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The Master Gardeners’ Bookshelf : Paradise Lot

In Paradise Lot, two self-described plant geeks, Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates, tell the charming story of their efforts to build a backyard food forest in the city using permaculture practices which had been implemented successfully in Europe and the tropics.  They begin with the purchase of a duplex in Holyoke, MA, surrounded by a 1/10th-acre lot of weedy, rubble-filled, compacted soil, and a plan to develop an integrated agro-ecosystem of trees, shrubs, vines, and herbaceous perennials producing food in every layer. Continue reading

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