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The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading: An Encyclopedia of Independent Living

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The Ultimate Guide to Homesteading is a practical guide with nitty-gritty details on everything a homesteader can do, step-by-step with hundreds of color illustrations and pen and ink sketches.

You can do it! This book will show you how to:

Make your own bread?
Grow a garden all winter
Make a solar oven
Store food without electricity
Raise a water buffalo
Make fine linen from sti
Paperback, 608 pages
Published March 10th 2011 by Skyhorse
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Chris Frost
Jun 10, 2012 rated it did not like it
I was very disappointed with this book. It is in no way encyclopedic, as its title would have you believe. It touches, barely, on a wide variety of topics, but does not go into any kind of depth on any single one of them. At best, this should probably be considered an idea book, giving the reader ideas about what can be done on a homestead, and that the reader may want to learn more about from another, more in-depth source.

The book also contained a fair number of questionable things (stuff that
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
I've read this book twice in the week I've owned it, and still back to reread those areas of particular interest. Everytime I learn something new. While this book does not go into any particular subject in depth (a flaw), it does touch upon all those areas that one would need some proficiency or knowledge in order to live independently (a plus), which leaves it to the reader to pursue those books/knowledge that one needs to fill his/her learning gaps. A terrific overview for those who are just d ...more
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A great introduction to subjects of homesteading. While I would not recommend it as the only book you need, it is a handy companion. The bibliography is stellar.
Jul 08, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, blogger, growing
This book is truly encyclopedic. It felt like I was taking a class on homesteading and this was the text book. So here are my notes from the class:

1. This is not "urban homesteading." This is like, Little House on the Prairie/Off-The-Grid/Post-Peak Oil, hitch the horse to the wagon and weave your own cloth kind of homesteading. This is serious shit for people who want to compost humanure or grow wheat. Survivor stock. Not hobbyists or dabblers.

2. There are hundreds of topics covered in this book
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book would have benefited greatly from a good editor. While it covered a lot of territory on the process of living off of the land in a decent sized property, individual topics were rather hit or miss. Some parts were covered in great detail, and others were merely glossed over. Terms used were frequently left undefined, assuming that you knew the intricacies of horse tack, for instance. In other cases, serious, easily detected errors (like suggesting antibiotics for viruses) made me doubt ...more
Sep 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: green, non-fiction
Shelving in the "Things I might find useful in case of an apocalypse" section.

Topics covered, among many, include:
What do I look for in a tractor?
Which plants contain water?
How do I prepare firewood?
How do I build my own yurt?
How do I breed a horse?
How do I make a cornhusk bed?
How do I braid a hat?
How do I care for a bucksaw?
How do I deliver a baby alone? (Supplies include a big mirror)

Seriously, you want to be the first to steal this book from the library in case of an apocalypse. But you m
Mar 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: how-to
After having heard many good things about the earlier book put out by this author, I went ahead and pre-ordered this book. It arrived last week and it's already apparent that it over promises and under delivers. While it covers a ton of subjects, it does so with so little detail as to be nearly useless to someone truly intent upon adopting the homesteading way of life - it's more like a coffee-table book teaser - pretty pictures, not much substance. My suggestion it to save your money and instea ...more
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adults, non-fiction
"Shelving in the "Things I might find useful in case of an apocalypse" section." - Tamara, Web Content Librarian

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This books is so dense, there is not way I'll be able to read it word for words from cover to cover. Lots of useful information on food storage, building techniques, cultivating seeds, rotating crops and homeschooling. This is a book I would like to own for personal reference! ...more
Sheri Bauer
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-to-buy
Not the complete encyclopedia I'm looking for, but one I need to add to my bookshelf ...more
Apr 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Really is the ultimate guide... has everything a beginner would ever need to know. Lots of photos and drawings.
Sara Davis
Dec 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the coolest books in the world! Not that I've actually read it from cover to cover, but I am constantly picking it up, reading and re-reading chapters. ...more
Jody Buchman
Aug 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Bible of self-reliance. The most important collection of information ever assembled.
Apr 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
Pretty darn thorough, succinct, and FANTASTIC full-color pics and diagrams!
Amy Dougherty
Mar 28, 2011 rated it liked it
good reference guide!
Jun 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Some great information here.... and gorgeous pictures!
Michael Overstreet
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
A very detailed guide which I will definitely keep on my bookshelf.
Our Five Acres
Apr 20, 2012 rated it liked it
This book seems like a great general introduction to A LOT of different topics on homesteading. Introduction is definitely the key word. While the author covers a wide range of topic (everything from shelter to bee-keeping), the information is so introductory that it borders on not being extraordinarily useful due to its lack of detail.

My favorite feature of the book is the "Companion Planting" chart (pp. 477-482), which lists different types of plants with the plants they do well with and poorl
Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Great for my research of times gone by.
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