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Weekend Homesteader: May [Kindle Edition]

Anna Hess
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Twelve months to self-sufficiency!

This fully updated second edition of the popular Weekend Homesteader series includes exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.

The May volume includes the following projects:
  • Plant your summer garden
  • Decipher nutrition
  • Choose the right mulch for each plant
  • Make homesteading easy with teamwork

The second edition has been revised and expanded to match the paperback, with extra photos and feedback from weekend homesteaders just like you, plus permaculture-related avenues for the more advanced homesteader to explore.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1777 KB
  • Print Length: 49 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wetknee Books; Second edition (October 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y04GVQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #93,404 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great suggestions for how to start gardening April 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
As a long time reader of Anna's blog at, I appreciate her down-to-earth way of talking about her experiences with her garden and research. While her blog goes into detail about her test successes and failures, this eBook condenses her most successful trials into a simple approach that beginner and experienced gardeners alike will benefit from. Her liberal use of diagrams and photos take the guess work out of her step-by-step instructions.

While my clay garden soil in the Western U.S. is very different from the fertile soil in Virginia where Anna lives, her suggestion for creating a kill mulch is greatly beneficial for me as well. I have had a difficult time dealing with dry, heavy clay so I'm hopeful that adding thicker layers of compost and mulch this year will get around this problem.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Beginning April 28, 2011
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I'm still reading it, and will re-read it as well. Gives folks the bare bones start in short easy to follow steps. I'm looking forward to the future issues as well. I'm currently doing container vegetable gardening in SIPS but planning "no-till" beds for the future. None of the projects will break the bank either, well except that to put in rain barrels in our arid area, I would have to put in gutters first.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful, easy read April 28, 2011
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I very much enjoyed the first issue of "Weekend Homesteader" and I will be purchasing the issues that follow. It's written with easy to understand directions for the projects that are included. I also like that she doesn't ramble on and all information was to the point. The projects included are quite usable and don't cost a lot.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weekend Homesteader April 28, 2011
By Brian
Format:Kindle Edition
This was a great read which gave an overview of some interesting homesteading topics and was easy to understand. It covered a handful of topics but wasn't overwhelming which motivated me to get to work on some of the topics covered as soon as I finished reading. A big plus was having resources and links to research any of the topics further as well as a place to share your experiences. The personal accounts that are included in the information also make it a fun read since you are not just overwhelmed with information. I'm looking forward to future volumes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ideas for Getting Started May 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Anna is off to a great start with her Weekend Homesteader series. What I especially like about this series is that she introduces simple and affordable projects which are so do-able to the beginner. I teach classes on gardening and I often hear, "Wow, I love your garden, but how do I get started?" And since I've been gardening and growing for years now, it is sometimes hard to advise the newbies. I think I'll send them here or to Anna's blog for more info!

We can all make changes in how we live, how we spend our time, and what we do on a daily basis that will make a profound impact on our health, our emotional outlook, and our community. This ebook will help you get started on that.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series! May 2, 2012
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I plan to buy some land and have my own homestead in a year or two, and yesterday I found Anna's books. I love the fact that the series is split in to 99 cent segments - I bought the first one for my Kindle Fire, was able to see that it was exactly what I wanted, and bought the remaining issues! (is there no April?) I also bought all of her other books and have been reading through them yesterday and today.

I imagine that if you have lived on a farm all of your life, the books are not for you, but the closest I have come was renting a farmhouse for a while when I first finished college, got married, and moved to a town of less than 2000 an hour from home. I had cows right behind the house, but didn't have to deal with them. We turned an old feed trough into a raised vegetable garden, and had three rabbits, but they were pets. So, really, I have zero experience. :-) My great grandmother had a back yard which was all garden, including fruit trees. She had rows and rows of jars in her cellar of things that she had canned. I want that, with chickens. And maybe a sheep or two. This series is helping me see practical ways to get that started - the primary "reality check" being that I will, in fact, need to see my chickens as meat as well as egg layers, and not think of them as pets. Everything else I had read about keeping chickens before this talked about them as great pets. I could not possibly butcher and eat a "pet." So now I can go in to it with the proper mind set and know how long to keep my chickens before... well, probably asking my dad (the hunter) to come down and help me butcher them. Or taking them to a professional. LOL!

Thank you, Anna, for writing this series!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath of Life June 18, 2012
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My Review:

I love to garden and live off the land. Well lets just say that you can always learn new ways to do things and new or different products to use to receive the object that you are trying to get. With that being said, I love how Anna Hess has put this book together to help those of us who have lived off the land and those of you who have not.

Let's just put it out there the way that Anna has in the very first part of this book. "If you had to, could you live off the land?" As we all know things in life happens, like: earthquakes, floods, power outages, and so on. So, could you do with out power? Do you know the way to plant or raise food if it was the only way to live?

Anna Hess in Weekend gives you a lot awesome advice as well as instructions with pictures. And it is for that reason I am giving Weekend Homesteader my Breath of Life rating of: FIVE CLOCK Rating!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great series!
Love Anna Hess & all her tips. Thank you for making all those experiments & mistakes for us so we wouldn't have to & sharing your success with us so we can be successful too!
Published 4 months ago by Justtobreathe
5.0 out of 5 stars Great tips
Many great tips to do around the house and garden. Easy to follow and understand. Wish there were newer installments of this series.
Published 6 months ago by Jason Poindexter
4.0 out of 5 stars Prepping
I'm building a resource library for recipes, prepping because we live on the coast and often have high winds, power outages, etc. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Teri Fladstol
5.0 out of 5 stars Just perusing the book I got some great tips
I love this book! Great idea for stringing up beans, and cheap too! Lots of good ideas, would like to see more books by this author and can't seem to locate Volume 1....
Published 12 months ago by Katherine E Pettersen
4.0 out of 5 stars good info
This magazine is interesting if you like to garden. It has enjoyable articles to read and I have enjoyed it.
Published 13 months ago by Lisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
This edition, #2, contained good information, but rambled on a bit. In spite of the rambling, which does add personality to the book, I'm buying #3 next because, so far, both... Read more
Published 13 months ago by JessicaS
4.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
I started with May. It was a nice quick read on some of the basics. Looking forward to reading some of the other months.
Published 14 months ago by Heather
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick and easy
I am new to the gardening world and found this book to be quirky and simple to follow and read. I have started off on the back foot being in Australia our summer is your winter :)
Published 15 months ago by zeehanrose
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
This was a very informative book. The info she gives is suitable for farmer and urban gardener alike. I look forward reallyeading more!
Published 16 months ago by Debbie Popowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas
A lot of good practical information. I will definitely be reading this series. Looking forward to the rest of them.
Published 16 months ago by ElaineW
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More About the Author

Anna Hess dreamed about moving back to the land ever since her parents dragged her off their family farm at the age of eight. She worked as a field biologist and nonprofit organizer before acquiring fifty-eight acres and a husband, then quit her job to homestead full time. She admits that real farm life involves a lot more hard work than her childhood memories entailed, but the reality is much more fulfilling and she loves pigging out on sun-warmed strawberries and experimenting with no-till gardening, mushroom propagation, and chicken pasturing.

She also enjoys writing about the adventures, both on her blog at, and in her books. Her first paperback, The Weekend Homesteader, helped thousands of homesteaders-to-be find ways to fit their dreams into the hours leftover from a full-time job. The Naturally Bug-Free garden, which suggests permaculture techniques of controlling pest invertebrates in the vegetable garden, is due out in spring 2015 from Skyhorse Publishing. In addition, a heaping handful of ebooks serve a similar purpose.

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