Loved it!
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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.