Review of Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes

Your Community, and the Whole Earth by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein

Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein book entitled Practical Permaculture for Home Landscapes, Your Community, and the Whole Earth is highly recommended for those who are into permaculture, whether you are already an expert or just starting to explore it. The book comprises the rudimentary principles of permaculture, presenting the whole design procedure, and offers thorough information on the plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures that make up the garden. The authors used real-life examples from all across the world. The book serves as a vital resource that will enable you to turn your home garden into a sustainable ecosystem.

The authors Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein offer a respected, in-depth, holistic and hands-on ways on how to create a sustainable living. Jessi Bloom is not just a best-selling author but also an award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She also has her own company N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Services which is known to be the leader in permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction and land management. Among permaculture the principles discussed in the book are:

  • tools you need to live a life rich in healthy food, safe housing, and renewable resources
  • basic principles of permaculture
  • entire design process from land assessment to the completed master plan
  • plants, water, waste, energy, shelter, food, animals, and structures

The book has a comprehensive introduction to permaculture with great illustrations. It was able to answer a few questions about composting. One greater feature of the book is its bibliography of further resources. When it comes to the structure of its writing, the book takes a complex subject and breaks it down into its basic concepts in a way that is readable, interesting, and informative. The illustrations and photos are excellent, as well as the charts that give the reader ideas for the steps to take to make their homes more sustainable.

Generally, the book gives a fascinating overview of a broad range of permaculture principles. It is an excellent read as one who is new to permaculture as it gives basics about many types of systems, and offers resources so readers can find more in-depth information about the systems they are most interested in researching.



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