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Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency (Gardening) Paperback – November 3, 2011
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* Benefits of pure food
* Family recreation
* Local regulations
* Potential yields and savings
RAISING VEGETABLES AND HERBS
* Garden planning/layout
* 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
* The joy of chickens
* Collecting eggs
* Care and feeding tips
* Other small animals
* Benefits of goat milk
* Care and feeding tips
* Other large animals
* Benefits of beekeeping
* Care and harvesting
* Building hives
* Collecting honey
* Making beer, wine, cider
* Making jerky, sausage
* Making jams, jellies
* Building root cellars
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Must have is you really want to do backyard homesteading the right and efficient way. Ordered for my child, already had a copy of my own.Published 3 months ago by Toni VG
I am slowly gaining knowledge for future use & this book is a very nice start. I cannot see anything wrong with this book so far, it is well laid out & the information is good for... Read morePublished 8 months ago by John Paul Moore
Good book, but I already have several like it. For some reason I was under the impression that this one was more garden-focused. Read morePublished 11 months ago by LR