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- Publié sur Amazon.com
If you're expecting this book to be a guide or handbook then think again as it only provides a sketchy description with little instruction. I see in another review that someone said they were glad it wasn't big and scary or something and actually had to LOL at that (I truly did snort). I'd think anyone that would buy this sort of book would demand big and scary, I sure do. Here's the email I sent to the author after reading the book:
When I saw your book on Amazon I was pretty excited because I've been shopping for something EXACTLY like this for awhile, but I have to say after reading it I was a little disappointed. My first thought when it arrived was in regards to how small it is, I was expecting to see something with at least 200 pages...it barely broke 100 and half of it is useless pictures.
I am not a master gardener. I, like most people, need to be able to learn thoroughly about a subject in order to put it into action. We pay the $20.00+ for a book like this because maybe we don't have the time to experiment year after year. The point is you should have included some companion charts, more examples (with details), and sponsored a forum so people can chat about what they've got.
I, for example, have flat ground located in an arid climate with harsh winters. I did pick up a few tips but not 20 bucks worth from the book. I don't expect you to know secret recipe for success about my particular soil, but some specific examples and ideas would have left me able to get rolling this fall when I can plant again.
I am sure I am not alone in this matter. As it stands I'm really not much further ahead and will have to continue to scour the internet for ideas on the variations of plants. I'll most likely return the book.
***UPDATE*** Reply From Author:
Thanks for buying my book and for sending me your email below.
I am sorry you are disappointed and the book did not meet your expectations. (Hopefully you have read the entire book, as most people who have, have told me that they love it.)
I wrote the book because so many people asked me to do so, to explain how they could create their own Secret Garden of Survival for themselves. When I decided to write the book , I knew how difficult it was to read all the technical, lengthy, and confusing permaculture texts out there (and I have read plenty of them) that were 300+ pages, and that more oriented toward someone who was more of a horticulturalist, that your average home owner.
I therefore tried to make the book simple, straightforward, and give people the most information, using the fewest number of words possible so that they could get to actually doing the project themselves. I also used a huge number of full color photos, since people learn more from seeing something, than from reading. And even though my publisher said the book would be expensive to print with 120+ full color photographs, I knew that it was important for people to see the detail, so that they would not have to read 300+ pages of explanation.
I try to give the basic concepts in the book of how guilds work and the infrastructure that will give people the best result. I talk in my book about how I cannot possibly give every example of every guild plant that will work in every environment and USDA zone. However, I also state that it is important for the homeowner to find a good local plant nursery, that understands permaculture and that can provide you with plants that were propagated in their area, and that are native to that area and environment. That is because plants that you get from the big box stores typically have travelled 1500 miles and are pumped full of "drugs" to make them look good when they are on the store floor. Most of those trees will not be of a variety that will do well, or that will actually bear fruit in every zone in which they are sold.
As an example, there are apple trees that will grow in the Northeast US, and apple trees that will grow in the Southern US. They are all apple trees, and each may grow in each other's environment, but a northern apple tree will never bear fruit if planted in the south, because a northern apple tree needs more "chill hours" (hours in the winter below 45 degrees) before it will set fruit.
All that being said, most people appreciate that they do not have to read 300+ pages, or have to wade through 20 page charts, and cross reference each guild plant, to figure out how to plant their own guilds in their own environment.
If however, you are looking for a bigger text that goes into more specific detail, with multiple charts and graphs, then I recommend you get the book Gaia's Garden. It is 300+ pages, and I have seen it on amazon for $48.00+.
As you can see, I am open to answering questions of people who have purchased my book and I am always willing to help answer questions that people might have, as well as provide a forum for questions on my website, and radio show.
If you have not read the book completely, please do so and see if it is not helpful to you. If you want to return the book after that, and want to pick up any one of the permaculture books geared toward more professional gardeners and landscapers, then I encourage you to do so.
Let me know if I can help you in any case.