One Straw Revolution, by Masanobu Fukuoka

Throughout the course of many years of my writing about and teaching classes on a wide variety of horticulture topics, I have always attempted to incorporate an overarching theme of self sufficiency and permaculture techniques. Techniques which I have also attempted to put into practice here at the Green Tiger Forest Garden project. I am deeply indebted in this venture to the knowledge, writings and skill of those who have come before me. This is especially so to one of the earliest and most revolutionary proponents of self sufficient, natural and permaculture farming practices; the late Masanobu Fukuoka. There have been many good books written on the topic since, but in… Read More

Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, by Michael Moore

I have been a nurseryman and grower specializing in edible, ceremonial and (especially) medicinal plants for use in gardens and landscapes here on the central coast of California (Monterey Bay) for the last ten years. I am also an amateur herbalist; sometimes “wildcrafting”* what I need but do not yet grow in my gardens. I have often searched and been asked for recommendations on good and appropriate literature on the topic. There is, in my humble opinion, no better book on the subject with regards to medicinal plants in our area than that which you see pictured here before you, “Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West” by Michael Moore. Michael… Read More

Wild Fermentation: the Flavor, Nutrition, and Craft of Live Cultured Foods, by Sandor Ellix Katz

The first batch of sour pickles are in the crock and will be ready in just about a day! If you haven’t yet found this book, then I highly recommend you to do! So many recipes beyond pickles for vegetable krauts & Kimchis, miso & tempeh, beers, wines, & meads, yogurt & cheese, sourdough breads and more! Simple clear instructions on how to turn your gardens bounty and real food ingredients into super healthy fare. I am completely hooked on “wild fermentation!”

Gardening at the Dragon’s Gate, by Wendy Johnson

This is perhaps one of the most beautiful masterworks of horticulture I have read.  Focused in and about the Green Gulch Zen center in Marin County, Northern California, (a place I have often been by on my way up the coast to Stinson beach).  Author Wendy Johnson a Zen Buddhist meditation teacher and, (now retired), pioneer and leader of the centers gardens grown in the fields that “Curve like an enormous green dragon between the hills and the ocean” shares her experiences and profound knowledge in a manner that leaves one, in the words of Joanna Macy; “…shaken into a fuller, gladder life.” This book is “Fundamental work that permeates… Read More

Genre: horticulture
Illustrated by Davis Te Selle