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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading (Complete Idiot's Guides (Lifestyle Paperback)) Paperback – June 7, 2011
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The reason I termed it less than perfect is because I wanted more information. A lot more. I'd have been happy to see another 100 to 200 pages to this book. I appreciate the recommendations for books that can give more detail, but I bought this book for that level of detail. Also, the information on rabbits wasn't entirely correct--close but not right. I know this subject well as having owned a pet rabbit for years. That incorrect data means I'll have to do more research to confirm that the author was right about raising goats and gardening. I really don't like that my "Complete" guide has merely pushed me to do research elsewhere. Those two issues where why I couldn't give it five stars, or even four.
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Urban Homesteading was quite an eye opener in terms of things I really CAN do, despite not having a lot of land.
First off, the layout of this book makes it very easy to navigate and find the information you are looking for. There is a detailed table of contents that can direct you to the exact topic you are looking for. There are also small icons (pictures) throughout the book that draw your eye to useful tidbits you might want to know about. They are summarized as small steps, definitions, road blocks, and urban info. These are quick snapshots of stuff you need to keep in mind while reading that particular chapter. Each chapter ends with a section called 'The Least You Need To Know' which I LOVE. A quick bullet point summary of what is contained in each chapter. The end of the book contains a glossary, Internet resources, and a garden planning guide to back up what is within the chapters.
I cannot even begin to list all the topics covered in this book. It is not just a gardening book (although there is lots of info on that) but will also tell you how to raise animals, make homemade yogurt, can your food, create your own beauty products and tons of other stuff. I was fascinated with the section on aquaponics...basically having a fish habitat/plant garden that help each other thrive. I told my husband I thought we should try raising our own fish! Of course, my home owner's association may have something to say about that.Read more ›
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Not what I expected regarding the book's content. For me, I need to look at this type of book in the store to make sure I'll love it before buying.Published on March 11, 2013 by Heather
Like many books of this series, Urban Homesteading contains just enough info to get by. It is written in the usual Complete Idiot's snappy patter, and carries on more like a casual... Read morePublished on December 2, 2012 by jaydynomite
Even though the book had many good ideas, I gave it a three star review because it's incomplete coverage of the how to of certain subjects. Read morePublished on May 4, 2012 by Seaotter