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The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It Hardcover – August 17, 2009
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About the Author
His most influential contribution was to live, teach, and promote self-sufficiency, first on five acres, and then on 62 acres, and then in Ireland, where the School of Self-Sufficiency that he established with Angela Ashe attracts new recruits in increasing numbers.
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Seymour is quick to note that self-sufficiency isn't about going back in time and living what is probably an idealized version of the old homesteading days. But he does realize the more self sufficient we are, the more free we are. And so his book explains how to raise and grow food, produce your own energy, and build a variety of things (from compost toilets to brick walls). While there are a couple of pages with ideas for the urban garden, this book is really for those who have (or dream of having) real acreage. Seymour explains what he'd do with one acre, five acres, and more. Those of us without the means to buy that much property can only drool.
The gardening section of the book provides solid, organic gardening advice, with good information about keeping the soil working and healthy with crop rotation, growing grains, the basics of extending the season by "growing under cover," how to grow a wide variety of vegetables, herbs, and fruits, and building and using a greenhouse. The next largest section focuses on raising cows, goats, pigs, sheep, poultry, and bees.Read more ›
A great thing about this book it the season by season planning guides. The vegetable growing charts are a lot more useful as well because the focuses on the work to be done a different times in the season rather than seed depths and spacing. That info it on most seed packets anyway.
Another thing I like is that it does not repeatedly tell you to spend money and/or use chemicals. Many methods are described with options such as The Old Way, The European Way, the Conventional Way and the "I Don't Want To Spend and Money" Way. Many things are presented in a very "laissez faire" manner, which I appreciate.
Unlike books such as The Backyard Homestead, this book is all always on topic. New, sometimes foreign, concepts are explained well. There is no filler and fluff. For example, this book give instructions for making ice cream and provides a basic recipe. Fine. More time is spent explaining more relevant topics. The other book I mention has a few pages of "different" ice cream recipes - which are not really needed as it just involves adding different flavorings - but the gardening info is explained on a VERY basic level.
BTW, the book is text heavy. I consider this a good thing because it really explains topics in much more detail.Read more ›
First I'll give you all my warning: This was written by a man who lived in England. And that is reflected by a lot of the things written inside this book. However, everything it contains can be used in other countries as well. Sure, if you live in a tropical climate, or even a semi-tropical climate, the information may be a little problematic, but I'm sure with some slight adjustments, you can still make it work.
This information comes from a great source, a man who truly lived the self-sufficient life. And, sure, he's a bit annoying about how if you don't live his way, you're living the wrong way, but the publishers seemed to have strived very hard to smother that attitude, and have, for the most part, succeeded. This book allows for the option of living in a suburban neighborhood and still being self-sufficient. It lays out a lot of options, some truly awesome.
One thing I didn't expect before I bought this book: It has recently been expanded to include over 100 pages from The New Self-Sufficent Gardener By: John Seymour. The version I checked out at my local library did not have this, so it was quite a pleasant surprise.
Hope this helps all you potential customers, and happy reading!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for my kids who are interested it purchasing property in the countryside. We have had a copy for a long time now. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Anne Nelson
After reading the reviews I was half half about purchasing this book, however I did as my husband really wanted it and we are moving to Tasmania to start our own little farm. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Natalie Arthy
You think you're going to learn new techniques as a modern days prepper, but in fact, you just read about the lifes and habits of our forbears, long gone and almost forgotten... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Olivier DEVALEZ
just the best.......except.....
I love this book. I read it often, the seasons of the garden are priceless.
I hate the cover. Read more
I have to agree with most of the other 5-star reviews in that this is a wonderful book. We have about a dozen of these types of books on our shelves and this is the one to which I... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Blue Hiller
Really enjoying this book, especially the information gardening for all 4 seasons. So much to learn to live a more self-sufficient life.Published 3 months ago by C. Devries