Permaculture Gardening for the Absolute Beginner

Follow Nature's Map to Grow Your Own Organic Food with Confidence and Transform Any Backyard Into a Thriving Ecosystem

Non-Fiction - Home/Crafts
332 Pages
Reviewed on 10/03/2023
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Author Biography

Josie Beckham is happily a mother of two, writer, and bonafide homesteader. She has been homesteading since 2011, as she does now with her family in SE Virginia near the coast.

Josie grew up playing outdoors, exploring the woods, with a bright-eyed curiosity for wild plants and animals. Her fondness for nature has only grown since she was a little girl.

She particularly enjoys gardening medicinal plants, and she loves being surrounded by critters. She raises a variety of animals, including goats, pigs, rabbits, chickens, and other birds.

She has a background in education, and loves sharing her knowledge with people, especially kids and newcomers! She is passionate about empowering people who feel overwhelmed or unqualified, believing that anyone can get started with some encouragement and practical knowledge.

She also has a background in the arts and design, and she really feels like designing a garden or working on the homestead can be like crafting a work of art, and creating a place of profound joy and beauty.

Josie’s mission is to be that friend on your team, who can walk right beside you with a confident smile, as you take your next steps in making your own dream a reality.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vernita Naylor for Readers' Favorite

If you want to be more focused and in charge of what goes into your body, gardening is one way to do this. Gardening offers several benefits for optimum health depending upon the land, water, and plants that you consider for your gardening odyssey. In Permaculture Gardening for the Absolute Beginner by All We Need Publishing and Josie Beckham, you will learn historical facts about permaculture gardening, why Bill Mollison coined the term permaculture, and to look at gardening from a different perspective using the permaculture concept including potential drawbacks to consider. The reader will learn what it takes to be creative in developing a permaculture garden. A permaculture garden is created organically using nature. For example, during Fall there are a lot of fallen leaves. Why not use those leaves for building your compost? Once you begin to utilize the permaculture gardening concept, you will see that nothing is wasted. Your garden can be in your home, on your windowsill, on your wall, on the deck, or in your backyard. The choice is yours. In this book, you will be taught some nuggets for building a sound environment, how to create a foundation for your garden to thrive, and how to begin a healthier lifestyle.

I loved reading Permaculture Gardening for the Absolute Beginner by All We Need Publishing and Josie Beckham because when I would go walking as a kid, I would see berries and wonder how they got there; regardless I would eat them and enjoy how sweet and juicy they were. No one personally planted those berries that I ate but there they were. As Josie points out, things happen in nature organically. This is the same with a permaculture garden where you will begin to understand the importance of allowing your garden process to flow naturally with minimal effort from you. Once you set the ideal conditions for your garden to thrive, considering the type of soil you have, your hardiness vs. permaculture zones, type of herbs and plants that you require, it is best to journal your process. With these factors in place, your garden, just like nature, will take care of itself. As a novice gardener, to see my harvest gives me a feeling of accomplishment and it is such a pleasure to taste the freshness in my foods. Whether you are a novice like me or an advanced gardener, this book is an ideal resource.

Laurie Browne

I have never had a garden before, although both my parents were avid gardeners. We always had plenty extra to share with neighbors and lots of healthy veggies for the family. So, as an adult, I have wanted to live that healthy lifestyle again, but the basic row-by-row garden plan has been daunting for me. Way too much work with the busy life I live.

BUT I AM EXCITED NOW that I have this CLEARLY WRITTEN and WELL-ORGANIZED book. Gardening is doable now that I have a guidebook. I am on the road to a healthier life!

THANK YOU, JOSIE BECKHAM. I am getting pots this week. I can do this!

Gary Barton

This is a masterpiece, combining chapters with step-by-step methods and advice on implementing home gardening techniques in any and all available locations, while also providing vision and mission statements based on the core principles of permaculture, adapted to include both personal and community benefits, as well as encouraging the entrepreneur and innovator in all of us. The practical is well outlined, and the needed details are abundant. The author’s humor bridges insight and information in a compelling style.