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Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and The Making of an Edible Garden Oasis In The City (Anglais) Broché – 25 janvier 2013

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I devoured this book like a novel. It's not just a good gardening book but also a personal story and written in a readable style... It's about a forest garden, almost certainly the first and probably still the best example in North America... A goldmine of information." --Patrick Whitefield, Permaculture

"This is a really enjoyable read of the (mainly) triumphs and (few) setbacks that all innovative gardeners will experience along their journeys." --Agroforestry News

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When Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates moved into a duplex in a run-down part of Holyoke, Massachusetts, the tenth-of-an-acre lot was barren ground and bad soil, peppered with broken pieces of concrete, asphalt, and brick. The two friends got to work designing what would become not just another urban farm, but a "permaculture paradise" replete with perennial broccoli, paw paws, bananas, and moringa all told, more than two hundred low-maintenance edible plants in an innovative food forest on a small city lot. The garden intended to function like a natural ecosystem with the plants themselves providing most of the garden's needs for fertility, pest control, and weed suppression also features an edible water garden, a year-round unheated greenhouse, tropical crops, urban poultry, and even silkworms. In telling the story of Paradise Lot, Toensmeier explains the principles and practices of permaculture, the choice of exotic and unusual food plants, the techniques of design and cultivation, and, of course, the adventures, mistakes, and do-overs in the process. Packed full of detailed, useful information about designing a highly productive permaculture garden, Paradise Lot is also a funny and charming story of two single guys, both plant nerds, with a wild plan: to realize the garden of their dreams and meet women to share it with. Amazingly, on both counts, they succeed.

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J'ai beaucoup aimé ce livre et la vie décrite. L'anglais est fluide et facile à lire. Mais j'aurais aimé des photos...
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HASH(0x8dae260c) étoiles sur 5 Compelling narrative, excellent permaculture resource 9 février 2013
Par Zannah Marsh - Publié sur
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I bought this book because I'm a budding urban gardener curious about permaculture (a sustainable, low maintenance, ecosystem-focused approach to growing food)... and I like a good story. Eric Toensmeier is a self-described "plant geek" and permaculture expert who also co-wrote "Edible Forest Gardens" a 2-volume, 1000+ page epic reference on the theory and practice of permaculture. Unlike EFG, "Paradise Lot" is a comparatively short, accessible, narrative account of Toensmeier's experience turning a barren urban lot in Holyoke, MA into a "food forest."

At the start of the book, Toensmeier and his co-gardener Jonathan Bates (who contributes short essays scattered throughout the book) are single, impoverished, lonely 30-something plant geeks struggling to start a business, find a place to settle down, and get girlfriends. Part of the fun and suspense of the book is following their personal stories, which are skillfully and unobtrusively interwoven into the central narrative of the garden. The book is also a terrific introduction to key concepts in permaculture. Toensmeier describes the entire process, from selecting and mapping a site to designing the garden, collecting seeds, working the soil, planting, harvesting and even preparing some of the unusual edibles, troubleshooting invasives and dealing with pests. There's lots of juicy details, but the technical information isn't overwhelming. If you're inspired (as I was) to learn more, there are comprehensive lists of resources (books, organizations, suppliers, etc) plus plant lists and garden maps in the book's appendicies.

Toensmeier writes beautifully, with a deeply-felt passion for plants and the natural world. In a broader sense, the book is about being creative, resourceful, and strategic in building a life and community that's both sustainable and satisfying.

Very inspiring! A wonderful book.
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HASH(0x8dae2858) étoiles sur 5 Not quite what I expected, but not bad, either. 12 février 2013
Par Jennifer A. Schultz - Publié sur
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I expected more of the book to actually be devoted to the lot in question, rather than being basically an autobiography of two men who happened to garden in a small urban lot. I expected more of an in depth of: In year one, we planted x y and z and only y thrived. In year two y had grown W feet, etc. etc. I expected more before and after pictures or descriptions of the lot. That being said the book IS all about permaculture and forest gardens (even if the majority is about what happened BEFORE the lot or something tangential about their time on the lot, and not actually about the lot itself) and etc, and I learned more than I would have thought from a biography. I also appreciated that a lot of the plants described in the actual lot section appear to be available for sale on their website (Often I get frustrated about hearing of some great plant that it turns out is virtually unobtainable).
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HASH(0x8dae281c) étoiles sur 5 Inspiring 11 février 2013
Par SanDiegoMama - Publié sur
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I loved Paradise Lot. It took me 3 days to read because I was reading so fast. I'm going to reread it again because it was so good. Love the stories in it. Very entertaining to read yet so much information at the same time that i need to go back with a pen and paper and take notes. Although they live on the East Coast with much colder weather and I live in San Diego, I feel that the book still helped me a great deal. I'm now even more inspired to work on my own back yard and food forest. I wish they would move to a new lot, start over and journal that garden as well! I'd buy that book.

I'm probably going to by their other 2 volume set about food forests. They explained about how they put that together and it seems like an encyclopedia of information that is very much worth having.

I'm sad that I'm not close to where they live. It would be interesting to take a tour after learning so much about the effort put forth in designing it all these years.

I'd recommend this to anyone who wants to create an edible yard. Very helpful.
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HASH(0x8dae2b10) étoiles sur 5 Great account of a permaculture experience 1 août 2013
Par Laura Nottingham - Publié sur
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. We are just beginning our permaculture journey on a half acre in Omaha, Nebraska. Reading about Paradise Lot provided lots of ideas for what we will try.

The book is very readable and both authors bring their experiences to the pages in different ways. Eric writes more about the methodology, while Jonathan tells more about the personal/emotional experience. At least, this was my perception of their styles.

Overall, a very enjoyable book that is pragmatic and entertaining!
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HASH(0x8dae2b70) étoiles sur 5 If you grow it, they will come... 19 avril 2015
Par Rebecca - Publié sur
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The birds, the bees, and yes...even the wives. Paradise Lot is a fun, lighthearted memoir about two guys who transformed a vacant dirt lot into a lush garden, and everything they gained along the way. The pictures on the cover pretty much say it all.

I really liked this book. I like that the author chronicled the garden over several years, beginning with the initial work to get it going, and then how the garden grew and changed as the plants & ecosystem matured (and the authors learned from their mistakes). It's written like a time-lapse photograph, which was fascinating to see. As someone who has also started a garden from scratch, I could really relate to their process. I didn't have it nearly as hard as they did (I have an acre to play with in a rural area), but I still felt like I was listening to a kindred spirit.

The book is well-written and the author has an excellent tone. He manages to describe their incredible accomplishments while still sounding humble. I've read a ton of organic gardening books, but this was my first permaculture book - and it was excellent. I felt like he explained the concepts very thoroughly, but without sounding preachy or textbook-y. Above all, he managed to write a book that heavily advocates this style of gardening without ever sounding arrogant or pushy. I very much appreciated that.

This book is a goldmine...if you live in the Northeast. There is a detailed list of all of the plants in their garden, including their uses. I live in Gulf Coast Texas, so for me this book was a laundry list of everything that won't work in my area, as well as pests & climate concerns that don't affect me (like slugs and snow). The ideas behind this book were interesting, but I didn't actually come away with anything practical or useful. But don't get me wrong - I don't hold that against the authors. After all, they LIVE in the Northeast, so of course that's their niche. I just need to find the Texas version of Paradise Lot - blistering heat, hordes of invading fire ants, and visits from curious copperheads. That's MY "paradise" (lol!).

But even though I couldn't relate to the plants & concerns of his garden, I DID come away with a lot of new ideas & projects for my own garden and chickens. This book is NOT a "how-to" guide for permaculture, so if you're expecting that you will probably be disappointed. However, it is EXCELLENT for inspiration and ideas. I feel like this book made me consider gardening concepts that had never occurred to me before, and it helped me see a whole new level to my garden (beyond beds of annual vegetables like tomatoes).

My *only* two gripes about this book are 1) I wish there were more pictures (particularly of the plants), and 2) I wish they were upfront about the actual cost of this garden. The author talks a lot about using recycled materials and harvesting local plants, but he ALSO talks about buying bagged compost & mulch and purchasing a lot of plants from nurseries. I've put in a garden from scratch, so I know just how expensive gardening can be, especially when you're buying plants & trees. The author DID produce a gorgeous garden - no doubt about that - but it just struck me as a little misleading to ignore the actual cost, particularly if you're writing a book to try to inspire others to do the same.

Anyway - those two complaints aside, I highly recommend this book if you're new to permaculture and/or are an experienced gardener. It's a fast, easy read that is interesting and inspiring, and odds are no matter how experienced you are, you'll probably come away with at least one or two ideas to incorporate in your own garden.
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