NOTE: If you find any of these books exceptional, and you will, I encourage you to buy a hard copy. Many reference-style books will serve you better as the real thing. Not to mention supporting our community authors!
A series of pamphlets from the Permaculture Design Course Series.
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(From Amazon) “Permaculture Two” delves deeper into the concept of “consciously designed agricultural systems.” Author, Bill Mollison, describes new approaches and solutions that have evolved around the world. Ways in which plants can modify climate and many forms of pollution are discussed. Highly productive, low-energy systems, are made clear, in this fascinating book that offers some concrete solutions for saving Mother Earth.
Download Permaculture Two PDF HERE.
PERMACULTURE: A DESIGNER’S MANUAL by Bill Mollison
This is the bible of Permaculture from the man himself, an extensive resource geared more toward the intermediate to advanced Permaculturist. That’s not to say you need experience to read it, but I would recommend reading Intro to Permaculture or Gaia’s Garden first. Although it’s expensive, any serious student should own a hardcover copy of this book.
Download The Designer’s Manual PDF HERE.
RECOMMENDED: Check out this page for a study guide handbook to go along with the Designer’s Manual.
(From Amazon) The first edition of Gaia’s Garden sparked the imagination of America’s home gardeners, introducing permaculture’s central message: Working with Nature, not against her, results in more beautiful, abundant, and forgiving gardens. This extensively revised and expanded second edition broadens the reach and depth of the permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers.
Many people mistakenly think that ecological gardening—which involves growing a wide range of edible and other useful plants—can take place only on a large, multiacre scale. As Hemenway demonstrates, it’s fun and easy to create a “backyard ecosystem” by assembling communities of plants that can work cooperatively and perform a variety of functions, including:
- Building and maintaining soil fertility and structure
- Catching and conserving water in the landscape
- Providing habitat for beneficial insects, birds, and animals
- Growing an edible “forest” that yields seasonal fruits, nuts, and other foods
This revised and updated edition also features a new chapter on urban permaculture, designed especially for people in cities and suburbs who have very limited growing space. Whatever size yard or garden you have to work with, you can apply basic permaculture principles to make it more diverse, more natural, more productive, and more beautiful. Best of all, once it’s established, an ecological garden will reduce or eliminate most of the backbreaking work that’s needed to maintain the typical lawn and garden.
Download Gaia’s Garden PDF HERE.
CLICK HERE for a very nicely put together 80-page outline of the Permaculture Design Course.