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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Betterway Home; Original edition (February 13, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1440310246
  • ISBN-13: 978-1440310249
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #288,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is one of the better books for those that want to become self suficient and learn more about urban farming. The authors are not only funny but great at taking you step by step through some of the processes that may seem intimidating. We purchased chickens and used the book for a guide as to what to expect each week as they grow. They even help you decide on what breed. I found myself reading excerpts out loud to people because some of their chicken stories are so funny. I also felt the beekeeping section was very thorough. I personally would love to start bee keeping and feel I actually could after reading this book. The rest of the book is filled with great ideas, easy recipes and things to do to make your family and your household more productive, less reliant on stores and healthier! (big bonus!) The authors have a blog and a newsletter that you can sign up for and I found that to be very helpful and informational as well.
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I have tried to read other gardening and homesteading books only to be left both bored and overwhelmed. This is the first book of it's kind that I have found encouraging and thoroughly entertaining! These two women know their stuff and they convey the information simply and with terrific humor. I haven't found one page that has overwhelmed or bored me, it's all good! And with all of the new insight I've gleaned, I really feel like I can do this, despite my "gray" thumb! Love this book and highly recommend it to anyone who wants to try their hand at gardening or keeping chickens/goats/bees, in the suburbs...how cool is that?!
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I received my copy of Little House in the Suburbs today. I was never so excited. I originally purchased it for my son but it is so good that I decided to keep it for myself. It has many recipes for basic foods...like mayo and mustard, as well as raising gardens and animals as well as making gifts from things you have around the house. There is something of interest for everyone. The book is VERY WELL written and simple to follow. I am going to order 2 more copies of this book for my kids. They are trying to learn to be self sufficient so I know this book will help them too. It is all about Backyard farming and home skills so if you are interested in this....this book is for you.
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I absolutely adore this book. It's cute, interesting, and chock-full of useful information. I'm especially fond of the two authors' writing styles, which makes reading the book feel like a one-sided discussion over a cup of coffee. My favorite part of this book, really, is the attitude that doing all of these wondrous, home-made, home-grown things is possible for even the common layman (or laywoman), and that while we should all do our research, we shouldn't be intimidated by the ideas. The two topics that really cemented this for me was the natural bee-keeping and the soap making. Both topics really overwhelmed me and I'd put them on the very end of my 'must try' list. Well, I don't mind saying that after Reading Little House in the Suberbs, they have both moved to the top of the list. I can't wait to try them out now. So thanks, Daisy and Deanna.
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I have had this book just sitting around for about 6 months now and I finally decided to pick it up. It's a fast read and one that I absolutely enjoyed! I am usually the type to have 3-4 books going at once and it takes me forever to finish one. I get Book ADD essentially. Not this book! I picked it up throughout the week when I had some time.

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.
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I enjoyed reading the perspectives of the two authors on bringing country skills to the suburbs. They share many ideas for getting into sometimes daunting activities like growing your own food, keeping small livestock (goats or chickens), and learning to make your own pantry staples, bath products, or candles.

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!
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