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Author: Stephanie Rose


176 pages


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Discover how to work with nature, instead of against it, by employing permaculture techniques to create a garden that is not just more beautiful and productive, but also more resilient.

While the word permaculture might sound intimidating, the principles behind it are not. The main goal of permaculture is to turn your space into a functioning ecosystem that’s less reliant on external resources and better able to sustain itself through many seasons of growth and change as it resists pests, diseases, and climate extremes. Whatever the size of your space, from a tiny patio garden to a big backyard, and whether you grow food, flowers, shrubs, trees, or a combination of all, The Regenerative Garden is here to help you become a better, more eco-conscious gardener.

Through 80 DIY projects, author Stephanie Rose of the popular website Garden Therapy introduces you to basic backyard permaculture concepts in an easy-to-follow, logical way. Each of the six chapters represents a living element of the garden, capable of playing a valuable role in its constant regeneration, including soil, water, plants, climate, ethics, and community. As you check these projects off your to-do list, you’ll find you’ve reduced your long-term workload, conserved water, and other resources, turned your yard into a habitat for wildlife, and learned to grow perennial foods in creative ways.

The 80 featured projects include step-by-step instructions on how to:

  • Employ intensive planting to reduce weeding and watering chores
  • Use living mulches to amend the soil
  • Build self-watering planters and wicking beds to reduce water use
  • Install a rain garden to catch runoff
  • Plant a wildlife hedge to support creatures and create a windbreak and noise buffer
  • Compost projects and systems to repurpose waste on-site
  • Make a butterfly migration station to support pollinators of all sorts

A healthy, organic, regenerative garden is a perfect example of a self-sustaining ecosystem; everything works in tandem is intricately connected, and comes full circle to create its own never-ending cycle of life.

Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Sally White
Good info

Overall, this is well written. There are a few things that I feel should be included. To check the water level of the glued together Ola, one should have a wooden dowel or dry stick that can be inserted into the hole to check the water depth. Living in a very wet NW, I would sink these into the soil before planting as adding later would definitely cause issues. Personally, I prefer the simpler one with one pot covered with the glazed saucer. I wish that I could find 6" unglazed clay pipes and use them as using a post hole digger would make it easy to install. I also thought that the espalliered tree in front of the stairs was cute, but then wondered how to remove those things stored behind it. I loved the idea of using fish to curb mosquitoes, some acquired from local sources rather than a pet store has been my go to each year. There seems to be some critters that like to eat them so something floating on the surface to keep them hidden is a good idea. About the PVC in the pot for Deep Watering Tube for Container Gardens, I would carefully remove the tube and release the castings at least twice a year because even if one keeps adding the scraps, it will eventually plug up. Then replace it in the same hole right away before the sides cave in and the worms that have migrated out of the tube will head back in. Actually, this idea could be emplemented throughout a smaller home garden. Or, one could do what I learned from my Grandma, just collect scraps and dig them in around your garden. I know that this seems like a lot, but overall - great and simple instruction for those wanting to try something new and doable. My book will now go to my daughter.

Steven Kingry
Prototype review

Told Young Autistic Client who wants me to install just such a garden for her that this is a good starting point, but will require YEARS of effort to get even half of the 80 projects done. Disabled ex-cop needs all the exercise he can tolerate for rehab. Looks like I'm going to get it. Garden gets easy LATER.