The Weekend Homesteader

The Weekend Homesteader

A Twelve-month Guide to Self-sufficiency

Book - 2012
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Whether you want to live off the grid in a fully self-sufficient way, or just turn your backyard into your own small homestead, here is advice on backyard chicken care, how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil, composting, canning, and much more.

The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month--so whether it's January or June you'll find exciting, quick-to-do projects that allow you to start your own homestead without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.

Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables.

As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete.
Publisher: New York : Skyhorse ; London : Constable & Robinson [distributor], c2012.
ISBN: 9781616088828
Branch Call Number: 640 Hess 11/2012
Characteristics: x, 420 p. :,col. ill., col. maps ;,26 cm.


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TSCPL_ScarlettFH Jun 01, 2018

I put this book on top of an already tall stack of gardening-themed library books thinking it might be fun for a quick browse. I didn't expect to enjoy it as much as I did. I found myself actually reading through it, not just browsing. It has some wonderful, practical ideas that can be applied to small spaces. Great photos and easy to read.

Mar 05, 2014

I enjoyed this book. While it would best suit someone with lots of property, I read several good idea and tips for my suburban homesteading such as soil testing, food preservation, how to make a rain barrel, crop rotation, bread making, and more!


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