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Modern Homesteading

Modern Homesteading

by Living the Country Life


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An accessible guide for the aspiring modern homesteader from the craftsmen at Living the Country Life magazine! Grow your own crops, raise backyard animals, and preserve your bounty for the winter months and beyond.

Once upon a time, people had a real connection with the land. Instead of being mere consumers, they were producers and makers. Traditional skills were learned to eliminate a reliance on others, enabling the self-sufficiency that’s at the heart of the Do-It-Yourself movement. And this artisanal wisdom was passed on to family and friends.

The editors at Living the Country Life magazine have collected this essential expertise into Modern Homesteading, a guide to rediscovering the crucial skills to truly go from farm to table. Whether you live in the country or just want to reconnect with nature in your own backyard, Modern Homesteading provides guidance to:

* Build a chicken coop, raise and care for chicks, and produce farm-fresh eggs for the breakfast table

* Grow your own fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs for a healthy and delicious bounty

* Preserve and can your favorite fruits and vegetables to enjoy their flavors throughout the year

* Customize your garden for a harmonious mix of plants that yield what you need, when you need it

Whether you’re raising urban chickens behind your Brooklyn brownstone or feeding your family from a front-yard organic veggie plot, this book can bring a little self-sufficiency into any life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681882338
Publisher: Weldon Owen
Publication date: 07/25/2017
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.80(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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42 Get a Start in Beekeeping
Thinking about raising honeybees? Here’s what you need to do.
LEARN ABOUT BEES Invest time in learning about the world of bees. Join a local beekeepers club or find a mentor.
SELECT A SITE Look for an out‑of‑the‑way location with distance from neighbors, livestock, and public spaces. A southeastern‑facing spot with morning sun, afternoon shade, wind protection, and nearby nectar sources is best.
PURCHASE SUPPLIES You’ll need a hive, supers (boxes for honey storage), a smoker (to calm bees when working the hive), a hive tool (to remove frames and supers from the hive), a bee veil (to protect your face and neck when working the hive), and gloves. Check farm supply stores, online suppliers, and local apiarists. Starter kits sell for U.S. $250 to $500.
CHOOSE BEES Talk with local beekeepers to find out the best types of bees for your area, then order stock for a spring delivery or pickup. While bees can be shipped, it’s best to buy a “nuc” (nucleus hive, typically four or five frames with bees and brood) from a local apiarist.
HIVE THE BEES Late afternoon or early evening is the best time to hive the honeybees. Ask your supplier for detailed instructions. Check on the hive after a few days and begin following standard beekeeping practices.
61 Churn Your Own Butter
1 quart (1 L) whipping cream*
½ teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt (optional)
STEP 1 Place the cream in the bowl of a stand mixer. Using the whisk attachment, beat the cream on
medium‑high about 8 minutes or until the fat and liquid separate. (Place a towel over the mixer to
avoid getting splashed toward the end of mixing.)
STEP 2 Line a large sieve with a double layer of 100%‑cotton cheesecloth and set it over a bowl. Pour the mixture through the sieve. Gather the cheesecloth around the butter and squeeze to get as much of the liquid out as possible. (Reserve buttermilk for another use.)
STEP 3 If desired, place butter in a medium bowl and use a rubber spatula to knead in salt. Pat butter
with a paper towel to remove any excess liquid. Transfer the butter to a piece of parchment paper or waxed paper. Form into a log or square, wrap, and chill until ready to use or up to 2 weeks.
*RECIPE NOTE If using ultra‑pasteurized whipping cream, it may take longer to beat before the butter separates from the liquid (about 12 minutes total).
PER 1 TABLESPOON BUTTER: 102 cal., 12 g fat (7 g sat. fat), 31 mg chol., 2 mg sodium, 0 g carb.,
0 g fiber, 0 g pro

Table of Contents

Edible Gardening

001 Plant Flowers with Food

002 Know Your Soil

003 Test, Testing 1-2-3

004 Build Better Soil

005 Be in the Know: What's Your SoilpH?

006 Create Compost

007 Plan Your Vegetable Garden

008 Go Organic

009 Start Your Own Seeds

010 Plant Intensively

011 Interplant for Larger Yields

012 Grow Up!

013 Create Your Own American Potager

014 Grow Cool-Weather Salad Greens

015 Know Your Cool Weather Crops

016 Double Up on Potatoes

017 Plant Some Spuds

018 Dig Into New Potatoes

019 Unbury Tasty Treasure

020 Crow Tomatoes from Seed

021 Know Your Hot Weather Crops

022 Know What Tomatoes Crave

023 Taste the Past: Heirlooms

024 Raise It Up

025 Heat Up With Chile Peppers

026 Plant Pepper Seeds

027 Grow Your Own Popcorn

028 Raise Veggies in Containers

029 Plant A Grillside Kitchen Garden

030 Aspire to Asparagus

031 Discover Microgreens

032 Grow Microgreens Indoors

033 Sweeten Your Life: Plant Fruit

034 Crow Your Own Apples

035 Grow Tall: Columnar Apples for Small Spaces

036 Take Your Pick: Cider Apples

Bees, Birds & Butterflies

037 Feed Pollinators

038 Get the Buzz

039 Meet the Pollinators

040 Plant the Right Habitat

041 Attract Pollinators

042 Get a Start in Beekeeping

043 Weave an Old-Fashioned Beeskep

044 Entice Butterflies to a Window Box Buffet

045 Restore Native Plant Communities

046 Boost Butterflies

047 Create a Hummingbird Buffet

048 Create a Butterfly Sipping Station

049 Attract Birds

050 Make a 5-Minute Birdbath

051 Save the Bees

052 Feed the Birds

Do-It-Yourself Recipes

053 Bake Kale Chips

054 Get Juiced

055 Brew Kombucha

056 Prepare Pesto

057 Turn Tomatoes into Ketchup

058 Make Your Own Mustard

059 Hatch Homemade Hot Sauce

060 Dress a Salad with Vinaigrette

061 Churn Your Own Butter

062 Flavor Your Butter

063 Culture Yogurt

064 Bake Artisan Bread

065 Make Fresh Mozzarella

066 Top a Tomato Pizza

067 Chew on Homemade Jerky

068 Make Some Bacon

069 Ferment Sauerkraut

Canning & Freezing

070 Store it Right

071 Learn the Basics of Canning

072 Pick a Method of Preservation

073 Know Your High-Acid and Low-Acid Foods

074 Gear Up for Canning

075 Pack it Raw or Hot

076 Measure Headspace

077 Sterilize Jars and Lids

078 Boil it Down

079 Can Under Pressure

080 Jam On It!

081 Slather on Strawberry Jam

082 Rock Some Raspberry Jam

083 Bite into the Best-Ever Dill Pickles

084 Get Sweet on Pickles

085 Pickle Dilly Green Beans

086 Can Your Own Tomatoes

087 Get Saucy

088 Freeze Your Assets

089 Create Your Own Herbed Vegetable Blend

090 Go Cold

Small Livestock

091 Get a Feathered BFF

092 Meet the Chicken

093 Raise Beautiful Egg Layers

094 Know Homestead Chicken Basics

095 Bring Home Baby Chicks

096 Practice Chick Safety

097 Build a Better Chicken Coop

098 Collect Colorful Eggs

099 Quack Up on Your Acreage

100 Bake Better Cakes with Duck Eggs

101 Enjoy the other Dark Meat

102 Get Hopping with Rabbits

103 Raise Pasture Rabbits for Meat

104 Build a Better Hutch

105 Add Sheep to Your Acreage

106 Build a Sheep's Milk Dairy Flock

107 Discover the Difference between Sheep and Goats

108 Work with a Sheep Shearer

109 Sell Your Wool

110 Raise Dairy Goats for Milk and Cheese

111 Discover Delightful Goats

112 Give them Shelter

113 Learn more about Goats

114 Get-and Keep-Goats

115 Fence Them in with Wire or Vinyl

116 Use Llamas as Predator Control

117 Learn the Shocking Truth about the Electric Fence

Indoors: Live Naturally & Beautifully

118 Hang It Up

119 Store Smart in Your Mudroom

120 Reclaim Wood

121 Light Up Your Life

122 Make a Wood Wine Rack

123 Take Your Places

124 Mix Potpourri from the Garden

125 Pretty up with Pie Tins

126 Frame Your Garden Memories

127 Cultivate African Violets

128 Make a Hand-Tied Bouquet

129 Freshen up with Herbs

130 Make Your Own Soap

131 Clean the Natural Way

132 Organize the Laundry Room

Outdoor Projects

133 Get Glowing

134 Create a Koi Pond

135 Know Your Pond Fish

136 Avoid Overcrowding

137 Fence the Flowers

138 Dress up a Window Box

139 Create a Gardening Station

140 Save Water with a Rain Barrel

141 Set up a Greenhouse

142 10 Steps to a Perfect Cottage Garden

143 Go Native

144 Handcraft a Handbarrow

145 Heat with Firewood

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