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Ten Acres Enough: The Classic 1864 Guide to Independent Farming Paperback – July 26, 2004


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (July 26, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048643737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486437378
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Easy to read and understand.
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And what we learn during the bad times determines the success we will have when times are good.
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On a few occasions I had requests to borrow this book and I've had to turn them down.
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46 of 46 people found the following review helpful By Laurie on October 8, 2005
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This is one of my favorites. Since it was written during the mid-1860's, the writing style is perhaps a bit different from what we are used to nowadays, but not distractingly so. This farmer knows how to tell a story. He starts with his longing to leave the city, leads us through his search for an affordable property and then lets us follow him as he chooses his crops -- among them, 804 peach trees at 7 cents a piece, all dutifully "tarred" to prevent worms -- and markets the produce for the first few years on the farm. Along the way, he scatters fascinating tidbits about his life. One of my favorites is the story of his blackberry plants. While living in town, he had read of a new kind of blackberry that intrigued him, and though it was a very unheard of thing to do at the time, he orderd six of the plants by mail, at the princely sum of five dollars. When the plants arrived, he was shocked at their size and appearance. "They looked like long white worms, with here and there a bud or an eye" and was too embarassed to admit to his wife that he paid so much for them. But he planted them and tended them, and the next year had a magnificent crop of berries, and so finally admitted to the cost. He and his wife agreed it was a bargain at that, and since they loved the berries so much, they dug up the plants and took them along to their new farm. There, the berries attracted the attention of neighbors and nurserymen, and by being one of the first suppliers in the area, he was able to sell $460 worth of blackberry plants that first year on the farm -- quite a return on his initial five dollar investment.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Morris on May 22, 2007
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Great read. I bought this book looking for some ideas on how to better enjoy the farm life I now have. This book tells about a man who is tried of the hustle and bustle of city life. (And mind you this was in the late 1800's). He writes in detail how to locate a small piece of property and live a much fulfilled life. I highly recommend this book. I have already loaned it out twice.

P.S. see if you can find the small reference about The Civil War.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on May 14, 2008
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Ah, truly a book to inspire. I wanted to dash right out and dig up the old potato patch!
Although this is an American book and therfore I did not understand a lot of the geographical references, this in no way detracted from the enjoyment I got from this book. I felt a bit smug when thinking about the success I have had with my chickens, but quite wilted when comparing his raspberries and strawberries with mine! Next season, I'm going to get me a lawtonberry or two.
I found it a bit tedious towards the end but that was when he was no longer writing about his own little farm and I think many of his comments there are quite dated and of no practical value now.
This book was well written and entertaining, though some comments I feel should rather be taken with a pinch of salt.
Rather sorry that I have finished reading this book and heartily recommend it to anyone who has fancied getting a small-holding or even those who just want to grow something well in their own backyard. Many of his tips and comments are as valid today as they were 140 years ago.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Porter on July 7, 2008
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I ordered this book with the expectation that this would be a step-by-step guide to small scale farming (similiar to the book Five Acres and Independence). The book is a historical account about a Philadelphia businessman who left the city in the late 1800s after 15 years of renting and failing as business owner in order to attempt a life of self-sufficiency on a ten acre farm he purchased. The book was such an interesting account of history that I read the first half of the day it arrived. However, once you get past how he purchased the farm and the first three or four years of trials and tribuluations, the author repeats himself for the later third of the book (make your own liquid manure, apply it to everything, attack the weeds with a hoe, work hard, pay cash, yadda, yadda, yadda). There are many instances where the book reads as if the author is speaking of the present times and economy (bank failures, people losing their jobs and homes, and how through all of this, people will still buy fresh fruits). I recommend this book for the small farmer or gardener who plans on starting up from scratch with little capital. I also recommend this book for those who are interested in the 19th century U.S. history. You will learn a lot of interesting facts that you did not learn in school and will be able to draw parrallels to the current state of the economy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 4, 2012
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This book, though dated, still holds up well and is a great resource for a small acreage landholder. On a few occasions I had requests to borrow this book and I've had to turn them down. I'm to afraid that I won't get the book back to loan it out. They'll just have to get their own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By trbizwiz on June 5, 2012
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This is a fantastic book about self sufficiency. The only knock is it is dated. But it was written over 150 years ago. It has some interesting information about the economy from the past that you dont hear alot about too. It helps feel better about these bad times we live in now. It shows it wont last forever. Did you know that even during the great depression they had previous bad times to look to. Believe it or not each generation is not the first ot suffer, nor will they be the last. Good times will come again. And what we learn during the bad times determines the success we will have when times are good. This book teaches more than just farming, though that is the featured aspect. IT was an enjoyable read. I would love to have a modern author do a similar expirament adn write adn updated version. Maybe that book will still sell for 200 years.
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