Books For Every Gardener!!!

by Zach
(Mansfield, OH)

Hello all. Zach here with just a quick list of a few books I know to be great sources of knowledge, practical and theoretical, and inspiration! I myself reside near Mansfield, OH. My local library (you most definitely should check yours and others) didn't have the books I was looking for most of the time. However, a 20 min drive took me to Loudonville's wonderful library (18th in the nation, recently ranked), and they've ordered in everything I've asked for, and then some! You can get them all from Amazon - I have :) So enjoy, and learn, and most importantly maybe, share! Ciao for now...

-> Roots Demystified by Robert Kourik

-> Food Not Lawns by Heather Coburn Flores

-> PERMACULTURE: A Designers' Manual by Bill Mollison

-> Introduction to Permaculture by Bill Mollison

-> Gaia's Garden by Toby Hemenway

-> The One-Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka

-> The Natural Way of Farming by Masanobu Fukuoka

-> Mycelium Running by Paul Stamets

-> Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms by P. Stamets

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Feb 21, 2011
additional recommended books
by: Julie

Thanks for the recommended books. I have my recommended books listed on my blog I would also recommend "The Backyard Homestead", by Carleen Madigan, and "The all New Square Foot Gardening", by Mel Bartholomew. In The all New Square Foot Gardening they discuss Mel's mix: 1/3 blended compost, 1/3 peat moss, and 1/3 vermiculite. So think you're on the right track. Hope this helps.

Jan 15, 2010
Seedraising Mixes Deserve a new topic...
by: Anonymous

Hi Guys

What started off as a topic about Books has morphed into seed raising. So, I started a new topic for it, so others don't miss the great stuff being posted.



Jan 14, 2010
Re: Vicke
by: Anonymous

Hello there :) and a big thank you for your comment. I can safely say it made my day. Im new to posting, let alone permaculture. Your positive feed back was quite refreshing to say in the least. Now, as for starting seeds! From what I've gathered a neutral soil is the best way to go. I use a high peat mix. And for some things jiffy pellets are the best!


They're straight dried compressed peat moss. Soak'em in warm water and they come to life, so to speak. The looseness, and moisture retention, and sterility of the lil things is great. Understandably not a viable option for mass production, but none-the-less.


this site says "...blend(ing) equal parts of perlite, vermiculite, and peat. Add 1/4 teaspoon of lime to each gallon of mix to neutralize the acidity of the peat."

I hoped I helped :)

Jan 14, 2010
Books with specifics
by: Vicke

Zach, this is a great collection. I have many of these, too. The Gaia Garden is my personal favorite as it has a lot of specifics. However, I am looking for a seed starter recipe. My "Encyclopedia of Organic Gardening" has some ingredient suggestions, but not a specific recommended recipe. I have my own vermicompost, and am thinking about using it with vermiculite and perlite. Do any of your books have a recommended recipe or have you tried something that you would recommend?

Stillwater, OK

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