Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency (Gardening)

April 20, 2014 - Comment

Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use–even if they live in a urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome “homestead” that allows them to grow

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Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use–even if they live in a urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome “homestead” that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and raise farm animals, including chickens and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and  preserve the bounty they produce.  

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Bethany Fowler "Gypsy November" says:

Decent Beginning Homesteader Book This book is one of many you can find about, well, homesteading in your backyard. It’s always good when the title is appropriate to the words within. 😉 I own a few of these books, and this one doesn’t veer one inch from the beaten track. What I mean by this is not that there is anything wrong with the book, only that if you already own a couple “self-sufficiency” books, this one is not going to shock you with any new information.It does have quite a number of illustrations, which is great if you are a visual person. In fact, I really think that this is the best thing going for this book. Some of the other “back-to-basics” which I have read which have few pictures. Ordinarily, I am more than fine with this, since, if I have to choose, I’d rather have competent words than a ton of photographs. However, this book is pretty good at having plenty of illustrations without sacrificing the word content, and I appreciate that.I will warn those of you who are a little…

wogan says:

Feed yourself This book is a good guide to helping you be more self-sustaining; although I always cringe when I read the statement…self-sustaining which is almost impossible, especially within a backyard.There is a list of safeties and cautions, but not until you get to the introduction is there a mention that perhaps your community or county/city codes might not allow you to have chickens, much less goats. Some of the down and dirty is brought up, such as having to trim goat’s hooves. The charts and plans are very thorough for the most part. The storage sheds have a cut away diagrams and a supplies list, but do not tell you how to build them.There are many pictures and good descriptions; the garden tools you need are all well depicted, even for novices. Several charts are included such as; how much you should plant and steps for drying vegetables. The specifics for the herbs and vegetables are very complete; telling the life cycle, size, soil needed and propagation, spacing,…

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