Here are some of my favorite books, tools, supplies, and more for growing a permaculture garden that is as resilient as a natural ecosystem.
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This unit can hold 10 standard (22″) nursery trays, double what other 6-tier shelving units can hold. Just be sure to compare the height of your ceiling to the dimensions of the shelving unit before purchasing.
Mimics sunlight and is extremely energy efficient and long-lasting. The dimensions of this light fixture are only 12″D x 11″W, but the light coverage spans 24″ x 24″ (2′ x 2′).
This coconut coir seed starting mix is both OMRI listed and certified organic. It's also compact and easy to store!
The ideal soil temperature for starting seeds indoors is 68-86° F, which is usually attainable with ambient heat in a house along with a supplemental heat mat. The accompanying thermostat can ensure you keep your seedlings within a healthy temperature range for germination.
Sturdy cell packs that can be used year after year, with proper cleaning and disinfecting.
Use as drip trays for seedling cell packs, and provides easy way to move seedlings when needed.
Highly recommended for beginners and professionals who want to learn how to create an edible backyard ecosystem. Build a productive garden with biodiversity in mind.
All about growing a stress-free garden using permaculture techniques. Learn how to deal with challenges such as small space, sloping land, poor soil, and shade.
Learn how to design, establish, and maintain your own permaculture forest garden through case studies and lists of the best edible and useful plant species.
An integrated permaculture approach to growing food and medicinals in temperate forests.
Your #1 multipurpose permaculture plant for biomass production, attracting beneficial insects, and more. Grow this sterile-seed variety to prevent spreading.
Explains the basics of permaculture and its various systems, and includes the fifty most useful plants for permaculture landscapes.
Growing Fruits & Vegetables
Grow food for yourself and the songbirds! These delicious tree fruits are a decoy crop that lure birds from favored harvests. Prolific producer, plant in the fall to help tree get established and you'll have fruit for years.
This 24-packet set by Botanical Interests is the survival stash of seeds to have on hand for food security. These tried-and-true heirloom varieties have been around for 50 years or longer.
Great edible landscape design ideas. I love the 'Luscious Landscape Index', which rates fruit crops based on flavor, time investment, maintenance, difficulty, etc.
Leans toward permaculture techniques for growing fruits and berries which reduce pests while increasing vigor naturally. Includes tips for selecting varieties, pruning, grafting, soil fertility, planting care, and more.
All-in-one amendment by Organic Mechanics includes biochar, worm castings, compost, and more. Improves and nurtures soil biology. A one-time application for the life of a garden is all that's needed!
Improving Soil Quality
An edible cover crop for compacted or nutrient deficient soil and the no till garden. Creates lots of biomass and attracts worms. Leave these in the ground to decompose.
Important tool for loosening and aerating soil in the no till garden without destroying structure and soil life. Don't skip this annual step in repairing compacted soil.
Adds vigor to the garden by providing nutrients and activating beneficial microbes. Bang for your buck: Spray on top of other soil amendments to activate them.
Sow under fruit trees, in forest gardens, and in garden paths. Fertilizer, living mulch, and pollinator attractor all in one. Pre-inoculated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria.
Richest known natural fertilizer that attracts beneficial organisms and neutralizes pH. I make my own but always need more! Trustworthy source, OMRI listed.
Living soil, made from food scraps, with beneficial microbiology and fungi WITHOUT junk like heavy metals or other contaminants. Approved for organic agriculture. Ships anywhere in continental U.S.
Growing & Using Herbs
No garden - or kitchen - is complete without garlic. Great tasting and easy to grow hardneck variety, produces 8-10 cloves per head. Plant in fall for early summer harvest.
Start your herbalism journey at home with this self-paced course from Herbal Academy. Over 34 lessons, you will feel comfortable and excited about selecting herbs and making wellness-promoting preparations.
Make your own cup of homegrown tea with this 8-packet set of herbs by Botanical Interests. You'll get both beautiful flowers and health-promoting libations all in one.
Calendula is an edible flower with many medicinal uses. Essential in my vegetable garden for trapping pests and attracting pollinators and beneficial insects.
Super attractor for beneficial insects! Excellent living mulch and for planting among crops in the vegetable garden. Showy and fragrant flowers for edible landscape borders.
Cute as a button flowers make an excellent herbal tea and a nutrient rich mulch for fruit tree guilds and food forests. Companion in the vegetable garden.
This 8-packet set of beautiful, edible, flower seeds by Botanic Interests will bring colorful cheer to your garden or edible landscape. And the culinary possibilities are endless!
Create gorgeous and delicious landscapes with planting suggestions, combinations, and design ideas from the vanguard of the edible landscaping movement.
Perfect for hard-working gardeners' hands. This soothing, healing herbal salve by Catskills Comfrey is made on the farm from freshly harvested comfrey, arnica, and calendula.
Dry all your culinary and medicinal herbs in this 5-foot-tall drying rack with breathable mesh that ensures good airflow while keeping bugs out. Colored zippers for easy access. Hanging clip, pruners, and storage case included.
I've had this model for years! Compost kitchen scraps indoors and harvest worm castings for the garden simply. Includes a variety of accessories to save money in the long run.
Provides food and habitat for birds, pollinators, and other beneficial insects. Cheerful, North American native perennial is deer resistant and excellent for erosion control.
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Learn to forage without fear with this self-paced course from Grow Forage Cook Ferment. Meant for beginner to intermediate foragers, all the foraging basics and more are covered!