Five Acres and Independence

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This classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information. Written by a renowned horticulturist, it has taught generations how to make their land self-sufficient, with explanations of organic farming techniques and reliable advice on other topics, including irrigation, livestock, crops, greenhouses, fertilizers, much more. 95 figures.
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This classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information. Written by a renowned horticulturist, it has taught generations how to make their land self-sufficient, with explanations of organic farming techniques and reliable advice on other topics, including irrigation, livestock, crops, greenhouses, fertilizers, much more. 95 figures.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486209746
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 6/1/1973
  • Series: Dover Books on Herbs, Farming, and Gardening
  • Edition description: Enlarged
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 397
  • Sales rank: 601,137
  • Product dimensions: 5.46 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION
    "A word about the author, his practical experience, and qualifications suggest reliability of the text."
2. CITY vs. COUNTRY LIFE
    Advantages and disadvantages
    City vicissitudes
    "Dependence upon "income" to supply "outgo"
    "Country stability, productivity"
    "Dependence upon "outgo" to supply "income"
    Self-supporting
    "Occupancy of home in country vs. tenancy of "flat" in city "
    "Health, welath, happiness in country home"
3. TRIED AND TRUE WAYS TO FAIL
    "Too little, capital, unfavorable location, uncongenial soil, too large area, inefficient soil preparation and tillage, lack of feding, big-headedness, inexperience, city hours, laziness, too many pets and guests"
4. WHO IS LIKELY TO SUCCEED?
    Thinker and worker
    Owner on the Spot
    Absentee direction
    Book farming
    Observation as a teacher
    Hired help
5. FIGURES DON'T LIE
    Striking figures from U.S. Census and Department of Agriculture reports
    Supply and demand
    Relation to and contrast with individual owner's problems on productive land
6. THE FARM TO CHOOSE
    Soil survey maps
    Character of soil
    Nature of plant growth already on the land
    "Depth, drainage, slope, freedom from stones, previous crops and yields, neighborhood crops and yields"
7. WHERE TO LOCATE
    Good roads
    Their up-keep
    Snow removal
    Site with respect to roadside sales
    Distance from market
    "Schools, churches, electric current, buses, stores, doctors, etc."
8. LAY AND LAY-OUT OF LAND
    Elevation
    Aspect
    Frostiness
    "Impediments such as fences, boulders, stone walls"
    Fields-sizes and shapes
    "Roadways, lanes and paths"
    Arrangement of buildings
9. "WIND-BREAKS, PRO AND CON"
    Importance
    Types
    Influence on crops
    Animals and residence
    Workability in their shelter
    Good and bad kinds
    Saving of fuel
    Production of fuel
10. ESSENTIAL FACTORS OF PRODUCTION
    Good seed
    Good breed of animal
    Variety
    "Strain"
    Abundant water and available plant food in the soil
    Rational tillage
    Ample space between plants and for animals
11. RENTING vs. BUYING
    Advantages and disadvantages of each
    Various ways to manage depend upon each
    Renting with option of buying
    Buying a small place but working large rented area
12. CAPITAL
    Investment and working money
    Cost of land
    Rent of property
    Insurance
    Equipment
    Nursery stock and other plants
    Animals
    Labor
    Time needed to get returns
13. FARM FINANCE
    Importance of credit
    Origin of capital
    How secured
    Borrowing for production
    Usury
    Fundamental rules for borrowing
    Character of borrower and business ability
    Annual inventory and budget
    Bank cashier as advisor and confidant
    Safety deposit boxes
14. FARM ACCOUNTS
    Planning for production
    "Knowledge of market, and the truth about one's business"
    Record of crops and animals individually and of the farm as a whole
    Account books
15. WATER SUPPLY
    Rain water and cisterns
    Filter cisterns
    Cistern capacities
    Cistern cleaning and purification
    Springs gravity piping
    Pneumatic pressure systems
    Hydraulic rams
16 SEWAGE DISPOSAL
    Primitive methods
    Cess pools
    Septic tanks
    Tank construction
    Personal experience
17. FUNCTIONS OF WATER
    Necessity in plant and animal growth
    Quantity needed by plants
    Types of water in soil
    Conservation by tillage and mulching
18. DRAINAGE
    Importance
    Methods
    Instances to prove their value
19. IRRIGATION
    Methods
    Types of apparatus
    Assurance of adequate water
    Success in spite of drought
    Use to supply fertilizer and certain kinds of spraying
20. FROST DAMAGE PREVENTION
    What frost is
    How it affects plants
    Plant resistance to damage
    Hardy and tender plants
    Preventing fall of temperature to or below danger point
    Forecasting local frosts
    Methods available
21. LIVE STOCK
    "Advantages and disadvantages of keeping cow, pig, poultry, rabbits, bees"
    Desirable and undesirable kinds to have
22. POULTRY
    Chicken for eggs and meat
    "Duck, geese, turkeys, pigeons"
    Scrubs vs. breeds and strains
    "Housing, feeding, yarding, range, management "
    Hatching vs. buying day-old chicks
    Brooding
    Sanitation
    Etc.
23. BEES
    Honey the principal interest
    Importance in fruit production
    Management easy but imperative
24. GREENHOUSES
    Standardized styles preferable to home built
    Advantages
    Sizes desirable
    Avoidance of mistakes
    Types of houses
    Ventilation
    Heating
    Greenhouse builders' contracts and propostions
25. COLDFRAMES AND HOTBEDS
    Invaluable to start seedlings
    Limitations of each
    Types of each
    How and where to make them
    Hardening-off plants
    Electric heating and regulation most desirable
26. SOILS AND THEIR CARE
    Nature's soils injured by man
    Reclamation
    Types of soils and how to handle them
    Humus
    How to judge soil values
    Soil erosion and its prevention
27. MANURES
    Stable manure best
    Why
    Scarcity and cost
    Fresh vs. rotted
    Dried and pulverized
    Amounts to apply
    Functons in the soil
    Experiences and experiments
28. COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS
    Supplements to manures
    Organic and inorganic
    Value of each
    Cautions in using
    Compositon
    Most important unmixed ones
    Functions of each
    "Mixed goods"
  
    Importance of competent advice before attempting such work
    Many trees not worth reclamation
    How to determine useful ones
    Tree surgery not desirable from income basis
    Personal appraisal methods
    Renovation methods
37. FRUIT TREE PRUNING
    Principles
    Applications
    Methods good and bad
    Times to prune
    Tree architecture
    Building strong trees
    Vine and Bush training and pruning
    Knowledge of flower bud formation and position essential
38. GRAFTING FRUIT TREES
    Simple methods
    Trees not to graft
    Best ones and best branches to use
    How to get and keep scions
    Time to graft
    Grafting waxes
    Paraffin
    Repair or bridge grafting to save girdled trees.
39. HOW TO AVOID NURSERY STOCK LOSSES
    "Buyers, not nurserymen, most often responsible for death of stock"
    Right and wrong handling
    Loose planting
    Bearing age trees unsatisfactory
    Young stock best to order
    Pruning after planting
    Treatment of Y-crotch trees
    Staking
    Label removal
40. VEGETABLE CROPS TO AVOID AND TO CHOOSE
    "Quick and slow maturing kinds, staple and fancy kinds high and low quality varieties, good vs. poor keepers, kinds saleable in several ways"
41. SEEDS AND SEEDING
    Types of seeds
    Effect of weight on sprouting and the crop
    Seed testing
    Age of seed
    Seedsman's reputation
    "Special stock" seed"
    Seedsmen's trial grounds
    "Seed growing, selection"
    Sowing times
    Temperature
    Depth
    Etc.
42. TRANSPLANTING
    Stages of development
    Pre-watering
    Preparation of soils and flats
    "Lifting, pricking-out, spotting board and dibble"
    "Depth, watering, hardening"
    Planting in the open
    After-care
43. PLANTS FOR SALE
    Often highly profitable near town of amateur gardeners
    General and special stocks and sales methods
    Advertising
44. SOMETHING TO SELL EVERY DAY
    Crops in demand
    "Crops that "work over well"
    "Pickles, jams, jellies, juices, syrups, preserves, "canned goods"
    Eggs
    Chickens
    Ducks
    Honey
    Plants
    Flowers
45. STRAWBERRIES
    Regular season and everbearing kinds
    Culture systems of training
    "After fruiting, what? "
    Companion and succession crops
    Quickest fruit to bear
    Often highly profitable
    Every farm should have them
46. GRAPES
    Planting
    Pruning
    Training
    Precocious and annual fruiting
    Long season of fruiting by successional ripening of varieties and storage
47. BUSH AND CANE FRUITS
    "Raspberry, blackberry, currant, gooseberry, dewberry, blueberry"
    Varieties
    Culture
48. SMALL FARM FRUIT GARDENS
    Does the ordinary farm orchard pay?
    Investigational experiment
    Improved methods of cultivation
    Varieties for home use
    Sequence of rippening
    Lay-out of orchard and small fruits
49. SELECTION OF TREE FRUITS
    Varieties to choose
    Type of trade to work for
    "General market, roadside sales, personal trade"
    Successional ripening to hold trade
    Filler trees and other fruits
    Inter-tilled crops to help pay costs of development
50. STORAGE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES
    "Methods, good and bad for various types of crops"
    "Root cellars, pits, storage houses, lofts"
    Arrangement
    Ventilation
    Cooling
    Heating
    Sanitation
    Fumigation
51. ESSENTIALS OF SPRAYING AND DUSTING
    "Spraying, dusting and other methods effective when properly used"
    Fruit and vegetable insect enemies
  APPENDICES
  INDEX
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    Wrong author

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