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Title:
Homesteading : a backyard guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more
Author:
Gehring, Abigail R.
Edition:
2nd ed., updated and rev.
Publication Information:
New York : Skyhorse Pub., [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
v, 522 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Summary:
Wherever you live - farm, suburb, or even city - The Homesteading Handbook will show you how to embrace a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Learn to plan, plant, and harvest your own organic garden. Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing. Build and install alternate energy devices such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps. Who doesn't want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat fresh, homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. From beekeeping to basket weaving to baking, this handy guide has everything you need to experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green.--COVER.
Language:
English
Contents:
The home garden -- Pantry -- The backyard farm -- Simple structures for your land -- Energy -- Crafts -- Well-being.
Added Author:
ISBN:
9781629143668
Format :
Book

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The companion to the bestseller Back to Basics for country, urban, and suburban folks--now fully updated!

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 tomato sauce is a real option with your own homegrown fresh tomatoes. 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.


Author Notes

Abigail R. Gehring is the author of more than a dozen books, including The Homesteading Handbook and The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living . She lives in New York City and Windham, Vermont.


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