As many of you know, my husband and I have had a home garden for years. While I didn’t start seriously growing vegetables until the pandemic, we have always had fruiting plants, trees, and of course, my container garden on our deck. That being said, I strongly believe we could do a better job, especially since I seldom use the full area that my husband tills for me (mostly due to lack of planning or too few plants). Knowing there has to be a better way to prepare and plan out my garden, I was excited when I got the opportunity to review a new gardening book – The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem.
The Regenerative Garden: What Is It
Are you looking for a book to teach you about permaculture and creating the perfect ecosystem for your garden? If so, we think you will love The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem by Stephanie Rose. Here is what the publisher has to say about this book:
Discover how to work with nature, instead of against it, by employing permaculture techniques to create a garden that is not just more beautiful and productive, but also more resilient.
While the word permaculture might sound intimidating, the principals behind it are not. The main goal of permaculture is to turn your space into a functioning ecosystem that’s less reliant on external resources and better able to sustain itself through many seasons of growth and change as it resists pests, diseases, and climate extremes. Whatever the size of your space, from a tiny patio garden to a big backyard, and whether you grow food, flowers, shrubs, trees, or a combination of all, The Regenerative Garden is here to help you become a better, more eco-conscious gardener.
Through 80 DIY projects, author Stephanie Rose of the popular website Garden Therapy introduces you to basic backyard permaculture concepts in an easy-to-follow, logical way. Each of the six chapters represents a living element of the garden, capable of playing a valuable role in its constant regeneration, including soil, water, plants, climate, ethics, and community. As you check these projects off your to-do list, you’ll find you’ve reduced your long-term work load, conserved water and other resources, turned your yard into a habitat for wildlife, and learned to grow perennial foods in creative ways.
The 80 featured projects include step-by-step instructions on how to:
- Employ intensive planting to reduce weeding and watering chores
- Use living mulches to amend the soil
- Build self-watering planters and wicking beds to reduce water use
- Install a rain garden to catch runoff
- Plant a wildlife hedge to support creatures and create a windbreak and noise buffer
- Compost projects and systems to repurpose waste on-site
- Make a butterfly migration station to support pollinators of all sorts
A healthy, organic, regenerative garden is a perfect example of a self-sustaining ecosystem; everything works in tandem, is intricately connected, and comes full circle to create its own never-ending cycle of life.
The Regenerative Garden: Our Thoughts
When my copy of Regenerative Gardening arrived, I honestly couldn’t wait to get reading, especially with me starting to play ahead for our spring garden. From what I have seen, I love this book and all the excellent information, DIY projects, and of course, gorgeous information pictures.
It is perfect for creating the perfect ecosystem to keep your garden thriving while naturally keeping away pests. It goes over everything from soil, water, plants, creating privacy garden walls and growing perennial foods. Even though some DIY projects may be a little time-consuming, they are very much worth the time and are easily approachable with pictures and step-by-step guides. Overall, I consider The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem a must for any gardener’s collection!
The Regenerative Garden: Where to Purchase
Would you like to purchase this book for yourself or a gardener in your life? You can pre-order The Regenerative Garden: 80 Practical Projects for Creating a Self-sustaining Garden Ecosystem for under $25 in (paperback or hardcover) on Amazon. Who knew taking care of an organic garden could be so fun and easy?