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Home-produced food almost always begins in the vegetable garden. So, too, begins The Backyard Homestead, Planning charts and a thorough vegetable-by-vegetable growing guide are accompanied by simple techniques for canning, drying, and freezing the garden's bounty.

The plant section continues with the hows, whens, and wheres of growing fruits, herbs, and nuts. Hardworking food growers will be delighted to reward themselves with healthful herbal teas and homemade wines and cordials. Recipes and simple techniques are included for the beginning home winemaker.

For the truly dedicated, a chapter on grains offers an overview of growing wheat and corn, along with drying, storing, and milling solutions. Whole grains (homegrown or purchased) can be used to learn the craft of homebrewing, while milled flours are put to delicious use in pastas and breads.

Part two moves from plant to animal products, beginning with an overview of chicken keeping. Readers will find charts, lists, and helpful tips for collecting, storing, and using eggs, along with advice on butchering chickens and cooking the meat.

Additional chapters focus on raising larger animals, such as cows, sheep, and goats, either for their meat or for their milk. Milk producers will find plenty of information on making simple yogurt, butter, and ice cream, as well as all the basics on getting started with cheese making. Additional information on rabbits and pigs rounds out the meat-raising sections.

An overview of foraging and detailed information on installing and caring for honeybees wrap up The Backyard Homestead, Storey's trusted advice on gardening, cooking, brewing, cheese making, and raising animals proves once and for all that it truly is possible to eat entirely from the backyard.

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In the information-rich tradition of "Storey's Basic Country Skills," here is a reliable compendium of advice on how to feed our families using plants and animals raised at home. Illustrations throughout.

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Put your backyard to work!
Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.

About the Author

Before becoming an editor at Storey Publishing, Carleen Madigan was managing editor of Horticulture magazine and lived on an organic farm outside Boston, Massachusetts, where she learned the homesteading skills contained in The Backyard Homestead. She enjoys gardening, hiking, foraging, baking, spinning wool, and knitting.

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Allan W, June 10, 2009 (view all comments by Allan W)
Fascinating, fascinating, fascinating. Picked this up on a whim and a gift card, and have been enrapt ever since. I'm not ambitious enough to do half this stuff, but it's amazing how much I could do with the limited time and space I do have. Very straightforward, no-nonsense, first-hand methods and advice.
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Denise Barnett, May 18, 2009 (view all comments by Denise Barnett)
This book is incredible! The information provided is definitely 1st hand knowledge from the author. It gives instructions on how to put together your crops with or without animals in different configurations according to the shape and size of your yard. The garden shape or size space recommendations for the type of plants you want to grow, how to prepare soil, suggestions for crop rotation, how to grow fruit, nuts, beans, any vegetable, even fruit trees and grape arbors - are ALL in this book! It gives you great ideas on how to container garden, use raised beds, make compost, make hotbeds and how to can your harvest to last through the winter..it is exciting and motivating to read this and know that it really can be done in your own space, even an apartment can grow veggies with a patio. There are also guides on how to raise and care for a few farm animals. Did you know you could cut an X in the top of a bag of compost and grow a few tomato plants? I can't wait to get started!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781603421386
Author:
Madigan, Carleen
Publisher:
Storey Publishing
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - General
Subject:
Agriculture - Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
General
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY and ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
Gardening : General
Subject:
Sustainable living
Subject:
Food -- Preservation.
Subject:
Kitchen gardens.
Subject:
Technology
Subject:
ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Agriculture / Sustainable Agriculture
Subject:
General-General
Subject:
HOUSE & HOME / Sustainable Living
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
20090231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 7 in

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Product details 368 pages Storey Publishing - English 9781603421386 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , In the information-rich tradition of "Storey's Basic Country Skills," here is a reliable compendium of advice on how to feed our families using plants and animals raised at home. Illustrations throughout.
"Synopsis" by , Put your backyard to work!
Enjoy fresher, organic, better-tasting food all the time. The solution is as close as your own backyard. Grow the vegetables and fruits your family loves; keep bees; raise chickens, goats, or even a cow. The Backyard Homestead shows you how it's done. And when the harvest is in, you'll learn how to cook, preserve, cure, brew, or pickle the fruits of your labor.

From a quarter of an acre, you can harvest 1,400 eggs, 50 pounds of wheat, 60 pounds of fruit, 2,000 pounds of vegetables, 280 pounds of pork, 75 pounds of nuts.

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