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Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable. More than 150 of Storey's expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide t ...more
Paperback, 576 pages
Published September 1st 1999 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Nov 08, 2007 Carrie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: people who want to be self-reliant
This is more like a series of articles by different experts than a front-to-cover book. I was hoping that in reading this, I would be able to do a lot of things I still can't do, like build a wall. But at least now I understand the process. It's really a farm reference, explaining how to lay out a farm, how to wire your house, how to grow vegetables, make preserves, etc. I'm not really a hands-on kinda girl, but I still plan to make my own Adirondack chairs someday and this book will show me how ...more
Awesome. Practical advice on selecting your farm property, building a farm house (even how to wire it and renovate furniture for it!), and of course, everything else you need to know. Vegetable gardening/farming for self-sufficiency, livestock, etc. Several sections of the book are really articles written by various authors on the topic, and they vary a little in quality. But if you're looking for the maximum practical information for your penny (and minimum self-righteous puffery), this book ro ...more
"This book has it all. if you are interested in self sufficiency, living back to the earth, animal care, gardening, whatever, just open this book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. I went out and purchased a copy after borrowing an issue from my local library
Apr 07, 2013 Carolyn McBride rated it 4 of 5 stars
I think this is a great book! Some chapters cover a lot, like gardening for example. You can learn how to build a rose arbor, learn about beneficial insects or how to rotate your garden beds. (Obviously, I'm only skimming the surface here) You can also learn about essential oils, cleaning your home with less corrosive methods, you can learn about attracting butterflies, the plumbing system in your home, basic home improvements, greenhouses, preserving all kinds of food, barns, fences, tools you ...more
This book took me awhile to chew through, mostly because there is just so much information. Sure, it's beginning level information for the most part, but that's explicitly stated in the title. The book is composed of articles written by different authors, introduced by the Storeys. This book has so much information covering so many topics by different authors it's hard to really do a strict review, so I'll just sum up my overall impression: Wow! Granted, it's just dipping a toe into the topics, ...more
Wow! This is a pretty all inclusive book with a lot of valuable life skills in them. It starts with advice on choosing and buying a home, goes into plumbing and electrical, includes recipes and info on livestock, and is just an incredibly useful hodgepodge of information.
As I'm currently trying to hone my green thumb skills, the gardening section of this book held the most interest for me. The most important concept that I took away from this informative collection of country wisdom is that I have a lot to learn if I ever want to buy some land, set up a small farm, and be more self-reliant.
This book took an approach to instruction that was both clear and entertaining. It addresses a great many nuances of country life, from building a stone wall to when to plant the basil to how to butcher a hog. I intend to add a copy to my collection when circumstances allow, as a writing resource if nothing else.