Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency

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Backyard Homesteading: A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency  by David Toht

I have found this book to be an excellent reference for planning various projects around our homestead. It has a wealth of information on pretty much everything you need to know about getting back to basics. Here is a listing of some of the topics.

GETTING STARTED
• Benefits of pure food
• Family recreation
• Local regulations for backyard homesteaders
• Potential yields and savings

RAISING VEGETABLES AND HERBS
• Garden planning/layout
• Structures/irrigation
• Vegetable profi les
• Planting techniques
• Composting/healthy soil
• Seasonal gardening

GROWING FRUITS, BERRIES, AND NUTS
• Planting fruit trees and bushes
• Fruit profiles
• Organic pest control
• Grafting and pruning
• Harvesting methods

RAISING CHICKENS
• The joy of chickens
• Collecting eggs
• Care and feeding tips
• Other small animals

RAISING GOATS
• Benefits of goat milk
• Structures/fencing
• Care and feeding tips
• Other large animals

BEEKEEPING
• Benefits of beekeeping
• Care and harvesting
• Building hives
• Collecting honey

HARVEST HOME
• Canning/drying/freezing
• Making beer, wine, cider
• Making jerky, sausage
• Making jams, jellies
• Pickling/salting/smoking
• Building root cellars

I enjoyed reading this book and have referred back to it consistently , and hope that all of you will enjoy it as well and be able to add it to your library of must have references.

Cheers

   

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