Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture Book Review The Down and Dirty

This post is Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture book review. From front to back this book is 232 pages and consists of 6 chapters, each with many sub chapters. The book covers his farming practices, experiments, experiences and some mistakes all on his own farm.  A picture of his book is shown in the picture titled “Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture Book”.

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture Book Review

Sepp Holzer’s Permaculture Book Review

Sepp’s farm, called the Krameterhof, consists of 100 acres on a mountainside surrounded by a monoculture of spruce trees. The Krameterhof has terraces, raised beds, ponds, fruit trees and many other features that are quite different than the surrounding landscape in Austria.

The chapters in this book include Landscape Design, Alternative Agriculture, Fruit Trees, Cultivating Mushrooms, Gardens, and Projects.

Landscape Design

In Landscape Design, he talks about his childhood and what got him started in this line of work as well as mistakes he made along the way. He talks about permaculture and how to set up a permaculture system and ventures into microclimates, how to build a terrace, raised beds, and waterscapes.

Alternative Agriculture

In Alternative Agriculture he gets into soil fertility, green manures, plant diversity and polyculture. He talks about alternative ways to keep livestock to include pigs and poultry.

Fruit Trees

In Fruit Trees he goes into the wrong way of doing things and then his way of doing things. He gets into fruit varieties, propagation and grafting, how to grow a fruit forest, and how to process, market, and sell what you grow.

Cultivating Mushrooms

In Cultivating Mushrooms he goes into the health benefits of mushrooms, the basics of how to cultivate mushrooms, and how to grow them in wood and straw. He also goes into cultivating wild mushrooms.


In Gardens, topics such as kitchen gardens, medicinal gardens and vegetable patches are discussed. He talks about natural fertilizers, helpers and pests in gardens and characteristics of town gardens. In this chapter he has tables of companion plants as well as a table of medicinal plants.


In his Projects chapter he talks about projects he has worked on including those in Scotland and Thailand. This chapter gives a lot of pictures and describes what they did on these projects. I have always found it easier to learn by looking at what others have done than looking at words alone. This is a great chapter for those that learn through what others have done.

The Book

This book has a cover price of $29.95 and is a good read. Unfortunately, this is one of the first books I read and some of the concepts were beyond my interests at the time. Now that I have a great deal more education and a PDC under my belt, I will thoroughly read it again from cover to cover. For the purpose of this review I only skimmed through the book and I see all kinds of things I missed or wasn’t interested in first time around. With that said, I would recommend some basic understanding of permaculture principles prior to reading this book. It would make this book a much better read and you will retain a great deal more. For more information on purchasing this book please visit

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