Book: The Earth Care Manual
The Earth Care Manual. A permaculture handbook for Britain and other Temperate climes.
Patrick Whitefield. Permanent Publications.
A textbook of diverse aspects of sustainable living. This book covers general permaculture principles of living in harmony with the earth, slowly observing natural cycles then living within them. Thus the rich diversity of species is maintained as opposed to the monoculture of modern farms. Nothing is wasted as there is no “away” where rubbish can be thrown.
There are chapters on soil care, no dig gardening. Domestic and small scale mircrogeneration is covered, as is planning, waste and building.
I found the book useful in planning my own orchard and picked up tips on windbreak principles and the choice of nut trees to compliment the apples. Patrick was offering one day permaculture-at-your-place consultations in 2007. We enjoyed a day with this quietly spoken and immensely knowledgeable man. He had many ideas on how trees and plants could fit together symbiotically.
This is a great reference textbook.