The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More

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With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you:

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Overview


With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to Mother Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you:

     • Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.
     • Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.
     • Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.
     • Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.
     • Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.
     • Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.
     • Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.

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. The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.

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Whether people are motivated by economic or social sensibility, self-sufficiency has growing appeal. This revised handbook (originally published in 2009) appears to cover it all but falls short. Group activities such as community gardening and selling handicrafts have been removed from this edition, and the sections that remain have not been updated. There are a lot of ideas offered but no practical instruction. The clip art-like illustrations are simplistic, and the photographs lack useful detail. Carleen Madigan's The Backyard Homestead offers more practical advice with nods toward community regulations and being a good neighbor.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616082659
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/25/2011
  • Series: Back to Basics Guides Series
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 170,291
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Abigail R. Gehring is the editor of Back to Basics, Homesteading,
and Self-Sufficiency, and author of Odd Jobs and Dangerous
Jobs. She’s practiced living self-sufficiently since her childhood in
Vermont, being home-schooled, home-canning jams and jellies,
and enjoying natural crafts. She lives in New York City and Windham,
Vermont.
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  • Posted September 3, 2011

    A catch-all book on homesteading

    The Homesteading Handbook
    Abigail R. Gehring

    The Homesteading Handbook is your back to the basics guide for just about everything homesteading. It touches on a multitude of topics, giving a basic description and idea for each. If you want to get your feet wet on homesteading ideas and the vastness that can go with it from raising your own garden to generating your own electricity.. this book is perfect for you.

    This book covers such a vast amount of topics that I was just amazed. It begins with gardening, testing your soil, the right place for a garden and in detail which vegetables work best together, which trees are best for your environment, and even flowers to add to your garden. Pest control, water irrigation, and composting add to the gardeners knowledge.
    Canning and preserving foods naturally fits in nicely after the gardening topic. The homesteader needs to know pressure times, canning information, dehydrating, freezing information to get started and this book provides a wealth of information on this topic. It even includes recipes for the beginner to utilize.
    Raising farm animals is another topic that the book covers, small sections on a majority of the major farm animals. If you are looking for a more detailed livestock guide you will want to get a book tailored to the animals you want to raise. This just covers some basic information.
    A section on barns, sheds, chicken coops, bridges and how to build them is a nice addition to any homestead farm. It gives basic plans and ideas for building which can propel you to design on your own or find a more detailed book specific to the building you want to build.
    I was surprised to see a section on energy included in the homesteading book, guess I just personally had not given it much thought, but it is indeed a modern day homesteading need for creating your own electricity and energy via windmills, solar energy, and geothermal heat pumps.

    The Homestead Handbook covers a little bit of everything homestead related. I think it is a great book for someone thinking about getting back to the basics and getting a taste of what it may take to achieve that goal. A new landowner can be exposed to a wide range of possibilities for their land and then be able to pick and choose the ideas that speak to them. They would want then to get a book detailed to that subject.
    Fantastic beginner guide, and very thorough its sphere of subjects!

    I received a copy of this book from Skyhorse publishing in exchange for an honest review.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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