• Think Like an Ecosystem

  • An Introduction to Permaculture, Water Systems, Soil Science and Landscape Design
  • By: Amélie des Plantes
  • Narrated by: Brian Pederson
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (35 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Do you wish to build an affordable, sustainable, low-maintenance, and abundant garden? 

Permaculture makes the most use of what nature provides for us by using specific design strategies to maximize nature’s gifts such as food, energy, and shelter. A counter to heavy industrial farming, permaculture is all about conscious planning that caters to the human needs while also respecting and healing the natural environment.

At its core, it involves drawing inspiration from nature to build an ecosystem that thrives just like a natural forest, grassland, or any other such ecosystem.

In Think Like an Ecosystem, you’ll discover:

  • A comprehensive nine-step guide to practicing and implementing permaculture (curated for beginners)
  • The 12 crucial principles of permaculture—observe and replicate nature’s finest solutions to maximize efficiency
  • A beginner-friendly guide to water management, including rainwater harvesting and irrigation systems for water conservation
  • How to create living nutrient-rich soil—command the power of simple composting and mulching methods
  • The many benefits of no-till gardening—preserve your soil and improve its quality
  • How to build your own garden beds—from popular raised-bed and in-ground methods to exotic methods like hügelkultur and herb spirals
  • The A-Z of plant guilds and companion planting—a comprehensive list of plants to grow together to maximize your output
  • Integrated pest management—100 percent natural, organic and eco-friendly
  • And much more

Permaculture can often feel overwhelming, and while you may plan big for your backyard, you only need to start small—after all, it is an ever-evolving journey.

Let nature be your guide to sustainable living.

If you want to start practicing permaculture and reap all its benefits, then you need to listen to this audiobook today!

©2022 Amélie des Plantes (P)2022 Amélie des Plantes

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Inspiring!

This book enlightened me on a lot of aspects of my gardening practices. I actually didn't know the difference between organic gardening and Permaculture, and I'm inspired to change my habits and gardening tactics - Especially my water habits and my soil preparations.

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Lovely Book!

If you are a nature lover, you definitely gonna love this book. Gardening and plantation is kind of self therapy and it gives a sense of relaxation when there's full of trees and plants around us. This book has everything that will change you as a nature lover and also has some beautiful insights about soil.

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Permaculture perfection!

This book has been a beginner gardener's dream! It is full of knowledge to help nurture your garden and make your own compost! I love the chapter on maintaining your ecosystem, as many books don't give you this essential guidance and understanding. I honestly feel confident with my gardening abilities after reading this book, I look forward to watching my newly planted raised beds flourish! Anyone wanting to understand permaculture needs to give this a listen!

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Great steps to grow your own permaculture garden

This book provided great information and steps in helping me design and set up my own permaculture. This book will definitely provide all of the information needed to be sustainable while protecting the environment.

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Fantastic!

As much as I wanted to get into permaculture all these years, I was always intimidated by the idea. This book was a great introduction into learning more about this topic. I was especially drawn to the chapter that talked about companion plants and plant guilds. I'm excited to give this a try now that I'm not as scared as I was before listening to this audio book!

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  • 05-10-22

This is a fantastic book!

It's a terrific book for anyone who wants to learn everything there is to know about ecosystems in order to create a beautiful landscape around their home. Understanding the basics is essential for a healthy environment, something you won't learn from simple gardening books. Excellent structure and narration. Anyone who wants the entire overview of a stunning landscape and garden should listen.

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Must read!!!

Great book! Will teach everything there's to understand about ecosystems so as to form a stunning landscape.
It also has Great tips for your lovely garden and water management. Recommend for all beginners in gardening!

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  • 05-09-22

I learned about about permaculture.

Well done book on permaculture.. Something that I never hear a lot about. I liked learning more about various properties of systems, plants and edibles. For me, Ginger was an especially enlightening area of information as I want to grow it around my property.

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Quality resource!

This is perfect as I recently got into gardening and maintaining its quality! Very insightful and just a great learning experience about sustaining the environment around us. It gives you the tools to maintain the ecosystem in a very practical and manageable way so not only will the environment reap the benefits but also everyone around us! My favorite part was about garden design, really helpful tips shared! The narration was done well and at a good pace. Highly recommended! 5 stars!

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The ultimate guide to build your dream garden!

I have been gardening for years and I am so happy that I listened to this book. The author has done a great job of giving you all the best tricks and tips involving rainwater harvesting, gardening, and even pest management. Whether you have been gardening for years or it is a new hobby this book is a must-listen. It will teach you how to integrate your water, plants, and soil to get the best yields and live a sustainable lifestyle. The narrator also has a great voice, a joy to listen to.

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  • Charles Baldwin
  • 05-09-22

Get your garden back to the way nature intended

I think that everyone enjoys a garden, whether it has just flowers, vegetables or even a combination. I know that I do. I have been studying back to nature guides for over 50 years and this is the first concise book I have seen that breaks it down into information that is easy to understand and implement. It makes sense to grow things as nature intended. This book will be even more valuable now and in the future as food costs keep rising and more and more people start growing to supplement the weekly shop. The fact that when you do the gardening, you know what goes into the plants and can control the number of chemicals used, unlike commercial farming, is an added bonus. Get "organic" vegetables without the "organic label" costs!

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  • Rob
  • 05-05-22

Really excited about my garden!

I’m now really excited about my garden! What a fantastic way to think about everything, we so often box things up into packages both metaphorically and physically but we really should be thinking about the bigger picture, the ecosystem! Love this book, and highly recommend

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-16-22

Practical and Informative!

Listening to the audiobook makes me see how wasteful we are as humans. It gives insight into how consumerism is eating the planet, how lots of food is wasted annually and provides how we can use the resources and make the most of what we have with what nature provides and enjoy fresh food to feel healthy and purposefully make a difference. The audiobook is a guide to help those that need help as the author shares knowledge and passion from permaculture on how to use rainwater and integrate animals in a simple practical way for all.

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  • Jessica Brown
  • 04-12-22

Amazing Book

I really loved listening to this book. I learned so much about premaculture. Actually this book give me a lot of information on how I can get started on thinking like a ecosystem. I highly recommend people buying this book.

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  • Kat
  • 03-31-22

Brilliant!

I learned so much from this book! It is absolutely brilliant and I am so excited to begin building my ecosystem! I just moved into a new space and have a bit of room to grow but I wanted it to be affordable and low-maintenance. Using the tools in this book I can create a beautiful, abundant garden. I love the idea of using inspiration from nature. I would highly recommend listening to this if you're looking for a well-planned guide to permaculture,

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  • YA
  • 03-29-22

Eye- opener!!

I love gardening and as now I have a bigger garden, I was looking to start something more eco- friendly!
This book is a great resource if you are looking to start perma-culture gardening!

The author has provided a huge amount of information and tips from explaining the basics of perma culture gardening, designing your garden, a 9- step guide, wildlife habitats to how to maintain your new eco-sysyem garden and much more!

Great book!

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  • Stuart Vetter
  • 03-24-22

Have been looking for a book like this!

I am very new to permaculture and this book was a great listen and helped me out a lot! The principles of permaculture that is discussed in the book were eye opening. This book is very beginner friendly and helped me understand water management and conservation. Highly recommend!