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Toby Hemenway (page 2 of 2)

by Kathy Bond Borie

Gaia's Garden

Gaia's Garden
Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home Scale Permacaulture

Toby admits he took on way too much in the beginning. He planted walnut trees, 30 different kinds of apple trees, and more than he could manage. "Then when everything started failing I pulled back and remembered, 'Start at your doorstep,'" says Toby. "Think about how often the plant needs you and how often you need it, and put the ones you use the most closest to you. As each small part of the garden becomes successful, then expand it further and further away.

"Within 15 feet from his door are salad greens, leeks, snapdragons, yarrow, a passionflower covering a trellis, and more. "We used to have a garden further away," he says. "That was my daily commute; I'd put on my work boots, grab my tools, and wave goodbye to my wife. Now it's so close by that nothing gets out of control. I don't go out to the garden to work, I go out to play.

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