Sepp Holzer's Permaculture: A Practical Guide to Small-Scale, Integrative Farming and Gardening

By Sepp Holzer - 256 pages - 2004 (2011)Back To Books
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Description

"Sepp Holzer farms steep mountainsides in Austria 1,500 meters above sea level. His farm is an intricate network of terraces, raised beds, ponds, waterways and tracks, well covered with productive fruit trees and other vegetation, with the farmhouse neatly nestling amongst them. This is in dramatic contrast to his neighbors' spruce monocultures. In this book, Holzer shares the skill and knowledge acquired over his lifetime. He covers every aspect of his farming methods, not just how to create a holistic system on the farm itself, but how to make a living from it. Holzer writes about everything from the overall concepts, down to the practical details.Holzer offers a wealth of information for the gardener, smallholder or alternative farmer yet the book's greatest value is the attitudes it teaches. He reveals the thinking processes based on principles found in nature that create his productive systems. These can be applied anywhere." (from Amazon)

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Content

In Sepp Holzer's Permaculture readers will learn:
  • How he sets up a permaculture system
  • The fruit varieties he has found best for permaculture growing
  • How to construct terraces, ponds, and waterways
  • How to build shelters for animals and how to work with them on the land
  • How to cultivate edible mushrooms in the garden and on the farm
  • and much more!

Table of Content

(from Kriso)
  • Foreword ix
  • Preface xi
  • Introduction xv
  • 1 Landscape Design
    • Early Childhood Experiences 1(1)
    • Past Mistakes 2(3)
    • The Permaculture Landscape 5(5)
      • General 5(3)
      • Reshaping the Land with an Excavator 8(1)
      • Dealing with the Authorities 9(1)
    • Setting up a Permaculture System 10(9)
      • General Questions 10(1)
      • Assessing the Land 11(1)
      • Aspect and Climate 11(2)
      • Soil Conditions 13(1)
        • Assessing the Soil 13(1)
        • Characteristics of `Light' and `Heavy' Soil 14(1)
        • Indicator Plants 14(4)
        • Experiences with Different Types of Soil 18(1)
    • Design Ideas 19(5)
      • Test Areas 19(2)
      • Microclimates 21(3)
    • Terraces and Paths 24(7)
      • Building a Terrace System 25(1)
        • Width 25(1)
        • Gradient 25(1)
        • Risers and Separating Material 26(1)
        • Working with Water 27(1)
        • Stabilising the System 28(2)
      • Managing a Terrace Culture 30(1)
    • Humus Storage Ditches 31(2)
      • Raised Beds 33(11)
      • Design Ideas 33(4)
      • Designing a Raised Bed System 37(3)
      • Managing Raised Beds 40(2)
      • Pick-your-own 42(2)
    • Waterscapes 44(9)
      • Building Water Gardens and Ponds 47(3)
      • Design Ideas 50(1)
      • Possible Uses 51(2)
  • 2 Alternative Agriculture
    • Basic Ideas 53(1)
    • Soil Fertility 54(2)
    • Green Manure 56(9)
      • Green Manure Crops 57(1)
      • My Method 58(4)
      • Mistakes 62(1)
      • Plant List 62(3)
    • Ways to Regulate Problem Plants 65(3)
    • Old Varieties and Plant Diversity 68(6)
      • Cereals 70(2)
      • Growing and Processing Brandroggen 72(2)
    • Tips for Polycultures 74(3)
    • Alpine Plants 77(3)
    • Alternative Ways to Keep Livestock 80(11)
      • Pigs in a Permaculture System 81(1)
      • Characteristics of a Few Old Pig Breeds 82(1)
        • Mangalitza 82(1)
        • Swabian-Hall Swine 82(1)
        • Duroc 82(1)
        • Turopolje 83(1)
      • Pigs as Helpers 83(2)
      • Keeping Pigs Using a Paddock System 85(2)
      • Wild Cattle and Old Domestic Cattle Breeds 87(2)
      • Keeping Bovine Species 89(1)
      • Feed 89(2)
    • Poultry 91(4)
      • Bird Conservation 91(1)
      • Keeping Poultry Humanely 92(3)
    • Earth Cellars and Open Shelters 95(9)
      • Earth Shelters as Pigsties 95(1)
      • Roundwood Shelters and Cellars 96(3)
      • Use as a Storage Room 99(2)
      • Stone Cellars 101(3)
  • 3 Fruit Trees
    • Possible Uses 104(4)
    • The Wrong Way to Cultivate Fruit Trees 108(2)
    • My Method 110(4)
    • Protection Against Browsing 114(1)
    • Fruit Varieties 115(9)
      • Recommended Old Apple Varieties 116(4)
      • Recommended Old Pear Varieties 120(1)
      • Recommended Old Damson and Plum Varieties 121(1)
      • Wild and Sour Cherries 122(1)
      • Apricot and Peach Varieties 123(1)
    • Propagating and Grafting 124(7)
      • Rootstock 124(1)
      • Scion 125(1)
      • Grafting 126(1)
        • Whip and Tongue Grafting 127(1)
        • Cleft Grafting 127(3)
        • Bud Grafting 130(1)
        • Bridge Grafting 130(1)
    • Sowing a Fruit Forest 131(4)
      • The `Shock Method' 133(2)
    • Processing, Marketing and Selling 135(2)
  • 4 Cultivating Mushrooms
    • General 137(1)
    • Health Benefits 138(2)
    • The Basics of Mushroom Cultivation 140(1)
    • Growing Mushrooms on Wood 140(4)
      • Mushrooms for Growing on Wood 141(1)
      • Substrate 142(1)
      • Mushroom Spawn 143(1)
        • Propagating Spawn Yourself 144(5)
      • Creating and Maintaining the Culture 144(4)
      • Tips 148(1)
    • Growing Mushrooms on Straw 149(5)
      • Mushrooms for Growing on Straw 149(1)
      • Substrate 149(2)
      • Mushroom Spawn 151(1)
      • Creating and Maintaining the Culture 151(3)
      • Tips154(1)
    • Cultivating Wild Mushrooms 154(5)
  • 5 Gardens
    • Kitchen Gardens 159(4)
      • Memories of our Gachtl 161(2)
    • The Pharmacy on the Doorstep 163(6)
      • Calendula Salve 168(1)
      • Lemon Thyme and Thyme Oil169(1)
      • Chicory Tea for Diabetics 169(1)
      • Tormentil 169(1)
    • Vegetable Patch 169(1)
    • The Most Important Work in Our Gachtl 170(4)
    • Natural Fertiliser 174(6)
      • Alternative Composting Methods 174(2)
      • Mulch 176(1)
      • Liquid Fertiliser 177(1)
      • My Method 178(2)
    • Helpers in the Garden and Regulating Fellow Creatures 180(7)
      • Voles 182(1)
      • Slugs and Snails 183(2)
      • Earthworms -- Nature's Ploughs 185(1)
      • Breeding Earthworms 186(1)
    • Characteristics of Town Gardens 187(12)
      • How Children Experience Nature 187(2)
      • Design Characteristics 189(3)
      • Terraces and Balcony Gardens 192(5)
      • Bypass Technique 197(2)
    • Plant List 199(6)
      • Vegetables 199(2)
      • Medicinal and Culinary Plants 201(4)
  • 6 Projects
    • Scotland 205(5)
    • Thailand 210(4)
    • Berta: a Project for Lebenshilfe Ausseerland 214(3)
  • Concluding Thoughts 217(1)
  • The Author 218(1)
  • The Co-Authors 219(1)
  • Index

See Also

External Links

  1. Sepp Holzer's Permaculture - Foreword by Patrick Whitefield