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That was interesting - my search didn't bring up anything useful on Esther.
"She inspired many famous gardeners including Bill Mollison of the Permaculture Movement although she said "it is not quite how I would do it", implying she did not allow nature to take over, but retained formality with strict garden edges and more annuals."
I'm halfway between Esther and Bill with my thinking at the moment. If I ever get my hands on that imaginary bit of land on the Sunshine Coast hinterland perhaps I could practice a little more. I think in a suburban backyard a little bit of formality is needed in the form of garden edges or it can look really unkempt.
I visited a yard like this a few years back on a suburban block. Huge trees and unrestraint all over a small block. It was not a good look.
A fancy retirement village on the flasher part of the northside of Sydney. Checking Wiki doesn't have a dedicated entry for her, but this is interesting anyway.
She's still alive? Good lord. She's gray haired on the book I bought back around late 70's.
Where does she live do you know?
In another lifetime I met Esther Deans - afaik she's still with us at 90+ - she used a pendulum to gauge the life-force in the ingredients. In her own sweet way and along with Ruth Stout in America, the 'no dig' movement was fostered.
While hunting for Jeffreys book I came across this book list at one of the Organic gardening sites. I really must read Bill Millisons book. I have Esthers book and it was a real eye opener for me years ago when I used to spend hours turning the sod. Don't do that any more!
Growing without Digging - Esther Dean
Pests, Predators and Pesticides - Jeanette Conacher
The magic of Mulch - Michael Roads
Companian Planting in Australia - Brenda Little
Safer Pest Control - Paul Rogers
The Bug Book - Helen & John Philbrick
Permaculture - Bill Mollison
Seed Production for Australian Home Vegetable Gardener - Allen & Christina Barry
Thanks for the info on the book Liz. I've ordered a copy from the Albany Creek Library and will collect it today and have a read. Currently reading One Straw Revolution by Masanobu Fukuoka and while it's essentially about his efforts to grow rice and an orchard his basic ideas of chemical free gardening using the previous crop to mulch and fertilise the next crop is exactly what I do.
Dang - used to own that, or at least, an earlier edition. Thanks for the tip, will check - we're in the same Library circuit so I should be able to get it.
Jeffrey Hodges - Natural gardening in australia. He tries to make it easy and do-able for the average backyard gardener... I got the book from Arana Hills library and then bought a copy on ebay.
Who's the Brisbane guy, Liz? Maybe I could check his book out at the Library.
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