Down to Earth

Down to Earth

by Rhonda Hetzel


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Down to Earth by Rhonda Hetzel

I was pulled into simple living before I knew what it was. It crept up on me using the smallest of steps and didn't reveal its true beauty and real power until I was totally hooked. I was searching for a way to live well while spending very little money. What I found was a way of life that also gave me independence, opportunity and freedom.

Rhonda Hetzel gently encourages readers to find the pleasure and meaning in a simpler life, sharing all the practical information she has gathered on her own journey. Whether you want to learn how to grow tomatoes, bake bread, make your own soap and preserve fruit, or just be inspired to slow down and live more sustainably, Down to Earth will be your guide.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780670075928
Publisher: Penguin Books Australia
Publication date: 02/01/2012
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 906,524
Product dimensions: 7.30(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Rhonda Hetzel is a retired journalist and technical writer best known for her award-winning blog, Down to Earth. Rhonda is a keen volunteer worker and is often found presenting simple-living workshops in her community. She won the Green Lifestyle magazine's Local Green Hero Award in 2014. Rhonda is the author of The Simple Life.

Table of Contents

Living Simply 1

A change of heart 2

What Is simple living? 7

Moving towards simplicity 10

Living deliberately 17

Ages and Stages 21

Decade decisions 22

Simple living in your twenties 24

Simple living in your thirties 27

Simple living in your forties 31

Simple living in your fifties 34

Simple living in retirement 37

Simple living throughout your life 42

Saving and Spending 45

Reclaim your life 46

Step 1: Track your spending 51

Step 2: Reduce your spending 54

Step 3: Take control 60

Step 4: Start an emergency fund 66

Step 5: Pay off debt 68

Family Finances 74

Home 83

Finding home 84

Building strong families 90

Growing up 93

Modern living with an eye to the past 98

Learning traditional skills 102

An open invitation 108

Housework 111

Housework never ends 112

A clean sweep 117

Homemade green cleaners 121

Safe and simple cleaning 132

Gleaning you 146

Organising Your Life 155

Finding your rhythm 156

Decluttering 161

Routines 164

Organising your belongings 171

Home-Grown Self-Reliance 179

Gardening grows the spirit 180

Enriching your soil 182

Choosing what to grow 187

Growing vegetables from seeds 190

Saving vegetable seeds 197

Fertilising 202

Harvesting your crops 204

Growing food in containers 209

The Sustainable Backyard 213

Garden maintenance 214

Bugs and insects 220

Keeping chickens 225

Composting 233

Worm farming 237

Harvesting your rainwater 243

Nourishment 247

The heart of the home 248

Organising your food 250

Storing your food 256

Preserving food 267

Shopping for food 273

Cooking from scratch 278

The hierarchy of food waste 282

Kitchen checklist 284

Recipes 287

Baking 288

Dairy food 288

Fermenting 301

Simple everyday recipes 304

Dressing's and stocks 310

Let's begin 313

Resources 317

Acknowledgements 324

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