Paradise Lot by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates

“Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City” is a non-fiction book written by Eric Toensmeier and Jonathan Bates. The book details the authors’ journey of transforming a neglected urban lot into a thriving edible garden oasis.

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The book is well-written and engaging, combining the author’s personal experiences and observations with information about permaculture, gardening, and ecology. Toensmeier and Bates share their knowledge and passion for gardening, describing the trials and triumphs of creating a food forest in the heart of a city. They highlight the importance of diversity and interdependence in ecosystems, showing how their small lot can serve as a model for sustainable urban agriculture.

One of the strengths of the book is the detail the authors provide about the various plants and systems they incorporate into their garden. They share their knowledge of edible and medicinal plants, as well as the different strategies they use for growing and maintaining them. The book is a great resource for those interested in learning about permaculture and edible gardening.

Another aspect of the book that is well done is the way the authors describe their interactions with the wider community. They write about the challenges and rewards of working with neighbors and community groups, and how their garden has become a source of inspiration and education for others.

Paradise Lot: Two Plant Geeks, One-Tenth of an Acre, and the Making of an Edible Garden Oasis in the City
  • Toensmeier, Eric (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 240 Pages – 01/25/2013 (Publication Date) – Chelsea Green Publishing (Publisher)

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Overall, “Paradise Lot” is a must-read for anyone interested in gardening, permaculture, or sustainable living. It is a beautifully written and inspiring book that shows what is possible when people work together to create a more sustainable future. Whether you have a green thumb or are just curious about urban agriculture, “Paradise Lot” is a delightful and informative read.


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