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The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series) Paperback – June 1, 2010
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_The Urban Homestead_ had little new material that I was interested in utilizing. The section on gardening was comprehensive, but many of their suggestions were not new to me - ie. composting, building raised beds, crop rotation, mulching. I do not mean to infer that I am a master gardener, nor am I the paragon of green living and organic food raising, but I was raised in my family's garden, so this was a bit rudimentary for me; excellent (clearly written, well diagrammed and easily explained) for the beginner, who would benefit much from their advice here. The sections on "urban foraging" was not of interest to me at all, as were the sections on "non-invasive greywater methodolgies" and "the composting toilet."
The chapters on urban livestock (especially bee keeping) was very well done, and I was impressed with the variety and detail of livestock they discussed: not just bees and chickens, but also rabbits, ducks, pigeons and quail. Were I not so concerned about being a good neighbor, I would certainly explore raising these animals. I was also impressed with the lengthy section on preservation of foods (drying, canning, pickling, making yogurt and cheese ...) all of which were intriguing, and which I will try in the coming months.
In the final analysis, for those raised on a farm (or a commune), there is little new here; I would strongly recommend this for the novice. If you are like me - falling somewhere in between these extremes, the book is not without its merits, but the specific information you may be looking for are available in a more concise version elsewhere, I suspect.
While this book is full of great concepts, it fails to deliver on the instruction side of things. This is not a Guide Book as the cover proclaims-- it is an Ideas book. The authors suggest planting fruit trees in your yard, and to save space, prune them into "an espalier". How do you do that? The authors kindly refer you to another book.
I understand that covering all the skills involved in Urban Homesteading in-depth would require a tome many times the length of this paperback. But an Urban Wild Edibles section with no pictures? Seriously?
This is a great tool for people who haven't gardened before and who have the motivation to seek out the actual technique elsewhere. But this is nowhere close to a guidebook, and most of the sections were wildly uninspiring, under-explained, and uninformative. If you had the foresight to seek out this book, you can probably figure out on your own that you can bake bread even in the city (!), red lettuce and green lettuce look pretty together in your garden, and composting may help reduce some of your soil woes.
To be fair, the cooking section and home cleaning supplies section, while not very enlightening in terms of ideas, has a slightly more complete informative style. But really, this is a basic, basic book, and while some of the book caters to those of us in tiny apartments with no yard space, the majority deals with ideas best tackled with large kitchens, some sort of yard/roof, and owners (or at least tenants of some very permissive landlords) of their own place. There was nothing particularly urban about most of these instructions, and this book doesn't even go near anything I would call homesteading.
In the end? If you won't do any growing of your own food if you don't buy this book then BUY IT. But, if you're like me and you are hoping for something to really make your apartment more sustainable, you may be better off reading Gaia's Garden and making the necessary adjustments yourself.