Monday, June 14, 2010

Pear Tree Guild

Included are types of plants chosen for their specific functions and interactions with the floral and fauna community as a whole.
  • Bartlett Pear -central guild species; provides edible fruit, pollen & nectar, shade, wood...
  • Apple & Spearmint -bermuda grass control, edible, insectary (provides food or shelter)...
  • Borage -dynamic accumulator, insectary, tea...
  • Columbine -native, edible, medicinal, insectary...
  • Dandelion -dynamic accumulator (deep tap root), insectary, edible (dandelion wine!)...
  • Daylily -edible (flowers and roots -boiled like potatoes), insectary...
  • Crimson clover -nitrogen fixation (legume), soil cover, insectary, edible flowers...
  • Calendula -garden tonic, medicinal, edible...
  • Scallions -aromatic pest confuser (strong smells confuse pests), edible, insectary...

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Quotes that feel good...

"Personal independence depends on co-operative human society...only what we share gives us access to all necessary possessions." (Bill Mollison)

"Work is the health of love. To last, love must enflesh itself in the materiality of the world - produce food, shelter, warmth or shade, surround itself with careful acts, well made things. " (Berry 1991: 58)

"The more connections we make between the elements of the landscape on which we depend to meet our primary needs, the more sustainable that landscape becomes. " (Hamilton, 1993: 38)

"For waste is not found in nature — it’s strictly a human concept, a result of our own ignorance." (Joseph Jenkins Humanure Handbook rev.edition1999)

Permaculture (and related) Books

  • 'A Pattern Language' Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, Murray Silverstein
  • 'All New Square Foot Gardening: Grow More in Less Space!' Mel Bartholomew
  • 'Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature' Janine M. Benyus
  • 'Chicken Tractor: The Permaculture Guide to Happy Hens and Healthy Soil' Andy Lee, Pat Foreman
  • 'Ecological Design' Sim Van der Ryn
  • 'Edible Forest Gardens' David Jacke and Eric Toensmeier
  • 'Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide to Over 200 Natural Foods' Thomas Elias
  • 'Food Not Lawns: How to Turn Your Yard into a Garden And Your Neighborhood into a Community' Heather Coburn Flores
  • 'Forest Gardening: Cultivating an Edible Landscape' Robert A. de J. Hart
  • 'Gaia's Garden' Toby Hemenway
  • 'Gardening for the Future of the Earth' Howard-Yana Shapiro
  • 'Holistic Management: A New Framework for Decision Making' Allan Savory and Jody Butterfield
  • 'How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine' John Jeavons
  • 'Introduction to Permaculture' Bill Mollison
  • 'One-straw Revolution: Introduction to Natural Farming' Masanobu Fukoka
  • 'Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, A Gardener's Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles' Eric Toensmeier
  • 'Permaculture A Designer's Manual' Bill Mollison
  • 'Permaculture Book of Ferment and Human Nutrition' Bill Mollison
  • 'Permaculture One: A Perennial Agricultural System for Human Settlements' B. C. Mollison
  • 'Permaculture Two' B. Mollison
  • 'Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability' David Holmgren
  • 'Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands (& Beyond) volumes 1, 2 & 3' Brad Lancaster
  • 'Root Cellaring: Natural Cold Storage of Fruits & Vegetables' Mike Bubel
  • 'Seed to Seed: Seed Saving and Growing Techniques for Vegetable Gardeners' Ernest Ashworth
  • 'Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide for Farmers, Smallholders and Gardeners' Sepp Holzer
  • 'The Backyard Beekeeper - Revised and Updated: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden' Kim Flottum
  • 'The Beekeeper's Handbook, Third Edition' Diana Sammataro
  • 'The Encyclopedia of Country Living: An Old Fashioned Recipe Book' Carla Emery
  • 'The Forager's Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants' Samuel Thayer
  • 'The Herbal Medicine-Maker's Handbook: A Home Manual' James Green
  • 'The Humanure Handbook: A Guide to Composting Human Manure, Third Edition' Joseph Jenkins
  • 'The New Create an Oasis with Greywater: Choosing, Building and Using Greywater Systems - Includes Branched Drains' Art Ludwig
  • 'Tree Crops: A Permanent Agriculture' John Smith
  • 'Water For Every Farm: Yeomans Keyline Plan' P. A. Yeomans
  • 'Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers, and Ponds for Domestic Supply, Fire and Emergency Use--Includes How to Make Ferrocement Water Tanks' Art Ludwig