This is a comprehensive guide to homesteading for anyone. With chapters ranging from gardening, plant specific information, food from animals and kitchen recipes, it covers a lot of information. The book is written in easily understandable language and has a plethora of useful information for growing, harvesting, preserving and using almost all common garden plants.
Don’t let the super cheesy intro in this book fool you! It’s full of good stuff. The intro starts out with an over described scene from the author’s childhood, depicting the “perfect June day” in 1963 when he helped his grandmother shell peas. The introduction is full of over described scenes. The author seems to view gardening and self-sufficiency as an overly romantic lifestyle. Sensing this, I mostly skipped to the informational bits, which are very comprehensive and useful. There are two very long chapters dedicated to garden vegetables. Each vegetable has a synopsis, culture, harvest/yield, storage/preservation, uses, and usually a recipe following. Many times there are pest management sections as well or common diseases and how to avoid them. The same sort of section exists for fruits and herbs in following chapters. In the “Food from Animals” chapter that follows, there is an extensive look into beekeeping and more concise information on chickens, goats, cows, etc. Following that is a chapter on the “Homestead Kitchen”, which explores recipes, canning, preservation techniques and other things included to cooking and storing food.
All the information in this book is concise and easy to read. This book is a must for any homesteading shelf, I plan on purchasing a copy for myself very soon (after the holidays I think). Please pick it up and give it a read, it has great info for beginners and experts alike. It is at least useful as a large reference on gardening and plant cultivation.
Overall: 4.9 out of 5 (negative 0.1 for that super cheesy intro)
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