Best Permaculture 'Books'

sunnybunny(Z8Northwest)August 17, 2009

I am an avid organic gardener who plants for the birds and bees and edibles. I am not sure what permaculture is exactly in terms of principles but I wanted to get the "best" book about it. From what I hear I am sort of doing permaculture because I am choosing to design and plant around native things, and wildlife friendly. Thanks for your information. Sunny.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
gardenlen(s/e qld aust)

g'day sunnybunny,

i'd suggest a visit to yor local lending library first up there should be a plethora of books on the shelf, don't get into the tomes keep the reading simple.

one you should seek out first i'd suggest is bill mollison's "intro' to permaculture" comes in paper back and hard cover versions, for me permaculture is all about simple common sense practises that fit into your lifestyle or system.

the rest you can find out here for free.


Here is a link that might be useful: lens garden page

    Bookmark   August 18, 2009 at 3:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mbravebird(VA zone 7)

Gaia's Garden is a good one.

    Bookmark   April 5, 2010 at 3:29PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
huisjen(z5 ME)

Edible Forest Gardens is good, although it takes some time to digest. I like it because it's focus is on the New England Bioregion, but that may not be so good for someone in the northwest.


    Bookmark   April 6, 2010 at 3:33PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pippimac(New Zealand)

I second what Len says: see what what's in your local library.
There's loads of permaculture books in heaps of different styles.
Gaia's Garden is really accessible, whereas you might find Mollison heavy going.
On the other hand, if you want a really detailed explanation of how permaculture works, then read Mollison and Holmgren's books.

    Bookmark   April 13, 2010 at 9:39PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
daveg(z9 CA)

The best book I have read is Toby Heminway's "Gaia's Garden." I got me hooked on permaculture. It is well written and very informative.

    Bookmark   April 14, 2010 at 6:50PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

I second Gaia's Garden. I have the 2nd printing where they add a permaculture specific chapter and a couple other things I guess. Very good read.

I like Food not Lawns as well, though that is less about how and more about why. It's got a heavy focus on community and activism, so that may or may not be up your alley.

    Bookmark   May 14, 2010 at 6:16PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

One more to throw in the mix--"The Permaculture Garden" by Graham Bell. It's like a condensed version of Gaia's Garden with metric measurements, and it's a great crash course in the gardening side of permaculture.

I'll also second Food Not Lawns as a good introduction to some of the social concepts of permaculture as well as for some out-of-the-box ideas (but like bekajoi said, you may have to read around the activism bits).

Happy reading!

    Bookmark   May 26, 2010 at 2:24AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Belgianpup(Wa/Zone 7b)

Art Ludwig's books on home use of greywater:

The New Create an Oasis with Grey Water

Laundry to Landscape

Water Storage: Tanks, Cisterns, Aquifers and Ponds (includes how to make a ferrocement water tank)

Also Brad Lancaster's series of 3 books (I'm not sure if #3 is out yet): Rainwater Harvesting for Drylands and Beyond.

Masanobu Fukuoka's books the One-Straw Revolution and The Natural Way of Farming.

And of course, all of Bill Mollison's books.

    Bookmark   June 14, 2010 at 4:18PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

Go to youtube and watch videos
~ search for "Geoff Lawton - Permaculture", "Sepp Holtzer" and "Masanobu Fukuoka" as well as "Path to Freedom" - "Homegrown Revolution" and "Emilia Hazelip" also "Permaculture Food Forest" many many to see.!
Videos on these will give you some insight before reading any books.

Here is a link that might be useful: Old Food Forest

    Bookmark   January 20, 2011 at 9:04PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo

'Edible Forest Garden' (both volumes) as well as 'Gaia's Garden' are both available on FO FREE! you just need a 7zip to unzip them as PDFs

Here is a link that might be useful:

    Bookmark   February 22, 2011 at 1:36AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Florida Permaculture Design Course 2015
March 16-27, 2015 At Kashi Ashram, 11155 Roseland Road,...
Urban permaculture home for sale - Portland, OR
Have worked to make the yard around our beautiful home...
Compost Water Heated Greenhouse
Just spent a minute modifying my compost water heater...
Frost Observation and Protection
During winter I tried to protect plants well with Frost...
grant for permaculture enterprises app due Jan 14, 2015
As you may know, for the last year, our company TGI...
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™