by Bill Mollison

After the 3 Days of Darkness, we may wake up to a burned out landscape and a changed weather system in our area. We may need to move to Brittany, France, or we may be able to plant seeds and start again where we are, with some strategies to combat climate changes (for example, strong winds without the protection of trees).

Whether in Brittany or elsewhere, we will have the best results if we employ the strategies used in Permaculture.

Bill Mollison is the father of Permaculture and runs the Permaculture Institute out of Tasmania, Australia. His website, provides online classes and all the learning materials you will need to know how to begin again.

Chapter 1: Introduction 

Chapter 2: Design in Landscape

Chapter 3: Soil Improvement

Chapter 4: Broad-scale Techniques

Chapter 5: Design for Difficult Climates

Chapter 6: Structures

Chapter 7: Waterworks

Chapter 8: Free-Range Poultry Design

Chapter 9: On Permaculture and Community


If you do not know what Permaculture is, go on Youtube and see some videos. Land layout, weather, water, and animals make for exciting inter-connectedness which can result in successful farming and raising of animals:

Chapter 1: Permaculture Principles (such as energy cycling, and small-scale intensive systems)

Chapter 2: Broad-scale Site Design

Chapter 3: Pattern Understanding

Chapter 4: Structures

Chapter 5: The Home Garden

Chapter 6: Orchards, Farm Forestry, and Grain Crops

Chapter 7: Animal Forage Systems and Aquaculture

Chapter 8: Urban and Community Strategies

Appendix A: List of Some Useful Permaculture Plants

Appendix B: Species Lists in Useful Categories

Appendix C: Common and Latin Plant Names

Appendix D: Glossary


by Steve Solomon

If you like working with measurements, charts and worksheets, this book is for you! 

Chapter 1: Why Nutrient-Dense Food?

Chapter 2: History From a Nutritional Viewpoint

Chapter 3: The Shit Method of Agriculture

Chapter 4: Complete Organic Fertilizer

Chapter 5: Remineralization

Chapter 6: Le Batterie de Cuisine

Chapter 7: The Soil Prescription

Chapter 8: Soils with Excesses

Chapter 9: Compost

Appendix C has the following worksheets: Acid Soil Worksheet, Excess Cations Worksheet, and Calcareous Soil Worksheet.

Four-Season Harvest

These cold frames are easy to build. You can use old windows on top and make the box out of bricks, wood, hay bales, anything that will hold the soil. Nails and hinges are optional!


by Eliot Coleman



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Presenting the Four-Season Harvest

Chapter 2:  Getting Started 

Chapter 3:  The Living Soil:  Compost

Chapter 4:  The Outdoor Garden:  Planning and Preparing

Chapter 5:  Seeds for Four Seasons

Chapter 6:  The Outdoor Garden:  Planting and Cultivating

Chapter 7:  Garden Helpers

Chapter 8:  Envisioning the Winter Garden

Chapter 9:  The Covered Garden:  Cold Frames

Chapter 10:  The Covered Garden:  Greenhouses and High Tunnels

Chapter 11:  The Underground Garden:  Root Crops, Roots Cellars, and Indoor Harvesting

Chapter 12:  Protecting Plants:  The Reactive Approach

Winter Gardening

The heat from the house will also help the plants in these two cold frames to keep from freezing. This type of winter harvest is continuous, and not difficult, since everything is just steps from the door.


by Binda Colebrook



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  The Principles of Winter Gardening

Chapter 2:  Winter Gardening Mechanics

Chapter 3:  Cloches, Frames and Polytunnels

Chapter 4:  Sharecroppers

Chapter 5:  Which Vegetables and Herbs to Grow

Gardening When It Counts

Your seeds for spring should also include flowers that feed pollinators such as bees and butterflies. Some summer vegetables cannot grow without the help of pollinators.


by Steve Solomon



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Introduction:  The Coming Hard Times, etc

Chapter 2:  Basics

Chapter 3:  Tools and Tasks

Chapter 4:  Garden Centers

Chapter 5:  Seeds

Chapter 6:  Watering . . . and Not

Chapter 7:  Compost

Chapter 8:  Insects and Diseases

Chapter 9:  What to grow . . . and How to Grow It

Chapter 10:  Bibliography


The Sprout Garden

Once sprouted, these seeds and legumes have more nutrition to offer. Plus, if you are on the move, you can carry these in your backpack, sprout as you go, and you will not starve.


by Mark M. Braunstein



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  A Sproutariam Seminarium:  Why to Sprout

Chapter 2:  Sprout Ins & Outs:  What to Sprout

Chapter 3:  The Sprout Route:  How to Sprout

Chapter 4:  About Each Sprout

Chapter 5;  Radicle Vegetarian Recipes


Dead Daisies Make Me Crazy

Composting is the way to make nutrient-rich soil to feed your fruits and veggies as they grow.

by Loren Nancarrow and Janet Hogan Taylor



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Why Organic?

Chapter 2:  Garden and Lawn Diseases and Remedies

Chapter 3:  Pest Control Solutions for the Garden and Lawn

Chapter 4:  Make-It-Yourself Fertilizers, Mulches, and Compost

Chapter 5:  Planting, Potting, and Maintenance Solutions, and Some Tips on Tools

Chapter 6:  Wildlife Loves an Organic Garden

Square Foot Gardening

These planks of wood are where you walk. You can also stand your sprinkler on these and irrigate from the middle outwards.


by Mel Bartholomew



Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Introduction

Chapter 2:  What Is the Square Foot Method?

Chapter 3:  Garden Sizes and Basic Layouts

Chapter 4:  Tools for the Square Foot Garden

Chapter 5:  Getting Started -- Sun, Soil, Drainage and Location

Chapter 6:  Garden Planning:  What and When to Plant

Chapter 7:  Basic Spacing and Planting Methods

Chapter 8:  Vertical Growing

Chapter 9:  Structures to Build

Chapter 10:  Starting Plants from Seed

Chapter 11:  Transplanting

Chapter 12:  Watering

Chapter 13:  Controlling Weeds, Pests, and Diseases

Chapter 14:  Enjoying the Harvest

Chapter 15:  Extending the Growing Season

Chapter 16:  End-of-Season Activities

Chapter 17:  Special Gardens

Chapter 18:  A Guide to Growing Crops by the Square Foot Method

The Pruning Book

Pruning is like getting a hair cut: it encourages new growth. Beware of buying or having gardening books that use the word "Bible" in their titles. The only Bible is our Holy Bible, our collection of the Holy Scriptures.


by Lee Reich


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Why Prune?

Chapter 2:  Tools of the Trade

Chapter 3:  Plant Response to Pruning

Chapter 4:  Deciduous Ornamental Bushes

Chapter 5:  Deciduous Ornamental Trees

Chapter 6:  Evergreen Trees and Bushes

Chapter 7:  Ornamental Vines

Chapter 8:  Edible Fruits and Nuts

Chapter 9:  Houseplants

Chapter 10:  Herbaceous Plants

Chapter 11:  Pollarding

Chapter 12:  Pleaching

Chapter 13:  Topiary

Chapter 14:  Standards

Chapter 15:  Mowing

Chapter 16:  Bonsai

Chapter 17:  Espalier

Root Cellaring

An underground root cellar, with a house over top or 3 feet of dirt over its roof will also shield your family from nuclear radiation.

This is smart planning, and it is not hard to do.

Read Cresson Kearney's "Nuclear War Survival Skills" in our section called SURVIVAL BOOKS.

Also, remember that the prophecies of Marie-Julie mention very strong earthquakes, so secure shelves and items on shelves, especially glass!

Vermin (rats) can smell stored food, even when packaged, and they will chew through plastic storage containers, so you may want to try metal containers with tightly secured lids.


by Mike and Nancy Bubel


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Planting Crops for Fall Storage

Chapter 2:  Good Keepers

Chapter 3:  Growers Keepers:  How to Raise Top-Quality Storage Keepers

Chapter 4:  How to Harvest and Prepare Vegetables for Storage

Chapter 5:  Life After Picking

Chapter 6:  Spoilage

Chapter 7:  Food Value in Winter Keepers

Chapter 8:  Vegetables

Chapter 9:  Fruits

Chapter 10:  The Underground Garden

Chapter 11:  Other Good Food to Keep in Natural Cold Storage

Chapter 12:  Trenches, Keeping-Closets, and Other Vegetable and Fruit Hideaways

Chapter 13:  Planning Your Root Cellar

Chapter 14:  Keeping Things Humming in the Root Cellar

Chapter 15:  The Basement Root Cellar

Chapter 16:  The Excavated Root Cellar

Chapter 17:  Root Cellaring Experiences

Chapter 18:  Cooking Sturdy Keepers

Seed Sowing and Saving

How to save seeds so that they remain able to germinate is a skill that requires a bit of learning and planning. Buy heritage, non-GMO seeds from online sources and read how to store them properly. Saving seeds is so important for after the 3 Days of Darkness.


by Carole B. Turner


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Sowing Seeds

Chapter 2:  From Seed to Bloom

Chapter 3:  Selecting Plants for Seed Saving

Chapter 4:  Collecting and Storing Seeds

Chapter 5:  Annual Vegetables

Chapter 6:  Biennial and Perennial Vegetables

Chapter 7:  Annual Flowers

Chapter 8:  Biennial and Perennial Flowers

Appendices:  Optimal Germination Temperatures for Seeds, etc.

The Complete Guide to Saving Seeds

Here is the perfection of the seed. Warmth, moisture, nutrients and light is all a seed needs to grow.


by Robert Gough and Cheryl Moore-Gough


Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Seed Biology 101

Chapter 2:  Growing Plants for Seeds

Chapter 3:  Harvesting and Cleaning Seeds

Chapter 4:  Seed Storage Know-How

Chapter 5:  All About Germination

Chapter 6:  Sowing Seeds and Raising Transplants

Chapter 7:  Breeding Your Own Varieties

Chapter 8:  Saving Vegetable Seeds

Chapter 9:  Saving Herb Seeds

Chapter 10:  Saving Flower Seeds

Chapter 11:  Advanced Seed Saving:  Nuts, Fruits, & Woody Ornamentals