Creating Your Backyard Farm

Creating Your Backyard Farm

by Nicki Trench

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Creating Your Backyard Farm by Nicki Trench

If you dream of growing, harvesting, and eating your own produce, here’s how to begin.

Author Nicki Trench, who has created her own backyard farm from scratch, shares with you everything there is to know about growing vegetables, fruit, and herbs, including making your own compost, growing in raised beds, and protecting your crops from pests and disease. Nicki also explains how to rear chickens for eggs and bees for honey, and gives advice on keeping goats and pigs. The benefits of creating your backyard farm are not just economic—the energy once obsessively expended on the exercise bike can now be channelled more productively by digging the vegetable patch, turning the compost or cleaning out the hen coop. Communities are reappearing over backyard fences as neighbors share their harvest of zucchini, spinach, and eggs. Whatever you choose to grow or rear on your backyard farm, this book offers a taste of the good life that is easy, satisfying, and inexpensive to achieve.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781908862938
Publisher: Ryland Peters & Small
Publication date: 02/14/2013
Edition description: US Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 1,200,863
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Nicki Trench is a bestselling author, crafter, and vegetable grower. As well as teaching, lecturing, and feature writing on knitting, crochet, sewing, cake decorating, and hen keeping, she is the founder of Laughing Hens, the UK’s leading online yarn store, and Rooster Yarns. Some of her books include Geek Chic Crochet, Cute & Easy Crocheted Baby Clothes, A Passion for Quilting, and Cute & Easy Crochet.

The author is based in Radlett, Hertfordshire, UK.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

Chapter 1 Starting Off 12

Planning your kitchen garden 14

Soil 20

Composting 24

Wormeries 28

Growing in raised beds 30

Equipment 32

Chapter 2 Sowing and Growing 36

Growing under cover 38

Sowing and planting 42

Growing in containers 51

Watering 54

Pests and diseases 58

Chapter 3 The Kitchen Garden 62

Root vegetables 64

Brassicas 72

Legumes 82

Onion family 90

Pumpkins and squashes 98

Leaves 104

Steam and perennial vegetables 110

Growing fruit 122

Growing herbs 134

Wild food 140

Storing produce 144

Chapter 4 Keeping Animals 148

Hen keeping 150

Beekeeping 170

Keeping goats 178

Keeping pigs 180

Useful addresses and websites 182

Index 187

Author's acknowledgments 192

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