A Backyard Guide to Growing your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Who doesn't want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this large, fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. It's written with country lovers in mind--even those who currently live in the city. Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or even the wilderness, there is plenty you can do to improve your life from a green perspective. Got sunlight? Start container gardening. With a few plants, fresh tomatoes, which then become canned tomato sauce, are a real option. Reduce electricity use by eating dinner by candlelight (using homemade candles, of course). Learn to use rainwater to augment water supplies. Make your own soap and hand lotion. Consider keeping chickens for the eggs. From what to eat to supporting sustainable restaurants to avoiding dry cleaning, this book offers information on anything a homesteader needs--and more.

Publisher: New York, NY : Skyhorse Pub., c2009
ISBN: 1602397473
Branch Call Number: 640 H7675 2009
Characteristics: v, 456 p. :,col. ill., col. map ;,23 x 28 cm
Additional Contributors: Gehring, Abigail R.


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Nov 22, 2012
  • abkeller rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Homesteading is extremely relevant, as we pursue our efforts to adopt a more “green” lifestyle on a worldwide scale. The reader will find a host of useful ideas in this book, ranging from growing your own food, canning fruits and vegetables, smoking meats, designing and erecting wind turbines, the art of keeping bees, constructing poultry houses and even solar and thermal heating systems. Photographs and designs will spark the reader’s imagination and, hopefully, lead to a better and cleaner Earth for us all.


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