Sunday, March 30, 2014

Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre and The Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City, Eric Toensmeier and with contributions by Jonathan Bates. White River Junction VT.: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2013. e-book, 234 pps.

The city referenced in the sub-title is Holyoke in Massachusetts not to be confused with the college. [The college is Mt. Holyoke and its environs are totally different than the city of Holyoke. Just saying.]. 

Two guys who were friends [not lovers] bought a duplex in the urban sprawl that is Holyoke in Massachusetts. They converted their backyard to a sustainable garden. Each of them found a woman and married her. All of them lived there for a long time.

     Paradise Lot is far more than the summary suggests. The two guys utilized principles of permaculture to create something natural. The plants they planted had to serve as food sources as well as for "pretty." Included in the grand experiment were nitrogen fixers, edibles, and nectar sources. Thus the soil and the humans and the wildlife were happy and flourishing along with the garden.

sapphoq reviews says: This is the practical application of permaculture to an urban garden not located in Australia [from whence the movement originated]. People with gardens and people who like urban stuff, nature, and chickens will enjoy this book. Highly endorsed.

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