- 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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The Backyard homestead
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Call number: 635 Ba
Available Copies: Downtown 2nd Floor, Malletts Adult
"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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The writing is accessible, but authoritative, and the book is organized intuitively.
It is the best book on small-space gardening I have read.
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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