Solve your challenges with growing food, especially when the weather turns bad, by repairing the ecosystems within your veggie gardens and orchards with these handbooks for gardeners.
Solidly grounded with the latest research and grower experiences, using our simple-to-follow instructions, explanatory diagrams, and links to videos, permaculturists, organic, and other eco-friendly gardeners get the help they need to grow food eco-logically. Get hard copies, printed-on-demand from our award-winning environmental printers, or e-publications direct to your inbox.
Reduce the costs of growing food for your family and our environment by repairing the ecosystem in your garden.
Using this Handbook you can step back from cultivating soil, and applying pest controls, fertilisers and other inputs, relying instead on Nature's free ecological services. You'll harvest healthy food with your soils naturally supplying nutrients to your plants, with insects and birds controlling most of your pests, and better battle the storms of climate change!
With the costs of fertilisers escalating people are switching to using alternatives like legumes, compost, and biofertilisers. But there is another option that we tend to overlook - getting the ecosystems in our soil to supply nutrients to our crops.
We’ll show you how to use this eco-logical approach. It’s not complicated! Your plants will get five-star catering directly from your soil ecosystem rather than via the intermittent inputs you supply!
Water is essential for our farms to thrive and produce healthy food. Standard solutions help, like putting in more stock watering points,, growing drought-tolerant crops, using water-smart irrigation and engineering solutions. But there is an eco-logical solution we tend to overlook - getting more water into and retained in our soil.
So if you are asking yourself, “what can I do to affordably reduce the impacts of drought?" get this book!
Wouldn’t it be great to grow plants that thrive in your growing conditions, plants that you harvest, rather than the insects?
Using the steps in this resource, you’ll quickly assess and map your garden's growing conditions.
You can then select plants that will grow well in these conditions and design features to improve your production systems, like windbreaks, water harvesting structures and open canopied legume trees to reduce sunburnt fruit.
No special skills or expensive surveying equipment are required. Drawing the patterns of sun and shade, exploring where the water flows, looking for critters in the leaf litter and counting earthworms, everyone can get involved!
How much do you spend on mulch every year? Just to watch it disappear and need replacing... Mulch is useful, but spreading mulch is not the easiest, cheapest, or best thing to do.
You and your soil will be better off growing living mulch.