The Permaculture Garden

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Mar 21, 2005 - Gardening - 170 pages

Working entirely in harmony with nature, The Permaculture Garden shows you how to turn a bare plot into a beautiful and productive garden. Learn how to plan your garden for easy access and minimum labor; save time and effort digging and weeding; recycle materials to save money; plan crop successions for year-round harvests; save energy and harvest water; and garden without chemicals by building up your soil and planting in beneficial communities. Full of practical ideas, this perennial classic, first published in 1995, is guaranteed to inspire, inform, and entertain.


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Page 6 - I notice that it is only when my mother is working in her flowers that she is radiant, almost to the point of being invisible - except as Creator: hand and eye. She is involved in work her soul must have. Ordering the universe in the image of her personal conception of Beauty.
Page 6 - And I remember people coming to my mother's yard to be given cuttings from her flowers; I hear again the praise showered on her because whatever rocky soil she landed on, she turned into a garden. A garden so brilliant with colors, so original in its design, so magnificent with life and creativity, that to this day people drive by our house in Georgia — perfect strangers and imperfect strangers — and ask to stand or walk among my mother's art.
Page 16 - ... classical and erotic models only partially account for it. Deeper than these lies the world-wide dream of the happy garden — the island of the Hesperides, the earthly paradise, Tirnanogue. The machinery of allegory may always, if we please, be regarded as a system of conduit pipes which thus tap the deep, unfailing sources of poetry in the mind of the folk and convey their refreshment to lips which could not otherwise have found it. 2. The Characters. These may conveniently be divided into...
Page 6 - Of the two things that he found in Chre'tien it was the fantastic that he rejected and the natural that he used. Do not let us be deceived by the allegorical form. That, as we have seen, does not mean that the author is talking about non-entities, but that he is talking about the inner world — talking, in fact, about the realities he knows best. No doubt, from a grammatical or logical point of view, the land of Gorre in Lancelot is 'concrete', and Danger in the Roman, being a personification, is...
Page 6 - ... they are shrouds, they soak life out of us. Till after a long time, when they are old and have steeped in our life they begin to be soothed and soothing: then we throw them away. NEW HOUSES, NEW CLOTHES New houses, new furniture, new streets, new clothes, new sheets everything new and machine-made sucks life out of us and makes us cold, makes us lifeless the more we have.
Page 14 - Great civilisations have almost invariably had good soils as one of their chief natural resources.

About the author (2005)

Graham Bell is the former editor of Permaculture News. He worked for the Prince's Trust and is now a freelance environmental consultant. He lives and works in the Scottish Borders, and is married with two children.

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