Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency

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Teaching all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land, from harnessing natural forms of energy and raising crops to keeping livestock and preserving foodstuffs, this new format of John Seymour's classic is still the most practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.
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Overview

Teaching all the skills needed to live independently in harmony with the land, from harnessing natural forms of energy and raising crops to keeping livestock and preserving foodstuffs, this new format of John Seymour's classic is still the most practical guide for realists and dreamers alike.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756628895
  • Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/30/2007
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,401,034
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 8.56 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

John Seymour authored over 40 books, including the DK's best-selling Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency and The Forgotten Arts & Crafts. He died in the fall of 2004 at the age of 90.
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Table of Contents


Contents     4
Why a Concise Guide?     6
The Self-Supporting Life     8
Foreword from 2002 Edition     10
Introduction     12
The Meaning of Self-Sufficiency
The Way to Self-Sufficiency     20
Humans and their Environment     26
The Urban Garden     28
The Allotment     32
Food from the Garden
The Food-Producing Garden     38
The Deep Bed     43
Sowing and Planting     46
Growing under Cover     49
Protecting from Pests     51
Maintaining a Healthy Plot     54
Vegetables     54
Herbs     71
Vegetables Through the Year     80
Winter     84
Spring     86
Early Summer     88
Late Summer     90
Autumn     92
The Greenhouse     94
Soft Fruit     96
Tree Fruit     100
Caring for Fruit Trees     104
Clearing Land     107
Making Use of Trees     110
Hedging and Fencing     115
Scything     122
Food from Nature
Pigs     126
Poultry     130
Rabbits     139
Bees and Honey     140
Plants, Nuts, and Berries     144
Mushrooms     146
In the Kitchen
The Storeroom     150
Harvesting and Storing     152
Making Bread     156
Preserving     160
Freezing     162
Bottling     166
Making Pickles and Chutneys     169
Making Jams and Syrups     172
Cakes, Biscuits, and Puddings     176
Meats     178
Fish     180
Vegetables     182
Brewing Basics     184
Making Beer     186
Making Wine     190
Making Cider and Vinegar     195
Energy and Waste
Food for the Garden     200
Managing Waste     203
Saving Energy     206
Heat from the Sun     209
Power from the Wind     212
Crafts and Skills
The Workshop     216
Building     218
Knots and Ropework     222
Working in Wood     224
Basketry     230
Things You Need to Know
Becoming a Self-Supporter      234
"Getting it Together"     241
Contacts and References     243
Index     247
Acknowledgements     256
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