- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Rodale Pr (December 1983)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0878574573
- ISBN-13: 978-0878574575
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,470,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Self-Sufficient Suburban Gardener Hardcover – December, 1983
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This book tops the list and is,to me at least, THE one first book I would recommend to anyone who is seriously considering home food production. Jeff Ball introduces a highly readable, easily followed five-step (read five-year) plan to transform a suburban back yard into an attractive, highly productive, and fully sustainable 'suburban homestead.' It starts out with a couple of raised beds and progresses to a full size garden, utilizing progressive intensive planting, cold frames and a small greenhouse to produce food year-round. For the serious suburban homesteader it even includes information on food storage, canning and even how to incorporate chickens, rabbits, bees, and fish into the completed system -all while maintaining the neat appearance many suburban communities require.
Some of the information in this book is a little 'dated',yet the basic principles it teaches are actually far more important now than they were at the time the book was written.Read more ›
As far as the ideas in the book are concerned for gardening, they are very good. But the second book he wrote, "Jeff Ball's 60 Minute Garden" is much better since it builds on "The Self Sufficient SubUrban Garden" and has more ideas and how to's that also have the benefits of his additional experience. I just wanted it to add to my library. I follow his ideas on gardening pretty regularly and they do work very well, really eliminated my weekly weeding. Although I do spend more than 60 minutes a week in my garden, more like 60 minutes an hour!, but again I have enjoyed doing it.
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By far one of the best older book on gardening. One of the few on par, in my opinion, with Bob Flowerdew's books on what to realistically expect from your endeavors with working... Read morePublished on May 9, 2012 by Guildsrfun
I found this book to be empty. This is not a "how to do book" but instead is a "why to do". The only thing I found out about raising vegetables, bees, chickens etc. Read morePublished on August 31, 2008 by J. Wilson