The regenerative landscaper Design and build landscapes that repair the environment

Erik Ohlsen

Book - 2023

"An awe-inspiring guide that weaves together permaculture design, food resiliency, climate adaptation, community organizing, and indigenous wisdom that you can implement in your own backyard. This book has been crafted for beginner gardeners and large scale permaculturists alike . It is a step-by-step manual starting from your landscaping ideas and ending with seeds and trees confidently planted. However, this is more than just a guide to landscaping, it is a motivational read. Throughout The Regenerative Landscaper, Erik addresses climate change, species extinction, and ecological collapse with encouragement that each of us can indeed become stewards of the land. We can do this by installing healthy ecosystems in our own yards. His ...words offer hope and tangible action, inspiring his readers to restore planetary health one garden at a time. The Regenerative Landscaper gives a collection of case studies, step-by-step processes, prevention and mitigation methods, and regenerative land management techniques to steward your land. If you are looking for an easy-to-read manual on designing and implementing your permaculture haven, The Regenerative Landscaper is it" --

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Subjects
Genres
Case studies
Published
Santa Fe, New Mexico : Synergetic Press [2023]
Language
English
Main Author
Erik Ohlsen (author)
Other Authors
Penny Livingston (writer of foreword)
Physical Description
xxiv, 472 pages : illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN
9781957869087
  • Foreword
  • How to Use This Book
  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Wisdom of the Earth
  • Chapter 1. Earth's Design Intelligence
  • The Intelligence of Earth
  • Interdependence
  • The Hydrologic Cycle: The Blue Planet
  • Natural Water Storage
  • Snowpack
  • Vegetative/Animal Storage
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Condensation
  • Bacterial Rainmakers
  • Fungal Rainmakers
  • Water Runoff
  • The Carbon Cycle: Life's Origin
  • Liquid Carbon Pathway
  • Grassland and Forest Carbon
  • Photosynthesis: The Miracle of Life
  • Forest Ecology
  • Wetland Ecology
  • Grasslands Ecology
  • Keystone Species
  • Rivers of Salmon
  • The Power of Bees
  • Red Mangrove Coastlines
  • Bioregional Keystone Species
  • Regenerative Disturbances
  • Mimic Herd Migration
  • Become Fire
  • Chapter 2. The Regenerative Mindset
  • Embrace Earth Wisdom
  • Landscapes Are Ecosystems
  • Animism and Science
  • Regenerative Landscaping Principles
  • Reciprocity
  • Give More than You Take
  • Make the Least Harm
  • Ecological Yield
  • Contextual Design
  • Problems Are Indicators
  • Manage Cyclical Energy
  • Closing Loops in the Landscape
  • Relative Location
  • Redundant Planning
  • Timescale Management
  • Design with Successions
  • Chapter 3. Land-Use Directive
  • A Toxic Legacy
  • Regenerate the Degraded
  • Weaving the Threads Together
  • Lawn Transformation Step by Step
  • Part II. Compose with the Land
  • Chapter 4. Contextual Design
  • When Is the Land?
  • The Story of Place
  • Initial Questions to Ask
  • The Curious Listener
  • Pattern Recognition
  • Cycles (Evolution, Change, Management)
  • The Eagle and Flood Plain
  • Chapter 5. Awareness Practices
  • Walk the Land in Silence
  • Reflective Sitting
  • Community Land Walks
  • The Sit Spot
  • Tracking Journal
  • Chapter 6. Reading the Land
  • Water Patterns
  • Springs and Seeps
  • Low Lying Areas, Bog, Wetlands
  • Look for Water in the Driest Time of Year
  • Vegetation
  • Animal Indicators
  • Natural History
  • Know Your Geology
  • Site Constraints
  • On-site Resources
  • In Field Soil Tests
  • Soil Textures Come in Many Combinations
  • Observing the Soil Profile
  • Land forms
  • Microclimate
  • Wind Patterns
  • Sun Orientation
  • Thermal Mass
  • Fog
  • Infiltration Rate Test
  • Chapter 7. Create a Base Map
  • Hand-Drawn Map
  • Satellite Image
  • Surveyed Map
  • Satellite/Topo Overlay
  • Key Elements to Include in the Base Map
  • Topography
  • Structures
  • Utilities
  • Scale
  • Triangulation Mapping Simplified
  • Case Study: Site Assessment with Kendall Dunnigan
  • Chapter 8. Social Context
  • Social History
  • Know Your Neighbors
  • Project Stakeholders
  • Community Context
  • Chapter 9. Develop Your Vision
  • Attitudes and Behaviors
  • Core Values Development
  • Articulating Goals
  • Part III. Conceptual Landscape Design
  • Chapter 10. Conceptual Design Process
  • Creativity and Imagination
  • Generating Ideas
  • Unlimited Possibilities
  • Concept Planning
  • Real Regeneration Versus Greenwashing
  • Embodied Energy
  • Land Access
  • Question Your Motives
  • Long-Term Design
  • Design Timeline
  • Aesthetics
  • Case Study: The Permaculture Neighborhood Center
  • Chapter 11. Permaculture Design Wisdom
  • Permaculture Principles
  • Stacking Functions
  • Vertical Stacking
  • Planned Redundancy
  • Optimize Edge and Ecotones
  • Design for Catastrophe
  • Use On-site/Biological Resources
  • Catch and Store Energy
  • Permaculture Zoning Strategy
  • Permaculture as a Way of Life
  • Chapter 12. Drafting Design Plans
  • Communicating to Project Stakeholders
  • Drafting the Plan
  • Hand Drafting
  • Digital Drafting
  • Using Elevations
  • Detail Drawings
  • Construction Drawings
  • Color Versus Black-and-White Renderings
  • Professional Design Tips with Emily Mallard
  • Taking Feedback
  • Finalizing Your Master Plan
  • Chapter 13. Design Plan Sets
  • Conceptual Master Plan
  • Planting Plan
  • Utilities Plan
  • Irrigation Plan
  • Hardscape Plan
  • Demolition Plan
  • Staging
  • Grading and Drainage Plan
  • Chapter 14. Phased Project Plan
  • Schedule Changes
  • Phase Abandonment
  • Sequencing
  • Creating a Project Schedule
  • Estimated Duration
  • Time of Year
  • Budgeted Labor/Materials
  • Sequencing (Critical Path)
  • Using a Gantt Chart
  • Project Choreographer
  • Chapter 15. Professional Design Relationships
  • Developing a Design Budget and Identifying Deliverables
  • Meetings
  • Project Parameters
  • Communication Is the Fuel
  • Unrealistic Schedules
  • Case Study: Sebastopol City Hall/Library Landscape
  • Part IV. The World of Soil
  • Chapter 16. Living Soil: The Foundation of Regenerative Landscapes
  • Five Principles of Soil Health
  • Create Living Soil
  • The Soil Community
  • Rhizosphere
  • Plant Exudates
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Protozoa
  • Nematodes
  • Arthropoda
  • Earthworms
  • Birds/Mammals
  • Feed Soil Life
  • Compacted and Hydrophobic Soils
  • Soil Decompaction Techniques and Tools
  • Broad Fork
  • Bucket Decompaction
  • Plants as Subsoilers
  • Case Study: Singing Frogs Farm
  • Soil Testing
  • Reading a Soils Report
  • Phospholipid Fatty Acid (PLFA) Test
  • The Haney Test
  • Slake Test
  • Develop a Soil Regeneration Plan
  • Chapter 17. No-Till Landscaping
  • Mulching
  • Cardboard/Newspaper
  • Wood Chips
  • Straw
  • Manure
  • Compost
  • Leaves
  • Chopped Plants
  • Materials Calculation Equation
  • Chapter 18. Vermiculture
  • The Power of a Worm Bin
  • Build a Worm Bin
  • Worm Bin Design
  • Drainage
  • Airflow
  • Lids
  • Placement
  • Prepping and Adding Worms
  • Feeding Your Worms
  • Caring for Worms
  • Harvesting Castings
  • Chapter 19. Composting
  • Compost Foundations
  • Brown Material
  • Green Material
  • Manures
  • Location
  • Pests
  • Warm Composting
  • Warm Composting Method
  • Hot Composting
  • A Simple Hot Composting Method
  • Double Bin Compost System
  • Buying Compost
  • Chapter 20. Compost Tea and Plant Ferments
  • Aerated Compost Tea
  • Compost Tea Recipe
  • Commercial Brewers
  • Liquid Comfrey Fertilizer
  • Comfrey Fertilizer Recipe
  • Manure Tea
  • Chapter 21. Cover Cropping
  • Timing
  • Disturbances
  • Specific Seed for Specific Yields
  • Nitrogen Fixers
  • Taproot Plants
  • Vegetables/Herbs
  • Grain
  • Insectary Plant Species
  • How to Broadcast Seed
  • Chapter 22. Hügelkultur
  • How to Build Hügelkultur
  • Location
  • Gather the Right Tools
  • Dig the Trench
  • Build in Layers
  • Place the Final Layers
  • Plant the Berm
  • The Benefits of Hügelkultur
  • Microclimate Moderation
  • Raised Planting Bed
  • Water Harvesting
  • Fungal Substrate
  • Concerns
  • Chapter 23. The Fungal Landscape
  • Edible Mushrooms
  • Medicinal Fungi
  • Case Study: In the Dark at Somerset House by Darren Springer
  • Mushroom Cultivation Recipes
  • Erosion Control
  • Toxic Remediation with Fungi
  • Landscapes of Fungi
  • Part V. Water in the Landscape
  • Chapter 24. Design Water Resilience
  • Water Conservation
  • Regenerative Versus Degenerative Water Management
  • Water Harvesting
  • Droughts and Floods
  • Landscapes of Water, Landscape of Life
  • Chapter 25. Identifying Water Sources
  • Precipitation
  • Rivers and Lakes
  • Wells
  • Freshwater Springs
  • Municipal Water
  • Responsible Water Management
  • Case Study: Laundry-to-Landscape Reuse by Connor Devane
  • Case Study: Why Small Solutions Matter by Trathen Heckman
  • Chapter 26. Managing and Harvesting Surface Water
  • Topography
  • Soils
  • Sources and Flows
  • Tracking Water Outflows
  • Landscape Grading
  • Contour
  • Earthworks
  • Avoid Damaging the Sacred
  • Equipment for Installation
  • Time of Year
  • Sequencing Within the Whole Project
  • Water Infiltration Systems
  • Size Appropriately
  • Rain Gardens
  • Building a Contour Water-Harvesting Swale
  • Completing the Project
  • Spillways/Overflow
  • Combine Water Management Techniques
  • Chapter 27. Landscape Drainage Systems
  • Landscape Drainage Systems
  • Grading
  • Water Diversion Channels
  • French Drains
  • Drain Inlets/Pipe Conveyance
  • Drainage and Erosion
  • Drainage and Pollution
  • Chapter 28. Water Distribution
  • Gravity
  • Pumping Water
  • Solar High Lift
  • Well Pump
  • Pressure Tank (Bladder Tank)
  • Booster Pump
  • Hand Pump
  • Surface Flow
  • Piping
  • Natural Water Flows
  • Veins of the Land
  • Chapter 29. Roof Water Harvesting
  • Calculating Roof Water Catchment
  • Capture and Distribution
  • Dry Line Conveyance
  • Wet Line Conveyance
  • Tank Storage
  • Siting Tanks
  • Transfer Tanks
  • Tank Foundations
  • Gutter Retrofitting
  • Using Rainwater
  • Harvesting Abundance
  • Chapter 30. Landscape Ponds
  • Design Functions
  • Siting the Pond
  • Engineering and Permits
  • Excavation and Shaping
  • Spillway and Leveling
  • Installing the Underlayment
  • Installing the Liner
  • Rock Work
  • Installing Pond Infrastructure
  • Case Study: WaterUP/Water School: Johads and Reviving Rivers in Rajasthan, India by Minni Jain and Louise Bingham
  • Earthen Ponds
  • Locating a Pond
  • Impoundment Ponds
  • Aquatic Plants for Pond Systems
  • Chapter 31. Irrigation Systems
  • Designing an Irrigation System
  • Water Demand
  • Sizing the System
  • Flood Irrigation
  • Overhead Sprinklers
  • Drip Irrigation
  • Planning Your System
  • Drip System Installation
  • Pipe-Laying Tricks
  • If You Suspect There Is a Leak in the Irrigation System
  • Irrigation Maintenance
  • Chapter 32. Erosion Control
  • Elements of Erosion
  • Velocity
  • Roads: Problem and Solution
  • Head Cuts
  • Toe of the Slope
  • Biological Erosion Control
  • Straw
  • Broadcast Seeding
  • Planted Overflows
  • Contour Logs
  • Erosion Gullies
  • How to Build a Brush Check Dam
  • Nonbiological Erosion Control
  • Rock Armor
  • Rock Check Dams
  • Rock Walls
  • Boulder Placement
  • Zuni Bowls
  • Water Crossings
  • Temporary Project-Based Erosion Control
  • You Are the Solution
  • Part VI. The Built Environment
  • Chapter 33. The Built Environment
  • Living in the Landscape
  • Hardscape Versus Softscape
  • Build to the Use
  • Relative Location
  • Natural Building
  • Use of Concrete
  • Materials Sourcing
  • Chapter 34. Architectural Elements
  • Decks
  • Benches
  • Shou Sugi Ban
  • Trellises/Arbors
  • Raised Beds
  • How to Build Wooden Raised Beds
  • Building a Cob Oven by Sasha Rabin
  • What Is Cob?
  • Materials
  • Cob Ovens
  • Building the Foundation
  • Setting the Hearth Bricks
  • Creating the Door Opening
  • Creating the Sand Form (the Void of the Oven)
  • Layers of the Oven
  • Earthen Plaster Recipe
  • Oven Roof
  • Oven Door
  • Cooking in Your Cob Oven
  • Materials and Tools for a Cob Oven
  • Recipes
  • Clay Slip
  • Chopped Straw
  • Cob
  • Basic Cob Recipe
  • How to Mix Cob
  • Ratios for Cob Mixes
  • Make These Samples
  • Thermal Mass Versus Insulation
  • Chapter 35. Landscape Patios
  • Sizing
  • Surface Materials
  • Patio Foundations
  • Flagstone Patio
  • Pavers/Brick
  • Decomposed Granite
  • Chapter 36. Landscape Pathways
  • Water Runoff/Drainage
  • Shape and Flow
  • Materials for Pathways
  • Gravel
  • Flagstone
  • Stepping Stones
  • Wood Chips
  • Vegetated Pathways
  • Decomposed Granite
  • Pathway Chases
  • Water-Harvesting Pathway
  • Landscape Steps
  • Chapter 37. Terrace and Rock Wall Systems
  • Walls or No Walls
  • To Consider When Excavating Terraces Staging Terrace Projects
  • Combining Terraces, Swales, and Rain Gardens
  • Rock Walls and Alternatives
  • Benefits of Rock Walls
  • Disadvantages of Rock Walls
  • Urbanite Walls
  • Boulder Walls
  • Placing Boulders
  • Part VII. Planting Earth
  • Chapter 38. Revegetate the Planet
  • Repairing the World with Plants
  • An Ecological Planting Strategy
  • Plant Medicine
  • Plants for Controlling Erosion
  • Soil Building
  • Water Filtration
  • Food Production
  • Nutrient-Dense Food
  • Edible Landscaping
  • Plant Hardiness Zones
  • Chapter 39. Landscape Planting Plans
  • Assess Existing Vegetation
  • Plant Lists
  • Mapping Your Planting Plan
  • Useful Plants
  • The Right Plants for the Space
  • Extending Flowering Times
  • Evergreen Versus Deciduous
  • Permaculture Zoning in Planting Plans
  • Plan for Maturity
  • Choosing Plant Sizes
  • Chapter 40. Plant Communities
  • Structural Plant Combinations
  • Structural Growth Patterns of Trees and Plants
  • Zone by Zone
  • Plants by Function
  • Soil-Building Plants
  • Native Gardens
  • Drought-Tolerant Gardens
  • Cut Flowers
  • Medicinal and Culinary Herbs
  • Grains
  • Plant Fibers
  • Crafting Wood
  • Wetlands
  • Insectary Plants
  • Animal Forage
  • Native Plants Versus Exotic Plants
  • Case Study: EarthSeed Farm
  • Chapter 41. Regenerative Agroforestry
  • Food Forest Agroforestry
  • Orchards
  • Managing Biomass
  • Soil Seed Bank
  • Pollination
  • Prepping Planting Areas
  • Growth Pattern and Longevity
  • Extending Harvests
  • Planting Trees
  • Soil Structure
  • Orientation
  • Water Table
  • Tree Guards
  • Planting Trees by Seed
  • Seeds into the Ground
  • Seeding into Pots
  • Stratification
  • Wet Versus Dry Seed
  • Planting a Bare Root Tree
  • Choosing Fruit and Nut Cultivars
  • Chill Hour Requirements
  • Varieties You Like to Eat
  • Storing and Longevity
  • Cultivars for Fermentation
  • Hedgerows
  • Tips for Growing Regenerative Hedgerows
  • Chapter 42. Managing Trees Systems with Pruning
  • Dead
  • Diseased
  • Directional
  • Pruning for Site
  • Pruning for Shape
  • Pruning Times of the Year
  • Pruning Fruit Wood
  • Pruning Angles
  • Three Ways to Train Scaffold Branches
  • The Power of Your Cuts
  • Thinning Fruit
  • Coppicing
  • Pollarding
  • Chapter 43. Growing Vegetables
  • Nutrient Density
  • Saving Money
  • Food Sovereignty
  • Healthy Soil Equals Healthy Food
  • Four Seasons of Harvest
  • Growing in the Right Season
  • Frost Protection
  • Greenhouse/Hoop House
  • Choosing Vegetable Varieties
  • Grow What You Eat
  • Growing in Season
  • Perennial Vegetables
  • Notable Perennial Vegetables
  • Planting in Cycles
  • Renewing Soil Health
  • Companion Planting
  • Harvesting
  • Preserving the Harvest
  • Harvest/Preservation Tips by Vegetable (A Short List)
  • Pests and Disease
  • Chapter 44. Plant Propagation
  • Propagate by Seed
  • Sowing Seeds
  • Depth of Seed Planted
  • Covering Seeds
  • Seeding in Ground Versus Pots
  • Grow Your Own Plants
  • Cuttings
  • Dig and Divide Roots
  • Grafting
  • Chapter 45. Landscape Maintenance
  • Changing Cultural Aesthetics
  • Vegetation Management
  • Mowing
  • Nontoxic Herbicides
  • Occultation
  • The Art of Weeding
  • Chapter 46. Saving Seed
  • Pollination
  • Self-Pollinated
  • Insect-Pollinated
  • Wind-Pollinated
  • Hand-Pollination
  • When to Harvest Seed
  • Harvesting Wet Seeds
  • Seed Processing
  • Threshing
  • Screening
  • Winnowing
  • Seed Storage
  • Labeling
  • Share the Abundance
  • The Hidden Seeds
  • The Cultural Conservancy and Heron Shadow by Maya Harjo
  • Part VIII. Creatures of the Landscape
  • Chapter 47. Of Wing, Hoof, Claw, and Scale
  • Predator-Prey Relationships
  • Nature Awareness
  • Bird Language
  • Animal Ancestral Compulsion
  • Observing Animal Habitat
  • Animal Behaviors
  • Leave Landscape Habitat Intact
  • Insectary Superstars
  • Integrated Pest Management (An Ecological Approach)
  • Chapter 48. Integrated Pest Management
  • Seasonality
  • Stressed Plants
  • Beneficial Predatory Insects
  • Dragonfly
  • Parasitoid Wasps
  • Ladybugs
  • Lacewings
  • Tachinid Flies
  • Hoverfly
  • Mammals
  • Attracting Birds to the Landscape
  • Nesting
  • Cover/Shelter
  • Forage
  • Bird Boxes
  • Mason Bee Habitat
  • Making Mason Bee Hotels
  • Insectary Plants
  • Flower Shapes
  • Trap Crops
  • Burrowing Mammals
  • Reptiles
  • Amphibians
  • Lizard Habitat
  • Edge Effect
  • Avoid Insecticides (Conventional and Organic)
  • Habitat Ponds
  • Chapter 49. Fencing
  • Single Tall Fence
  • Siting the Fence
  • Choosing Fencing Materials
  • Double Low Fences
  • Electric Fencing
  • Chapter 50. Choosing the Right Animals
  • Beneficial Relationships
  • Stocking
  • Vegetation
  • Terrain
  • Frequency
  • Human Resources
  • Input/Output Analysis
  • Keeping Bees
  • Beehives
  • Log Hives
  • Sheep
  • Goats
  • Cows
  • Safety Considerations for Domesticated Animals
  • Chapter 51. Chicken Systems
  • Varieties
  • Integrating Chickens into the Regenerative Landscape
  • Determine If Chickens Are Appropriate for Your Project
  • Locating the Chicken Coop
  • Protecting Your Chickens
  • Permanent Runs
  • Movable Systems
  • Harvesting
  • Basic Chicken Coop Design
  • Protection from Predators
  • Water Source
  • Food
  • Deep Bedding
  • Part IX. Restore the Wild
  • Chapter 52. Stewards of the Earth
  • Biodiversity
  • Invasive Grasses
  • Site Specific
  • Emergency Resilience
  • Reforestation
  • Bring Back the Prairie
  • Perennial Grasses and Herbs
  • Case Study: Mycoremediation with Dr. Mia Maltz
  • Seed Drilling
  • Build Relationships with Wild Plants
  • Ethical Wild Harvesting Techniques
  • Tending Wild Plants
  • Stimulate Growth and Propagate
  • Seasonality
  • Chapter 53. Lands of Fire
  • Catastrophic (High Intensity) Versus Good Fire (Low Intensity)
  • Fire Frequency
  • Lessons from the Fire
  • Animals and Fire Management
  • Fuel Ladders
  • Prescribed Burning
  • Shaded Fuel Break
  • The Fires Will Return
  • Fireproofing the Landscape
  • Chapter 54. Regenerative Forest
  • Management
  • Ecological Forest Management
  • Selective Thinning
  • Death and Decay
  • Disease Vectors
  • Selecting Trees to Cut
  • Lop and Scatter
  • Protect Existing Saplings
  • Contour Brush Piles
  • Biochar
  • Follow Indigenous Wisdom
  • Acknowledgments
  • References
  • Index