- File Size: 750 KB
- Print Length: 39 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: September 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009IXETAM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,743,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Homesteading Handbook Guide On Self Sufficiency Everything You Need To Know Growing Your Own Food In Your Back Yard Homesteading 101 Kindle Edition
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1) Change the title. Homesteading is a bell jar term that covers many different aspects of the activity and this short book only discusses the vegetable garden.
2) Though I'm certain the author has been successful in his own vegetable garden, the overview does not cover a lot of ground for its price. There is no mention of mushroom mulch, square-foot gardening, raised bed gardening and other aspects of raising one's own food that are considered standard for those forced to utilize a minimum space on a budget.
3) Where did the chapter on mushrooms come from? And though the title mentions wild edible plants, it only mentions mushrooms.
4) It would help to have the book reviewed by others to deal with typos and stilted sentences.
Nonetheless, there are some gems in the book, such as putting plants with specific water requirements together, the minimum amount of sunlight certain crops need, and though never worded in this manner, that the gardener raises dirt which in turn raises the vegetables.
There's nothing even homesteading specific in here. Just random gardening--and mushrooms!--information that looks like it's been garbled through an online translator. Nothing about animals, nothing about wisely using space or crop rotation, nothing that would actually be helpful for a backyard homesteader.
The formatting is terrible as well, with font sizes changing at random. It really looks to me as though someone whose first language is not English tried to compile some information without entirely understanding it and added no content of their own.
For example, here's the first sentence of Chapter 4:
"An organic topping that is utilized in the process of retaining moisture in garden soil is garden mulch which is organic."
It's a bizarre word salad that doesn't really tell anyone much useful. If you were unfamiliar with mulch, would that help YOU understand it any better?
Anyone who A) can read English and B) read this book would recognize how useless it is. Please save your money. There is nothing in here that you couldn't find on the Internet, and in plain language as well.
The title of the book is misleading and false. It has no information about homesteading and only attempts to present information about vegetable gardening. There is little usable information on gardening either.
I knew there would be trouble when I tried to read the first chapter entitled "Planning a Garden First Step - Be Aware of the Consents and well as Restrictions in Planning." Huh? The rest of the chapter is as opaque as the heading.
The next chapters have more understandable titles, but the text is still as obtuse and poorly written. There are numerous grammar errors, errors in word usage, and sentence fragments that make me wonder if the author is fluent in English. Examples:
From Chapter 6 "Start Your Own Vegetable Garden"
"You may purchase low-priced kit for pH testing and several of these garden store centers will be willing to do a soil sample testing for you."
From Chapter 7 "Container Gardening"
"You can get additional information from an extension county office. The system of zone is applicable to perennials such as berries, fruit trees, perennial flowers and herbs."
In addition, other sections of the book simply seem out of place and one has to wonder if they haven't been "borrowed" from other sources. More examples:
Chapter 9 "Edible Wild Plants and Mushrooms" comes out of nowhere and seems to have been cut and pasted from some other book. It simply doesn't fit in with any of the other chapters, and the writing style not only is totally different from the rest of the book. It seems to be UK-based with the mention of "truffles were sold for thousands of pounds." This especially seems odd when other references in the book are US-based, such as USDA planting zones. No information is given that would be useful to a home gardener much less a homesteader since it basically tells the reader that you can't grow these at home and doesn't explain how to forage for them.
Chapter 10 "All the Best Crops to Grow and How" mentions the "Millennium Bug" several times explaining how having a garden is a good thing to do in case the bug hits hard and recommending "great Millennium garden crop" items. Er, we're in 2013 now, well past the whole Millennium scare.
There are many, many, MANY more similar examples throughout this book.
In short, don't waste your time, money, or even the downloading time on this book. If it were possible to give it zero stars, or negative stars, I would. Run far, far away, quickly!
The Table of contents does not link to the TOC, but rather to the first chapter.
Why two stars? Because it actually provided a little bit of practical information. It just had to be dug out. I picked this up when it was free, and am glad I didn't pay for it.