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 " from the legal aspects of local regulations, raising chickens, goats, bees, and more, David Toht presents an excellent introductory reference on how to create one's own steady source of fresh food."
 
James A. Cox
Midwest Book Review
December 2011

From the Back Cover

GETTING STARTED
* Benefits of pure food
* Family recreation
* Local regulations
* Potential yields and savings
RAISING VEGETABLES AND HERBS
* Garden planning/layout
* Structures/irrigation
* Vegetable profi les
* Planting techniques
* Composting/healthy soil
* Seasonal gardening
GROWING FRUITS, BERRIES, AND NUTS
* Planting fruit trees and bushes
* Fruit profiles
* Organic pest control
* Grafting and pruning
* Harvesting methods
RAISING CHICKENS
* The joy of chickens
* Collecting eggs
* Care and feeding tips
* Other small animals
RAISING GOATS
* Benefits of goat milk
* Structures/fencing
* Care and feeding tips
* Other large animals
BEEKEEPING
* Benefits of beekeeping
* Care and harvesting
* Building hives
* Collecting honey
HARVEST HOME
* Canning/drying/freezing
* Making beer, wine, cider
* Making jerky, sausage
* Making jams, jellies
* Pickling/salting/smoking
* Building root cellars
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Product Details

  • Series: Gardening
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Creative Homeowner; First edition (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580115217
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580115216
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is one of many you can find about, well, homesteading in your backyard. It's always good when the title is appropriate to the words within. ;) I own a few of these books, and this one doesn't veer one inch from the beaten track. What I mean by this is not that there is anything wrong with the book, only that if you already own a couple "self-sufficiency" books, this one is not going to shock you with any new information.

It does have quite a number of illustrations, which is great if you are a visual person. In fact, I really think that this is the best thing going for this book. Some of the other "back-to-basics" which I have read which have few pictures. Ordinarily, I am more than fine with this, since, if I have to choose, I'd rather have competent words than a ton of photographs. However, this book is pretty good at having plenty of illustrations without sacrificing the word content, and I appreciate that.

I will warn those of you who are a little neurotic about misspellings, that there were a few in here (and I am not generally very observant about those things, so I can only imagine what a more keen-eyed person would pick up). The photo quality is good, but not great. The information is laid out nicely--quite well organized. My personal favorite homesteading book is the Encyclopedia of Country Living by Carla Emery (the 10th edition), but that book is sorely lacking in organization, so I appreciated this feature in this book.

My favorite section in this book was the part on chicken coops. It had a lot of photographs of different styles, which I appreciated, and went into zoning laws a little more then some of my other books do.

Since this book is supposed to be focused on a backyard, its variety of animals is a little limited.
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This book is a good guide to helping you be more self-sustaining; although I always cringe when I read the statement...self-sustaining which is almost impossible, especially within a backyard.
There is a list of safeties and cautions, but not until you get to the introduction is there a mention that perhaps your community or county/city codes might not allow you to have chickens, much less goats. Some of the down and dirty is brought up, such as having to trim goat's hooves. The charts and plans are very thorough for the most part. The storage sheds have a cut away diagrams and a supplies list, but do not tell you how to build them.
There are many pictures and good descriptions; the garden tools you need are all well depicted, even for novices. Several charts are included such as; how much you should plant and steps for drying vegetables. The specifics for the herbs and vegetables are very complete; telling the life cycle, size, soil needed and propagation, spacing, harvesting guidelines and preserving techniques. Pictures and steps for canning are given step by step

This is a very good guide for those who wish to become more self-sufficient and go more green, even novices would be able to understand most of what they need to do by reading this guide.
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I was at the bookstore looking over all the homesteading books and many of them were very good, but this one had the most full colored pictures and diagrams. I am such a picture person. You can describe something until the cows come home (ha!) but give me a picture and I can DO it! Love this book! Can't wait to get started!
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In a year our family will finally leave our nomadic lifestyle behind (Yay Navy :) ) and we are settling down in a town with a quarter acre lot. An important part of our new life will be that we can finally make long term plans for making the most and best use of our resources.

This book is a wonderful introduction to a neophyte such as myself covering the basics including checking local ordinances (we can have up to 6 hens, no other 'livestock'), and start the basics for planning best-use of the back yard. It includes information on such a wide variety of topics (hens, fruits, vegetables, composting, canning) etc that I can use it for planning-- and then perhaps use other resources for some of the nitty gritty aspects.

It's not for truly 'going off the grid' and does not include information on solar/wind etc, which is fine. This is perfect for the average back-yarder. Great pictures/illustrations coupled with clear text really made this book a great read. I can't wait to get started!

Highly Recommended!

JTG
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I received this book yesterday and was very pleased. The photographs and drawings are very high quality. The information is fairly in-depth for such a broad subject. Lastly, it was well written. I read it from cover-to-cover in one day.
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I have been a so called Homesteader for most of my life so I love reading others take on the subject. I have religously use the book Backyard Homestead as my bible for homesteading and happened to see this on a friends Youtube channel.

I purchase the book and was eger to open it as the video I watched was awesome about it. Right from the start the book sucks you in as if you are right there living what is being said. This book is written very well and the illustrations are more than you would expect from a book like this. David I have found me a new guide and I thank you!

If you ever wanted to buy a book about Homesteading get this one! I promise you won't be disappointed. To be honest I was shocked at the price. There is a whole lot of knowledge here for such a small cost.
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