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Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance Paperback – September 1, 1999
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“This big, comprehensive book that covers everything from land to animals; from vegetables to country cooking. The book encompasses more than 40 years of writing and includes the expertise of many experienced authors. It’s like having a whole community of seasoned gardeners, farmers and homesetaders living next door to you.” – Star Beacon
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Whether it's making ice cream or sharpening an ax, cleaning a chimney or growing raspberries, you'll learn how to do it in this treasury of time-honored country wisdom. Illustrated step-by-step instructions will show you how to milk a cow, tap a maple tree, clean a fish, lead a horse, and build the best chicken coop. You'll find out how to heat your house with wood or by the sun and how to de-skunk a country dog. You'll learn the proper way to put in a water system, rewire an old house, stack a cord of wood, and grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs.
Yearning for a more self-reliant life? You'll find the answers in Storey's Basic Country Skills.
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I found the information on gardening to be the most useful and feel some level of comfort that I have a place to look should I want to take on other projects or look for tips of various sorts, like how to discourage bugs naturally or what tools to use for what, what to look for when buying a tractor or tackling weed problems. There is a very good index at the back so looking up a topic is easy and there's also an index of more detailed books on various subjects if you want to go to the next level. There are plenty of illustrations to make things clearer. I don't see myself needing most of the topics (need to know how to sheer a sheep?), but you never know. A local hunter recently gave me a goose he'd shot and guess where I looked to learn how to clean it. That was something I never expected to do. Whether you're just daydreaming about country life or trying to determine what you can and cannot undertake yourself, this book has value and a lot of good information.