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The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (The Handbook Series) Paperback – May 25, 2011
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The summary is right there in my title, "Lots of information, TERRIBLE editing". there are typos on nearly half the pages, several captions are switched, the insets refer to pictures as being below when they're above and vice versa, and some images were clearly simply cut from websites and scaled out of proportion without any regard to their quality. (the entire alternative energy section springs to mind)
If you have any experience with canning whatsoever, then before you buy this book you should know that a disproportionate percentage of the book is devoted to canning your food. While some topics get a single page worth of text, canning alone apparently warrants forty seven.
If for some reason you already own this book and are reading this, please pay attention when reading the edible poisonous mushroom section. Although its caption is accurate, the VERY POISONOUS wild amanita mushroom is featured in a picture without its own heading.
And finally, a note to Ms. Gehring:
My apologies if the above comes off as harsh. It is readily apparent that a lot of work went into gathering the information contained in your book, but it's just as apparent that little to no work went into the editing process. I realize that things like typefaces are important. But text that relates accurately to the illustration, and illustrations that are legible are just as important, if not more so.
As this is the first printing, I hope my criticism can be considered constructive, and your next edition will be greatly improved.
Whether you're just looking to save a little money during the Great Recession by growing and preserving some of your own food-- or racing to cultivate the survival skills that will keep you alive during the coming zombie apocalypse (me)-- this book will teach you how to grow and store food, avoid poisonous plants, and generally figure out how to live off the land. Awesome! Very few books can be said to be literally invaluable (as opposed to figuratively invaluable), but this one DEFINITELY is.
The book covers the following topics
Part 1: The home garden (planting the garden, improving the soil, conserving water, mulching, organic gardening, terracing, start your own veggie garden, start your own flower garden, planting trees, container gardening, rooftop gardens, raised beds, growing plants without soil, pest and disease management, harvesting your garden)
Part 2: Pantry (canning, drying, and freezing, edible wild plants and mushrooms, make your own foods)
Part 3 The backyard farm (chickens, ducks, turkeys, beekeeping, goats, sheep, llamas,
Part 4: Simple structures for your land (doghouses, birdhouses, simple stables, poultry houses, fences, gates, pens, tool sheds, smoke houses, root cellars)
Part 5 Energy
Part 6 Crafts
Part 7 Well being
Although the book covered a lot of topics, it did so only in a cursory way. No ordering information or contact information was provided if we wanted to order or buy any of the things discussed.
Under "Simple structures for your land" there was no mention of housing for rabbits which are probably the easiest and cheapest farm animal to raise. However, I found another book on rabbit housing which is excellent:
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This book is amazing, it has everything you need to be independent and getting off the grid. I just canned peaches for the first time. And our garden is going to be amazing.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book is filled with quality ideas and instructions on how to be more self-sufficient.Published 1 month ago by Jared
This is a great resource in your homesteading collection. I love that there are a variety of homesteading topics in one area. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Priscilla F
Wonderful. Arrived very quickly and well packaged. I cant wait to get into it. It covers lots of subjects and well writtenPublished 2 months ago by Darlene Steier
Really good all around book to get one's interest up and head in the correct mindset. Good all around information location.Published 5 months ago by Cherri
makes for very interesting reading.. would like to read more from the same authorPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the information in this book, However the print is way too small. That makes it difficult to read. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LisaBrashear