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The Minimalist Gardener


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Patrick Whitefield (1949 - 2015) was an early pioneer of permaculture, adapting Bill Mollison's teachings with a strong Southern Hemisphere bias to the cooler, maritime climate of the British Isles. He wrote a number of seminal books, including Permaculture in a Nutshell (1993), How to Make a Forest Garden (1996), The Living Landscape (2009), How To Read the Landscape (2014) and his magnum opus, The Earth Care Manual (2004), an authoritative resource on practical, tested, cool temperate permaculture. Patrick appeared in several BBC TV programmes, popular gardening videos, and taught many permaculture and other practical courses, throughout the UK.


This collection of Patrick's writings show what a clear-thinking and knowledgeable pioneer he was. Shining through with tremendous value is his obvious practical experience.Martin Crawford, author of Creating A Forest Garden and Trees for Gardens, Orchards and Permaculture; full of practical, achievable real life examples and projects this book is a wonderfully comprehensive guide to growing a productive, low maintenance garden in a small space. A great collection of Patrick's lifetime of permaculture knowledge and wisdom. Anna Kelsey, author of Edible Perennial Gardening; packed with design principles and examples for small gardens, Patrick's down-to-earth legacy continues to inspire. Ben Law, woodsman, ecobuilder and author of The Woodland Way and The Woodland House.

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