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Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living Paperback – February 13, 2012
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Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskins write the popular blog www.littlehouseinthesuburbs.com, which has been featured on msn.com, apartmenttherapy.com, stumbleupon.com and thriftyfun.com. The blog has 150,000 page views each month.
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I would have given this book a 5 star rating except there are some typos and editing mistakes. Things like using the word "to" when "too" should have been used. There are a few instances were a word is missing in a sentence every now and then some completely random word was used when it didn't fit. In this case the word was "light" and it threw the entire sentence off. I also had some pages in the second to the last chapter where the lettering/print was faded. There were about 4 paragraphs in all that I had a hard time reading because of it. Other than these things I feel the book was more than worth the price of purchase.
This book inspired me to purchase other books that deal with the subject matter that interested me most- chickens and natural bee keeping. It does offer a nice dip-your-toes level of information; enough to whet the appetite for more in-depth reading. I also enjoy the graffics within the book and I loved the colors of the text boxes; it gave it a modern-retro feel. This book never trails off somewhere on a tangent, the material was always on point. Having two authors also helped to ger differing experiences and opinions while giving the book a nice steady pace. This isn't a 100% "Crunchy and Granola" kind of book but rather a book that helps one include these things into their lives. It's not an all or nothing approach the authors take, it's "start small and see where it takes you" experience.Read more ›
There are a few places where the editing goes awry. For example when talking about beekeeping, the author discusses getting a smoker going (p. 114) but doesn't explain what it is or how to use the smoke (p. 118 mentions that smoke can help pacify the bees, but some description is warranted). The discussion of goats gives detailed information about milking but seem to make light of needed to occasionally freshen dairy goats (breed them and birth the kids) to continue to milk a doe year after year. Page 98 states that "you can breed every couple of years to keep the milk production high [...] but it's not necessary." That's not really true. You can't expect to buy a doe and get a decade of milk supply.
Overall, I think that Little House in the Suburbs is a great starting point to finding a new hobby or a few tips on making your lifestyle a bit more self-sufficient. I loved the personal anecdotes from each author's perspective!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read and very informative! Highly recommend for those of you interested in sustainability in the burbs.Published 1 month ago by Melissa
I love this book! It arrived right on time and was exactly as described. Thank you!Published 2 months ago by Cami C.
I am having too much fun reading this book. Simple ideas to bring the country into your neighborhood. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Coupy Deals
Useful and enjoyable style. It is a nice collection of home recipes and helps/Published 4 months ago by L. S
Excellent book! Super helpful info about raising goats and chickens inside the city limits. Also has many recipes for all natural foods and household cleaning products.Published 4 months ago by Tanya Williams
This is a fantastic book. Very informative and a lot of great information that is written in a very real life manner.Published 4 months ago by tbake
Absolutely love this book! Perfect for a suburban family looking to get a little closer to our food source.Published 5 months ago by Laura Y Folenta