v, 522 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 29 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 505-509) and index.
The home garden. Planning a garden ; Improving your soil ; Conserving water ; Mulching in your garden and yard ; Organic gardening ; Start your own vegetable garden ; Start your own flower garden ; Planting trees ; Container gardening ; Rooftop gardens ; Terracing ; Raised beds ; Growing plants without soil ; Pest and disease management ; Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Bees to your Garden ; Harvesting your garden ; Community Garden ; Farmers' Markets -- Pantry. Eating Well -- Food Co-Ops ; Canning ; Drying and freezing ; Edible wild plants and mushrooms ; Make your own foods ; Sharing your Bounty -- The backyard farm. Chickens ; Ducks ; Turkeys ; Beekeeping ; Goats ; Sheep ; Llamas -- Simple structures for your land. Doghouses ; Birdhouses ; Simple stables ; Poultry houses ; Fences, gates, and pens ; Basic bridges ; Tool sheds and workshops ; Smokehouses ; Root cellars ; Treehouses and Brush Houses ; Trellises ; Weathervanes -- Energy. Solar energy ; Wind energy ; Hydropower ; Geothermal energy ; Composting toilets ; Greywater -- Crafts. Handmade candles ; Making your own soap ; Potpourri From Your Garden ; Pottery basics ; Handmade Jewelry ; Knitting ; Bookbinding ; Tying knots ; Kites ; Boomerangs ; Toboggans ; Preserving Flowers ; Cornhusk Dolls ; Basketweaving ; Marketing your Skills -- Well-being. Herbal medicine ; Natural Disasters ; First aid ; Managing and Reducing Stress ; Massage ; Interior Design -- Stenciling ; Wallpapering ; Lighting ; Feng Shui ; Intentional Communities.
Wherever you live - farm, suburb, or even city - The Homesteading Handbook will show you how to embrace a more self-sufficient lifestyle. Learn to plan, plant, and harvest your own organic garden. Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing. Build and install alternate energy devices such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps. Who doesn't want to shrink their carbon footprint, save money, and eat fresh, homegrown food whenever possible? Even readers who are very much on the grid will embrace this fully-illustrated guide on the basics of living the good, clean life. From beekeeping to basket weaving to baking, this handy guide has everything you need to experience the satisfaction that comes with self-sufficiency, as well as the assurance that you have done your part to help keep our planet green.--COVER.
Backyard guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more