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"This warmly written, sweetly illustrated little book is as exhaustive as it is friendly. Robyn covers absolutely everything you need to prepare yourself for a life of cheap, fresh, delicious food."  —Raleigh Briggs, author, Make Your Place


"The best book for learning the skilled resilience of old-school living in the modern world! Homesweet Homegrown teaches the lost art and science of crafting a hand-made life."  —Alexandra Jamieson, author, Vegan Cooking For Dummies and Living Vegan For Dummies


"Homesweet Homegrown is a clever and refreshing harvest of farm-to-table methods. With vim and balsamic vinegar, Robyn Jasko has written a pocket guide for the well-rounded 21st century yeoman."  —Tim Stark, proprietor, Eckerton Hill Farm and author, Heirloom: Notes From An Accidental Tomato Farmer


"Robyn makes planting and growing your own food so dead-simple, friendly and unassuming that even this black-thumbed gardener is encouraged to think she "Can, Can, Can." With instructions for making DIY planters and irrigation, designs for upcycling old furniture into gardening stations, recipes for creating homemade organic plant sprays, charts listing dollars-and-cents breakdowns of homegrown versus store-bought produce, and page-by-page growing guides by fruit or vegetable, this book is literally worth its weight in gold—or, rather, golden beets. Not to mention the satisfaction and bragging rights."  —Melissa Massello, founder/editor of Shoestring Magazine

"From seed starting to home canning and everything in-between Homesweet Homegrown by Robyn Jasko is the perfect guide for new gardeners who want to grow and eat everything from their own gardens. Plus, it's great for seasoned green thumbs in search of a handy reference that covers a myriad of topics!"  —Jere & Emilee Gettle, Founders of Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Company

"Homesweet Homegrown is an extremely helpful handbook that reads like a primer of lessons learned from garden-tending grandparents—insightful, informative, and maybe most importantly, honest. (Not to mention, just reading the recipes toward the back of the book made my mouth water in anticipation of the upcoming harvest.) With this by your side and a bit of good weather, you’ll be enjoying the fruits of your labor soon enough."  —Alexa Fornoff, Assistant Editor, Readymade Magazine 

About the Author

Robyn Jasko is a writer and cofounder of Grow Indie, an organization and website that supports sustainable lifestyles, homesteading, eating well, and living local. Jennifer Biggs is a weaver, fiber artist, and illustrator. They both live in Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

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Product Details

  • Series: DIY
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Microcosm Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934620106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934620106
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #189,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robyn Jasko, is a local foods activist, community garden starter, and co-founder of GrowIndie.com, a site promoting sustainable lifestyles, homesteading, eating well, and living local. Her first book, Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make and Store Food, No Matter Where You Live, was just released on May 1.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ed Curran on December 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a great book.

Whether you're a novice or experienced it's a great read. The ideas are simply explained and better yet, simple and easy to put into practice.

If you're on a budget the ideas and practices can help you save hundreds if not a couple of thousand in food cost. Don't believe me here is simple math example: cucumber at the store, a dollar a piece buy (2) for 2 dollars. Grow (15) plants for $1.75 (seeds) get about 100 (based on my last year yield) cucumbers for .018 cents each. That's before you read how to save your own seeds making your seed cost ZERO.

I especially like the quick reference guides like what to plant together, planting seasons, spacing, etc. I never realized the time, energy and space I was wasting planting the way I was.

I've been growing my own for about six years. My parents got me this book as a gift last summer. After reading it I had so many "Light bulb" moments where I was like "wow, that's a great idea!" or "I didn't know you could do that" Honestly, if you have a one bedroom efficacy or four acres of land this book will help you grow and save your own vegetables.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Freckles on May 22, 2013
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OK, so, I'm sitting here next to my previous go-to gardening books, each of which is roughly the size of a small pizza box and as heavy as a brick. They belong on one of those library lazy-Susans-- like those unabridged dictionaries. Remember? It was like, "OK, now go to the dictionary, and Timmy, you go too to help open it." Which are super if you like to go stand in the same place whenever you need some info. Somehow, though, Home Sweet Homegrown manages to reduce so much gardening/cooking/preserving information into an adorably empirical book that I can fit in my purse and tote around!! Love!! I'm pretty concrete and minimalist, so the curated just-the-facts-ma'am style are perfect for me. Those zucchini cakes sound awesome, can't wait to make! And I'd like to try a straw-bale garden! So many ideas!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jennifer k goldblatt on August 23, 2012
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This is an extraordinary handbook for anyone who aspires to eat and live close to the earth but doesn't know where to begin. It has all the tools you need to get started, execute properly, and savor the fruits of your labors. Easy-to-follow written instructions, with great illustrations to assist. There are a million books out there about gardening. But this has all the essential pieces of information that you need to get going. Best of all, it's well-written, with the grace and the warmth of someone who has clearly fallen in love with the act of working with the earth. It's a must-have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Klein on March 13, 2012
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As an avid & experienced gardener I love this book! This book keeps me engaged with it's wonderful illustrations and the variety of information about growing, storing & eating fresh foods. I keep wondering if this author snuck into my gardening & cookbook shelves one night to cut & paste all of the most valuable information so that it could be in one book!
I recommend this book for new gardeners and well seasoned ones as well. A great gift for yourself or a pal!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen on August 20, 2012
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Home Sweet Home Grown is a great book! It is filled with things to try for growing better vegetables as well as recipes and other ideas for your harvest. I'll be going back to it before starting my garden in the spring and then in the summer and fall when looking for new ways to use my pickings.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kandersen on August 13, 2013
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what a cute little book full of great knowledge. it is a fun, quick reference, too. i wanted to plant lettuce and celery together, but a quick check in this book let me know that wasn't a good idea. this is a wonderful book for first time gardeners and seasoned gardeners, too!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PlantsvsHumans on December 11, 2013
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This book doesn’t have every detail you could possible need to know, but it does have nice concise tables on companion planting, interplanting, how much to grow per person, what grows when, and how much space per plant. Great for a quick reference book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shala Kerrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 29, 2012
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If you know people who are just considering growing their own food, or if you are just getting started, this is the book for you.

The illustrations, easy to read and understand information and the sheer wealth of information is enough to get anyone started. It's like having a friend to help you, with instructions for setting up beds, starting with compost, and companion planting. There is also information on how to get seeds and save seeds.

You'll also get recipes and tips on preserving and enjoying your harvest.

It's a fantastic resource, and I plan to get a few more copies as gift for friends.
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