The Self-Sufficiency Handbook

The Self-Sufficiency Handbook

by Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater

Paperback

$13.50

Overview

Anyone considering a shift to a greener way of living must get this inspirational and practical guide. With easy-to-read layouts and simple text, it runs the full ecological gamut, from geothermal heating to crop rotation to soap making. The Bridgewaters, well-regarded garden writers, help readers answer questions such as how much land they really require, whether or not to depend entirely on natural forms of energy, and which farm animals will best meet their needs. There’s practical information on building an insulated flue-pipe chimney, identifying edible wild plants, and composting with worms. In addition to recipes for jams, rhubarb wine, and other delicious foods, three A-Z sections offer planting and harvesting instructions for vegetables and salad crops, fruits, and herbs.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847739636
Publisher: New Holland Australia(AU)
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Gill and Alan Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of highly successful gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including garden design, ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and household woodworking. They have also contributed to several international magazines. Alan and Gill live in Rye, East Sussex.

Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of highly successful gardening and DIY books on a range of subjects, including garden design, ponds and patios, stone and brickwork, decks and decking, and household woodworking. They have also contributed to several international magazines. Alan and Gill live in Rye, East Sussex.

Table of Contents

Introduction 6

The Land 8

The Perfect plot 10

Country living 16

Town living 18

Living abroad 20

The Self Sufficient House 22

The perfect house - an overview 24

The perfect house - the autonomous house 26

The perfect house - the passive house 27

The perfect house - the high-tech house 28

The perfect house - the natural house 29

Heating and cooking - traditional options 30

Woodburing stoves 34

Lighting 40

Water 42

Toilet systems 44

Solar power 46

Wind power 52

Geothermal heating 58

Water power 60

Recycling 62

Insulation 64

The Organic Food Garden 70

Organic gardening 72

Wild food 74

Soil care 76

Water for the garden 78

Weed control 80

Crop rotation 82

Digging 84

Tractors, tillers and rotovators 86

Sowing and planting 88

Growing under cover 90

Growing methods 92

Planning the year 94

Potatoes 96

Brassicas 98

Beetroot 100

Legumes 102

Root vegetables 104

Onions 106

Cucurbits 108

Fruiting vegetables 110

Salad leaves 112

Stem vegetables 114

A-Z of vegetables and salads 116

A-Z of fruit 131

A-Z of herbs 138

Animal Husbandry 144

Keeping chickens 146

Keeping ducks 150

Keeping geese 151

Keeping sheep 152

Keeping goats 154

Keeping a cow 158

Keeping pigs 160

Keeping bees 162

The Pantry 164

Dry-curing bacon 166

Making sauerkraut 168

Smoking cheese 170

Drying mushrooms 171

Making butter 172

Making cheese 174

Bottling fruit 176

Making chutney 178

Making jam 180

Making beer 182

Making cider 184

Making wine 186

Making soap 188

Making candles 189

Useful addresses 190

Index 191

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MollyChick More than 1 year ago
Although i live in the city i trully find this reading fascinating and educational. brings my thoughts back to when i spent many summers upstate New York back in the 80's at camp eating healthy, and learning about our the environment. I find this book an eye opener and a guide to help me decide what to do with a piece of land. Buy and give as a gift to family and friends who have a yard and land space.. LOVE it!