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Put your backyard to work! Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.

Topics: Farming, Sustainability , Fruits & Veggies, Chickens, Food Preservation, Pigs, Simple Living, Flowers, Domestic, Inspirational, and How-To Guides

Published: Storey Publishing an imprint of Workman eBooks on Feb 11, 2009
ISBN: 9781603425148
List price: $2.99
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This was an intriguing book, but not really practical for my purposes. I don't have the resources or ability to really do anything, and I am not that much of a gardener so the book wasn't all that interesting to me. I skimmed over quite a bit too.

This book covers just about every topic you could think of when it comes to homesteading, but it only covers a little bit of each topic. Put into actual use, this book would be nowhere near enough to help you do any of the things it talks about. You would need to read books on each specific topic or research those topics online to really figure out how to do those things.

What this book IS good for, is giving you some idea of what you're getting into if you're completely clueless about all things homesteading. For example, I was curious about starting a little garden with my favorite veggies. After reading this book I now know that isn't feasible. There is a lot more to gardening even just a small garden with a few vegetables than I thought. I am glad I found all that out without putting hours of research into it. There isn't enough information in this book to really start a garden, but it's definitely enough to get a good idea of what's involved. And so it is with all the other topics they cover.

All in all, it's not a bad read. But I am glad I checked it out at the library rather than reading it.read more
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This was very helpful in planning our layout of the gardens, bees, and animals. We are working on turning our property into a family farm, and we are learning as we go. This book helped us with basics that many books assume you already know. I like the emphasis on efficient land use.read more
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Excellent beginner urban/suburban homesteaders resource. Introduces you to everything that's possible even on a small piece of land. My city doesn't allow for all of these ideas, but I'm implementing those that I can do and am very excited about it.This year I did a very successful test garden an implemented a lot of other ideas from the book: built coldframes, started making bread and sourdough, made yogurt, got a dwarf apple (self pollinating) and raspberries established, started dehydrating, got a grain mill, began sprouting again for winter, and added 2 rabbits (although I'm vegetarian so I got angoras for spinning fiber and fertilizer).I'm very excited to expand my garden to the rest of the yard this year and try some of the other ideas the book has tempted me with. It's inspired me to do more research on my own and go even further, adding skills like spinning and soapmaking in an effort to life as self-sufficiently as city living will allow.read more
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This book is an inspirational introduction to the "minihomestead": producing as much food as possible on as little land as possible. Each section describes a different topic: growing grains, making cheese, keeping bees, and so on. No topic is cover in much detail, but the book does get the thought gears in motion. I especially like the front pages where it shows example yard layouts of 1/8 acre, 1/4 acre, and 1/2 acre and how much food you could produce with each layout.read more
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This was an intriguing book, but not really practical for my purposes. I don't have the resources or ability to really do anything, and I am not that much of a gardener so the book wasn't all that interesting to me. I skimmed over quite a bit too.

This book covers just about every topic you could think of when it comes to homesteading, but it only covers a little bit of each topic. Put into actual use, this book would be nowhere near enough to help you do any of the things it talks about. You would need to read books on each specific topic or research those topics online to really figure out how to do those things.

What this book IS good for, is giving you some idea of what you're getting into if you're completely clueless about all things homesteading. For example, I was curious about starting a little garden with my favorite veggies. After reading this book I now know that isn't feasible. There is a lot more to gardening even just a small garden with a few vegetables than I thought. I am glad I found all that out without putting hours of research into it. There isn't enough information in this book to really start a garden, but it's definitely enough to get a good idea of what's involved. And so it is with all the other topics they cover.

All in all, it's not a bad read. But I am glad I checked it out at the library rather than reading it.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This was very helpful in planning our layout of the gardens, bees, and animals. We are working on turning our property into a family farm, and we are learning as we go. This book helped us with basics that many books assume you already know. I like the emphasis on efficient land use.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
Excellent beginner urban/suburban homesteaders resource. Introduces you to everything that's possible even on a small piece of land. My city doesn't allow for all of these ideas, but I'm implementing those that I can do and am very excited about it.This year I did a very successful test garden an implemented a lot of other ideas from the book: built coldframes, started making bread and sourdough, made yogurt, got a dwarf apple (self pollinating) and raspberries established, started dehydrating, got a grain mill, began sprouting again for winter, and added 2 rabbits (although I'm vegetarian so I got angoras for spinning fiber and fertilizer).I'm very excited to expand my garden to the rest of the yard this year and try some of the other ideas the book has tempted me with. It's inspired me to do more research on my own and go even further, adding skills like spinning and soapmaking in an effort to life as self-sufficiently as city living will allow.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This book is an inspirational introduction to the "minihomestead": producing as much food as possible on as little land as possible. Each section describes a different topic: growing grains, making cheese, keeping bees, and so on. No topic is cover in much detail, but the book does get the thought gears in motion. I especially like the front pages where it shows example yard layouts of 1/8 acre, 1/4 acre, and 1/2 acre and how much food you could produce with each layout.
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
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