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  • Published: North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., c2009.
  • Year Published: 2009
  • Description: 367 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 23 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781603421386
  • 1603421386

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The Backyard homestead

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Call number: 635 Ba

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"Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!" -- cover.

Start your own backyard homestead -- The home vegetable garden -- Backyard fruits and nuts -- Easy, fragrant herbs -- Homegrown grains -- Poultry for eggs and meat -- Meat and dairy -- Food from the wild.

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A great primer and reference

While yes, this book only touches on many topics about which entire books are written, it is a great beginner resource. I plan to purchase a copy to keep for reference, because it contains so many handy tables, charts, etc.
The writing is accessible, but authoritative, and the book is organized intuitively.
It is the best book on small-space gardening I have read.

Loved it!

The Backyard Homestead is a wonderful book with a huge range of topics. One topic in particular that I found very helpful was the possible garden layouts for different acreage (beginning with a 10th of an acre). It is helpful and encouraging to see what a smaller yard would be able to contribute to my table. Did you know that on a 10th of an acre you can have 8 4x8 ft. garden beds, fruit trees, six chickens, rabbits, two beehives, and more? I did not until I picked up this book.

My only concern is that I know that there are entire books written on any one topic contained in The Backyard Homestead. However, maybe it is good to have a broad overview to get started. Otherwise I might become paralyzed with information. One section of this book that I was able to apply right away was the small section on pruning. It is very strait forward and the pictures that the book includes are very helpful.

I loved just looking through the book in the winter months and thinking about all of the possibilities. It touches on such topics as the different varieties of chickens/goats/etc… how to tap a maple tree, and many other little tips for handling a vegetable garden. I have definitely checked this book out more than once, and will most likely buy it so that I can mark it up and reference it whenever I want to. It is definitely geared toward the beginner gardener so all those master gardeners out there might not find it very helpful.

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