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Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make, And Store Food, No Matter Where You Live (DIY) Paperback – May 1, 2012
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"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 local foods activist and community garden starter. She is the co-founder of GrowIndie.com, a site promoting sustainable lifestyles, homesteading, eating well, and living local. Her first book is Homesweet Homegrown: How to Grow, Make and Store Food, No Matter Where You Live.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
If you want to learn how to grow vegetables from asparagus, tomatoes, pumpkins and beets this is the book! There is also a section on how to can, ferment, freeze and cook the things you will potentially be growing.
Great gift or "how-to" book
I recommend this book for new gardeners and well seasoned ones as well. A great gift for yourself or a pal!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really basic information for person who needs a place to start. I am overwhelmed at the process of starting a garden after I move. Read morePublished 12 months ago by L. Lindy
Loved this book. Great info for the home gardener or anyone who wants to make use of their resourcesPublished 14 months ago by George Hockman
This book took all the complicated stuff and made it simple ! I have never been able to keep a garden alive , But I feel very confident that this years garden might just grow ! Read morePublished 14 months ago by allison
I wasn't sure what I'd be getting and this little book was a wonderful help with our garden this year. Great fun and easy to understand ... even if you have a black thumb.Published on August 25, 2013 by Bonnie MacDonald