idea of putting the garden to use in the traditional subdivision I live in. Thanks for posting this.

  41. Heather Johnson says:

    I liked the Edible Permaculture page and I’m looking forward to learning more about fruiting trees and shrubs.

  42. HI! I LOVE your blog & am entering contest to win a free copy of the book: Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist. It’s so great to finally see a resource for newbies who are interested but easily overwhelmed. I also wish to share the book with two other friends: one who’s very focused on growing her own food and has been working on sustainable living and organic farming in northern CO for quite some time now, and another who recently moved to No. CO, is a young mom of three, is a first-time home owner, and is poised to start gardening and growing her own food. I think both would enjoy reading this book and are likely to benefit from the information in it. Keep your great blogs coming – happy gardening :)

  43. Debbie D. says:

    I have liked Edible Landscaping facebook page and look forward to their posts. My husband won’t give me any more lawn for my garden (and I think we have enough that I could have much more LOL), so if I could learn to utilize more of the flower beds, that would be great!

  44. Marilee Reyes says:

    What a great idea; permaculture made simple … sort of. At least simple enough that I won’t feel buried with data. Would love to win it, but if not in the cards for me, at least you’ve directed us to that terrific website. After entering the giveaway I’m heading back there to devour it. Thanks so much for the opportunity.

  45. “Liked” it, and once again you have shown me a new resource. I’m very permacurious, I even signed up for the Bullock Brothers Homestead intro course in a few months, can’t wait! My yard is on its way to more food, less grass. I’d love to win this book, but if not, I’ll buy it anyway. Thanks for sharing.

  46. I am not on facebook but would love this book for some new easy ideas on permaculture.
    Thanks for posting.
    Carol

  47. Wow, even the facebook page is chock full of ideas. I would like to plant some fruit trees so that info would be most helpful.

  48. shana fairchild says:

    I love growing my own food! But I have a small space to work with… and a landlord that wants everything to look pretty.. so if I could learn to accomplish both of those it would be amazing!

  49. Jen Levine says:

    I liked the page and the book looks great. I’m interested in starting with herbs again, and trying some structure building.

  50. Crystal says:

    I liked their page. And I live the idea of a permaculture approach to landscaping! Perennials and fruit trees! Woot!

  51. Thanks for reviewing this book–I’d love to read it. I really need to learn about intro fruit tree guilds, but that oven pic is pretty awesome, too. I liked the FB page.

  52. I did indeed just like the page, and this book looks like a good one. I just ordered another permaculture primer because I am facing the daunting (and delicious) task of helping set up a whole garden from scratch for my father in law on his 40 acres, but this one looks more my speed!

  53. Julia B. says:

    I’d love to enter! Looks like a perfect book to help with my sad, sad backyard.

  54. Samantha M. says:

    Liked it on Facebook, looks like they give out lots of useful info so good to have it in my feed now. I would love a book that takes some of the work out of figuring out what combinations of plants to plant, like you are lot of permaculture books seem to drown you in information, and so while I’ve loved the idea of doing something with a permaculture base in my garden I have felt too intimidated. This book sounds perfect for that.

  55. Mindi Bruner says:

    Wow. This sounds like exactly the book I need. Totally new to permaculture and you’re right, its very daunting and I have no idea where to start. There’s almost too much information available.

  56. Ryan P. says:

    Im from CA where drought is a problem. I am currently responsible for taking care of my mother in-laws home with a huge yard of water sucking grass. I love working in my veggie garden. I want to know what i can do to cut down on water. If i have to get rid of grass i want something in its place. If i put something in its place i want something useful, something that looks nice, something we can all enjoy…… Something edible!!! Im a fan on FB but thats not really a learning website so a book would be ideal…

  57. Nickolina says:

    I just liked the page…I’d also like to actually DO some of the good ideas. I need easy.

  58. I am TOTALLY a “paralysis by analysis” type of person, and too much info is decidedly BAD for my productivity level. This book sounds perfect. I’d love to learn how to balance form and function in an area that is not traditionally a food-growing area – like the front foundation beds and entry of my house. I liked the ELWAPT page on FB! Thanks for the chance!

  59. Liked his page on FB!
    I’m in the process of redoing some of the “flower beds” the previous owner had done. I would love some fabulous ideas of making them edible, as that’s exactly what I planned on doing!

  60. I am so anxious to add more permaculture to my garden. The concept makes so much sense, but I seem to have a difficult time actually putting it into practice. I liked the Edible Landscaping page on FB, and hope for once that I win! Thanks!

  61. I live in British Columbia in the Vancouver suburbs. My home is one of the very few remaining on my street with trees. I have four on my lot and I refuse to cut them down. I want to start growing vegetables in my front yard under their canopy (this will really send my neighbours into a tizzy, lol); afer reading your review of this book I am inspired! Food forests? Mushrooms? Cocktail recipes? I’m in!!!

  62. I’m a P-Patch gardener with one tiny (100sf) plot, and I’m always struggling with what to plant together to help build healthy soil in such a small space. (Liked the book on FB-now going back to read more!)

  63. looking to add more color to my permaculture garden this summer, I’m sure FB will help with that

  64. Jessica Arney says:

    I went and liked the facebook page for Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist 

    I would like to know more about the edible landscaping and permaculture.

  65. Bethany Kirk says:

    I liked the edible landscaping with a permaculture twist page (love that you gave an option for facebook objectors, lol). I’m excited to learn about permaculture because it sounds lower maintenance than conventional gardening and I’m all about low maintenance.

  66. Hari Manit Singh Gordon Klammer says:

    I have liked the fb page for quite sometime.

    I would like to learn more about tree guilds and food forests in a more simple format.

    thank you for the giveaway opportunity!

  67. I’m not able to start a garden this spring as I’ll be moving the middle of May, transitioning back to graduate school for horticulture. So, in lieu of actually planting, I’m reading up on all sorts of gardening techniques and ideas. I live in the arid high plains of the west, and rain gardens and bioswales/native water retention plantings are becoming more and more common with the fluctuating rainfalls we’ve had in recent years. From what I’ve read about this book, it’d be an excellent resource for myself, the people who come to attend my various gardening-themed workshops I run, and friends who work for the city and are busy putting in these types of gardens in municipal parking lots and around buildings.

  68. I’ve liked the page on FB. Usually I would be loath to do that in order to enter a contest but that is a page that I think I would have clicked Like on no matter what. Our yard is definitely in need of some permaculture love in it. It is pretty sterile looking even with 8 raised beds and 5 chickens.

  69. Wonderful! I’m a permies fan and am looking to expand my perennials to include more edibles. With 2 kids in the house using computers a book really comes in handy .

  70. This looks like a great place to start for someone like me. After years of traveling I am finally settling down and have a blank slate of a yard to begin with. I liked the FB page, too.

  71. Oooh, I am really pleased to hear about this book and be following them on fb. I have read a lot of permaculture books (all with hopes we someday own property) and often find them overwhelming. Inspiring, but overwhelming. They tend to leave me relieved that I can’t yet go that route. To have one that makes it more accessible would be wonderful.

  72. Alan Elmer says:

    My dream is to have a 100% sustainable farm (probably about 10 acres) with an orchard, huge vegetable garden, a pond, chickens, and maybe a couple cows and goats. I love growing my own food, but I also love the beauty of all of the plants that we can eat. Aesthetics is just as important to me as food production!

    And I just liked the Edible Landscaping with a Permaculture Twist page on Facebook!

  73. Heather Olds says:

    I would love to learn more about multiple uses/benefits of our everyday landscaping plants. Plus, I really need some inspiration and look forward to the pics included in the book! We’ve been renting a house for the past year that is xeriscaped (insert my sad face here) and can’t wait to move into a home where I can get my hands in the dirt again!

  74. We just purchased a house with a yard, and I can’t wait to dig in! I’d love some guidance on how to get started. Looking forward to the updates I’ll get from FB.

  75. I am a Certified Master Gardener and was wondering what Permaculture was since I had heard of it but never read anything… we had some training on Permaculture and a I took a field trip to a Permaculture Garden and found out I have been practicing it without knowing! Love the ideas in permaculture and looking to expand it’s use in my little Urban Farm :) Looks like a lovely book! Back to the garden, the sun is out!

  76. Liked on FB but what I really like is the idea of some simple guide to take the scare out of the whole endeavor. I’ve been reading permaculture since stumbling on Robert Hart’s Forest Farming in a used bookstore decades ago. I’ve worked through Mollison and Hemenway, even taken a class. Sketched my topography. Listed possible guilds. But all I’ve made happen is a front yard salad bed and some fruit trees with clover and interspersed Siberian pea. Like you said – permaculture is just so huge I get paralyzed. I just want to make a yard that feeds my family with perennials and increases its own fertility and health without constant outpour of resources by me. Could this book be the guide that will get me learning by shovel and sweat and living results?
    I hope so.

  77. Jeremy White says:

    I would love to find a way to produce more on my land. I don’t like how the city I live in tries to regulate everything people do.

  78. P.S. – I love that outdoor oven!

  79. I have a new home and I am trying to incorporate as much edible plants as possible, but it would be nice to have some good advice and guide lines so I do it right the first time. :)

  80. Karen Wright says:

    Liked it on Facebook. I have a stormwater swale slicing through the front acre of my property and would love to learn about permaculture concepts that could help better manage this area.

  81. I am interested in learning more about cooperative plant guild design. I am also interested in the watershed irrigation technique you mentioned as well as Uncommon Fruits. I want to see if chokeberries are in there and how they would possibly do in Zone 5.

  82. Super excited to see her Ideas. I love permaculture, and am planning on building an outdoor kitchen…..

  83. Kristin Petrichenko says:

    Liked on facebook… and very interested in this book! I’d love to have a pretty, edible backyard (once I finally have a backyard of my own) and have been trying to absorb every bit of information I can get my hands on!

  84. Gabrielle says:

    I need this! I am about to start all over landscaping at a new house, AND we’re currently creating an edible landscape plan for my kids’ newly built school! Liked them on facebook, too, of course!

  85. Kitty USA says:

    The herb spiral caught my attention – I want to know more about that.
    Went to the facebook page but I don’t have facebook to get a win there so hopefully get a win here.
    Thanks for bringing this to our collective attention.

  86. Liked their page. I’ll be happy to see their posts.
    Especially interested in advise on alternative fruit trees and shrubs. They all sound fabulous in the vendor catalogues. Would love good advice on which are the most succesful/best to start with.

  87. We are finally ready to focus on our landscaping and would LOVE to incorporate any and all permaculture influences possible in the cold and dreary new england climate in which we reside. And Liked on Facebook…I need to just delete all of my friends – they get in the way of the good pages’ posts :)

  88. Liked the post on FB. I live in a rental with a huge yard, so easy, low cost permaculture techniques are exactly what I am looking for. We also don’t have a fence, so natural barriers to discourage critters from messing with plants is of concern as well. Looking forward to checking out Michael’s book!

  89. I liked it. Not going to look at it until I’m done with chores tonight, no sense in sabotaging myself. I’m still trying to figure out how to have my yard not look like a tangled mess so maybe this book will have a magic bullet for me…

  90. I liked the Facebook page. I’m definitely interested in learning more about guilds and fruit trees. Even if I don’t win, I’ll likely buy this book.

  91. I am reletively new to edible gardening – I’m a whiz as far as flowers go! This year we already have a ton of pepper starts – from mild to super hot – and cucumbers growing in the window by the wood stove. It’s nice to see green! This book looks like it needs to become a part of our growing gardening library! And I like his FB page – lots of great photos!

  92. How I would love that book! Learning from words and drawings is fine, but beautiful, colored pictures is the best–right next to having a Master take you by the hand in your own garden/food forest to be.

  93. Jill Howard Cozzens says:

    I’d love to learn more about guilds as I’m not sure I have a good handle on it. I like Edible Landscaping on Facebook and look forward to future posts there.

  94. Wonder Randy Tooth says:

    FB Page liked!

    I’m on 60 acres of mixed forest/orchard/pasture land – an old homestead. I’m new to the land and am looking for exciting ways to help nurture it. This book sounds like it would be an amazing addition to my shelf and could inspire many projects! (If I win a copy, I hereby promise to document any/all of these projects and can share with ya’ll what I’m up to!)

    Here’s to exciting new books!

  95. Oh gosh… This looks to be exactly the book I need. Trying to permaculture our new 5 acre homestead with two littleuns under 4 demand a concise and hands on approach. As much as I would love to delve into the concepts of permaculture in depth I simply don’t have the time. I’m caught in this limbo between getting things done or doing nothing at all because I don’t have the knowledge to do things exactly right, if that makes sense? This book looks like it might bridge that gap. Thanks so much for the awesome giveaway!

  96. This looks like a great idea generator for the garden! We have raised beds and grow a fair variety of foods we like, but we would also like to branch out and try new things. I’m especially interested in ways of diverting rainfall and putting it to good use. A little pest control info would be good, and plant guilds, for sure, just to name a couple!
    I definitely liked it on FB!

  97. Carolyne Thrasher says:

    We have 2 main areas on our yard that we want to plant with a mix of fruit trees and berries so I’d love to see more about practical guilds. Guilds that actually look nice in the landscape. Comfrey isn’t really my thing, if you know what I mean.

  98. Have liked on facebook and would love to set up some herb spirals!

  99. I keep planting edibles and am doing so rather by instinct….need to get even more information about permaculture planning before it’s too late! “Liked” the FB page and look forward to reading some informative posts. Thanks for letting us know about this connection.

  100. Elena Sopoci says:

    This looks wonderful! In our family, there’s always a tug-of-war going on between the Flowers vs. Veggies camp, and that’s why I love your blog. Here in the dry dry Southwest one always has to consider water conservation seriously, for either kind of crop, and any way to get those roots down deep and permanent is a help towards a more sustainable garden – especially at 7000 ft elevation and a zone 5 climate. There’s so much to learn, but thank goodness for the folks who have forged ahead and give us novices a leg up.

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