Explains how to grow an organic garden, preserve the food one grows, build alternate-energy devices by hand, identify edible wild foods, conserve water, handcraft household items and much more, in a book with 500 full-color illustrations. Original.
Anyone who wants to learn basic living skills—the kind employed by our forefathers—and adapt them for a better life in the twenty-first century need look no further than this eminently useful, full-color guide. With hundreds of projects, step-by-step sequences, photographs, charts, and illustrations, The Back to Basics Handbook will help you dye your own wool with plant pigments, graft trees, raise chickens, craft a hutch table with hand tools, and make treats such as blueberry peach jam and cheddar cheese. The truly ambitious will find instructions on how to build a log cabin or an adobe brick homestead. More than just practical advice, this is also a book for dreamers— even if you live in a city apartment you will find your imagination sparked, and there’s no reason why you can’t, for example, make a loom and weave a rag rug. Complete with tips for old-fashioned fun (square dancing calls, homemade toys, and kayaking tips), this is the ultimate concise guide to voluntary simplicity.
Homesteading іѕ a lіfеѕtуlе оf self-sufficiency. It іѕ сhаrасtеrіzеd by ѕubѕіѕtеnсе agriculture, hоmе preservation of fооd, аnd mау аlѕо іnvоlvе the small ѕсаlе рrоduсtіоn of textiles, сlоthіng, аnd сrаftwоrk for household uѕе оr ѕаlе. Pursued іn dіffеrеnt wауѕ around the wоrld-аnd іn different hіѕtоrісаl eras-homesteading is generally dіffеrеntіаtеd from rural village оr commune lіvіng bу isolation (еіthеr socially оr рhуѕісаllу) оf thе homestead. Uѕе of the tеrm іn thе United States dаtеѕ back tо thе Hоmеѕtеаd Aсt (1862) аnd bеfоrе. In ѕub-Sаhаrаn Africa, particularly іn nаtіоnѕ fоrmеrlу соntrоllеd by thе Brіtіѕh Emріrе, a hоmеѕtеаd іѕ thе hоuѕеhоld compound for a single extended family. In thе UK, the tеrm 'smallholder' оr 'сrоftѕ' іѕ thе rоugh equivalent оf 'homesteader'. Here is a full-color guide to help you and your family to be kinder to Mother Earth, while being kind to your bank account! It doesn't matter where your homestead is located-farm, suburb, or even city-you can learn to grow vegetables, use alternative energy, can and preserve, and more! You, too, can be more self-sufficient!With the rapid depletion of our planet's natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it's just as important to save money as it is to go green.Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.
Learn to homestead and learn to be self-sufficient. Modern-day homesteaders are throwbacks to the days of old. They raise and grow much of their food, practice food preservation techniques and know how to live off the land. While some may scoff at the lifestyle of a homesteader, they tend to be happier and healthier than most people caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Western lifestyle. Homesteaders make efficient use of their time and their money in an effort to be largely self-sufficient. This book covers many of the topics a beginning homesteader is going to want to learn more about before getting started. Here are just some of the many topics covered in this helpful handbook: What homesteading is and how it can benefit you. Why the all or nothing approach isn't the best approach for most people. Urban homesteading: Homesteading with limited space. How to get started when money is an issue. 20 ways homesteading can save money on groceries. How to save money by buying food in bulk. Includes a number of places you can buy bulk food from you might not know about. Purchasing land and building a home. How to get free or inexpensive land for a homestead. Growing your own produce. How to store food by preserving it: Canning, drying, fermenting, freezing and root cellaring. Raising livestock. Beekeeping. Rainwater collection. Greywater collection. Buy this handbook today and learn what you need to know to get started homesteading!
Do You Want to Learn How to Save Seeds? The Homesteading Handbook vol. 3: The Heirloom Seed Saving Guide is the 3rd book in the well-received Homesteading Handbooks series of books. It's your guide to collecting seeds from a number of popular garden fruits, vegetables and herbs. If you've ever considered saving seeds, this book is your key to unlocking the secrets of seed saving. The following topics are covered in this handy guide: Why seed saving is important and how it can save money while protecting the world's food supply. The 4 most common types of seeds, including 2 seed types you never want to attempt to save seeds from. The many ways plants can produce seeds and how flowers are pollinated. How to ensure the genetic lines of your heirloom plants stay pure. How to attract pollinators from long distances away. Growing healthy plants that develop healthy seeds. Saving seeds from wet-seeded and dry-seeded crops. How to safely store seeds to ensure longevity. A simple method of testing seed viability. A discussion on whether organic seeds are absolutely necessary. In addition to the invaluable general information on saving seeds, there are in-depth instructions provided for collecting seeds from 48 of the most popular garden vegetables, herbs and fruits. If you're saving seeds, you're going to want this handbook. Click the "Buy Now" button to purchase this book and learn all about saving seeds from your favorite plants today.
The Homesteading Handbook vol. 2 teaches you how to grow an organic vegetable garden. A good organic garden is the key to a great homestead. Learn what you should (and shouldn't) do to ensure success in the garden. Follow the directions in this easy-to-follow handbook and you'll soon have a bounty of delicious and healthy organic vegetables growing in your own backyard. The following topics are covered inside: What organic gardening is and why it's important. Pesticides in conventionally-grown vegetables. Saving money with organic gardening and how to maximize your savings. Living off the land: Becoming self-sufficient. Planning a garden big enough to feed a family. Row gardening, raised-row gardening, wide-row gardening, raised-bed gardening, companion planting, square foot gardening and container gardening. Choosing a garden plot: What you need to know about soil, space, sunlight and wind. Prepping the soil. Organic soil amendments. Watering your plants. Saving seeds. Choosing varieties of produces: Terms you need to know. Organic pest control. Growing guides for 30 of the most popular garden vegetables. If you're planning on starting an organic vegetable garden, you need this handbook! Buy it today and get ready to go organic.
Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them - no matter where on the planet you call home. Author ALEX PAUL M.D With the rapid depletion of our planet's natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it's just as important to save money as it is to go green.Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.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. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land
This book serves as you're first and foremost guide for homesteading. Homesteading is not just a new type of gardening or some fancy way of living currently in vogue. It is one of the most ancient methods practiced by several civilizations as you have understood by now and the closest way to living in harmony with nature. Homesteading way of life was very common in the past and people have been consistently growing fruits and vegetables in their backyard from times immemorial. Moreover, the concept of raising chicken in the backyard pen is not uncommon either. While the idea of homesteading and self-sufficiency might not be new, the ways in which homesteading is practiced has certainly undergone a drastic change. It is a way of life and a choice you make. I understand any change comes with resistance and suspicion especially when it requires your precious time and energy on a day to day basis. But I assure you the results are far reaching and you will see the amazing results it brings to you and your family in terms of superior quality of health and thus life. Hence take this book only as a beginner's guide and keep continuing your journey in to homesteading and organic living with several other books and blogs. I suggest joining your local, organic gardening clubs to share ideas and get the encouragement to continue this journey.
No BS Guide on Homesteading and Self Sufficiency Do you enjoy dining on garden-fresh vegetables? Do you like to save money? Why not combine the two by homesteading so you can eat healthy veggies plucked fresh from your garden without breaking the bank? Gardening is a delicate combination of art and science and there are a lot of basics like water, dirt, and keeping good insects around and bad insects shut out that you need to learn about. In this plain-talking handbook, William Whittaker explains all of the homesteading gardening basics required to set up and set your self-sufficiency homesteading dreams into motion without having to shift through loads of "B.S." or fancy and confusing terminology. This attractively-illustrated homesteading handbook is a useful kick starter for novice gardeners wishing to avoid costly common mistakes while quickly turn their homesteading ideas into a money-saving (instead of money draining) reality. If you've ever dreamed of stocking your fridge with loads of veggies on the cheap, break out your wallet and purchase "Homesteading Ideas" today!
The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in: understanding why chickens do what they do creating your very own poultry or egg business preventing and treating ailments with herbal remedies setting up your property, coop, and brooder hatching chicks purchasing chickens properly cooking delicious recipes with your farm fresh eggs and poultry. This is heritage chicken keeping skills 101, with a modern twist. Not only will you gain knowledge about naturally keeping chickens through every stage of their lives, but you’ll fully embrace the joy and ease of raising all-natural chickens on your homestead.
Let The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders be your helpful compendium of herbal information and recipes for building health and tending to minor ailments out on the homestead. When you’re a homesteader, you face many challenges: from a simple cold, to an earache in your child, fleas on the dog, or worms in your goat. Medicines and treatments are never cheap, and are often vague. Wouldn't it be great to grow, forage, and create natural remedies yourself? Look no further than The Herbal Handbook for Homesteaders! Abby Artemisia, a botanist, herbalist, and professional forager, has created this user-friendly resource. If you’re an herbal novice, this guide will demystify the world of herbs. For those with some herbal experience, it will take you deeper into helpful home remedies with new techniques and recipes. Take control of your own health care and that of your family, pets, and livestock, with tips on growing and foraging herbs safely and ethically; secrets to preservation and processing; and easy, soothing recipes. With bonus sections on creating your own herbal apothecary, creating a foraging journal, and more, this handy book is sure to become your go-to reference for all things herbal.
by Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (New York, N.Y.)
The City Homesteader is the handbook for the world of self-sufficient living. It's about living tangibly in a virtual world. It's about being resourceful, saving money, reducing consumption, and increasing self-reliance. Join the many who are raising backyard chickens in the city and tilling their side yards: tapping into natural energy, managing homes more efficiently, and getting back to the earth. Explore the homesteading arts: gardening on small and large scales, raising dwarf fruit trees, sprouting grains, smoking meats and fish, grinding grains for flour, making cheese, making wine, cellaring, heating without fossil fuel, harvesting rainwater, composting, and much moreThe City Homesteader provides all the basics, including how to find supplies and step-by-step instructions that make it easy to follow along. Original illustrations throughout help you create your very own homestead on any piece of earth.
Homesteading: The Ultimate Guide to Self Sufficiency and Sustainable Living If you adore being under the basking rays of the sun and getting messy, then organic gardening is the right thing for you! Organic gardening has grown very prevalent over time since it produces better and improved crops. Due to its widespread all over the world, there are several other descriptions are used about this type of gardening.