Paradise Lot

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the CityParadise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City by Eric Toensmeier
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Excellent followup to Toensmeier’s other books on permaculture. In this one, he and his friend Jonathan Bates actually put 8 years of experience growing the plants recommended in his first two incredible tomes, Perennial Vegetables: From Artichokes to Zuiki Taro, a Gardener’s Guide to Over 100 Delicious and Easy to Grow Edibles and Edible Forest Gardens: 2 Volume Set. I was thrilled to learn which combinations, guilds, and polycultures worked well and which didn’t.

I loved the personal narrative also, about their goal of a creating a duplex “nest” to which they might hope to attract the women of their dreams. It all worked out! I loved the urban thrust of this book — most permaculture tomes assume endless access to land, which is contrary to the trend of more and more urban dwellers in our world. So much remains possible on the very small scale!

With the words “Plant Geeks” actually in the subtitle, I’m surprised at some other reviewers’ surprise that this is a detailed examination of urban growing by two extraordinarily learned individuals. It’s not an introductory text. If the word “ecosystem” is not used in your daily life, this book probably isn’t for you.

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Seeking a resilient, connected, sustainable community and personal life thru gardening, community building, biking, strength, love, Transition Towns, singing, and public service.
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