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The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency Used by the Mormon Pioneers Paperback – August 8, 2011
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There is no way one book can completely cover all of the topics addressed, so the author has listed other resources that will help answer the questions that you might have. I had a great time exploring types of geothermal greenhouses after reading about the author's.
If you're already very knowledgeable about many of these topics, then you might find the treatment too cursory, but if you're just starting out, then I highly recommend this book. I consider myself a skilled summer gardener, but I really learned a lot about winter storage, greenhouses, and extending the gardening year.
This book is a decent 'beginner' book, but pretty much only that. The book covers topics such as raising chickens, creating a garden area, seed saving, fresh food storage, and very, very general ideas on plant types depending on what you are looking for. It covers several topics on a general scale, with only a hand full (and I mean only a hand full) or so of specific ideas or tips for each topic. The section on chickens is the largest as it is 40 out of the 130 pages.
If you need or want direction on whether to garden, get chickens, or how to start thinking about tackling those tasks, this book is a good start with pros and cons listed on a few subjects for you to easily see what is involved. If you already have direction and are looking for new info, get a book on your topic of interest, as this will be likely a repeat of info you already have.
Great beginner book worth 5 stars, misleading "forgotten skills" which aren't forgotten on the topics in other books (which have more info on the topic) gets 3 stars, average 4 in my mind.
I was surprised to read that our ancestors harvested nearly all year long, including during the winter. I am several generations removed from my farming and pioneering ancestors, so I was unaware of several of the aspects of self-sufficiency that the author talks about.
Did you know carrots were originally yellow and purple? I didn't.
Did you know it's possible to grow and harvest salad greens in the snow? I can't wait to try growing some.
In the age of supermarkets and fast food, it would do mankind good to return to a degree of self-sufficiency. In the timeline of history, grocery stores and processed "food products" are brand new concepts. We have become so accustomed to the appearance and taste of the items lining the shelves that it makes one wonder how people lived without Doritos, Oreos, and Diet Coke.
The first half of The Forgotten Skills of Self-Sufficiency covers heirloom plants and seeds, expanding the harvest, and storing the harvest. The author shows several examples of these concepts in his own garden and root cellar. He briefly covers pioneer yeast and bread making, then moves on to how to raise and care for your own chickens for the remainder of the book.
While covering several interesting topics, this book doesn't get into a lot of specifics of how to do these things and does reference additional material.Read more ›
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Not one piece of helpful information that I didn't already find in 20+ of my other books. Forgotten skills? By whom? Read morePublished 1 month ago by AlwaysLearning