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Five Acres and Independence

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Publisher Comments:

This classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information. Written by a renowned horticulturist, it has taught generations how to make their land self-sufficient, with explanations of organic farming techniques and reliable advice on other topics, including irrigation, livestock, crops, greenhouses, fertilizers, much more. 95 figures.

Synopsis:

Classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information and will teach new converts how to make their land self-sufficient. Covers economics, plants, crops, animals, orchards, soils, selection, host of other necessary things.

Synopsis:

Great back-to-the-land classic explains basics of self-sufficient farming. The one book to get. 95 illustrations.

Table of Contents

1. INTRODUCTION

    "A word about the author, his practical experience, and qualifications suggest reliability of the text."

2. CITY vs. COUNTRY LIFE

    Advantages and disadvantages

    City vicissitudes

    "Dependence upon "income" to supply "outgo"

    "Country stability, productivity"

    "Dependence upon "outgo" to supply "income"

    Self-supporting

    "Occupancy of home in country vs. tenancy of "flat" in city "

    "Health, welath, happiness in country home"

3. TRIED AND TRUE WAYS TO FAIL

    "Too little, capital, unfavorable location, uncongenial soil, too large area, inefficient soil preparation and tillage, lack of feding, big-headedness, inexperience, city hours, laziness, too many pets and guests"

4. WHO IS LIKELY TO SUCCEED?

    Thinker and worker

    Owner on the Spot

    Absentee direction

    Book farming

    Observation as a teacher

    Hired help

5. FIGURES DON'T LIE

    Striking figures from U.S. Census and Department of Agriculture reports

    Supply and demand

    Relation to and contrast with individual owner's problems on productive land

6. THE FARM TO CHOOSE

    Soil survey maps

    Character of soil

    Nature of plant growth already on the land

    "Depth, drainage, slope, freedom from stones, previous crops and yields, neighborhood crops and yields"

7. WHERE TO LOCATE

    Good roads

    Their up-keep

    Snow removal

    Site with respect to roadside sales

    Distance from market

    "Schools, churches, electric current, buses, stores, doctors, etc."

8. LAY AND LAY-OUT OF LAND

    Elevation

    Aspect

    Frostiness

    "Impediments such as fences, boulders, stone walls"

    Fields-sizes and shapes

    "Roadways, lanes and paths"

    Arrangement of buildings

9. "WIND-BREAKS, PRO AND CON"

    Importance

    Types

    Influence on crops

    Animals and residence

    Workability in their shelter

    Good and bad kinds

    Saving of fuel

    Production of fuel

10. ESSENTIAL FACTORS OF PRODUCTION

    Good seed

    Good breed of animal

    Variety

    "Strain"

    Abundant water and available plant food in the soil

    Rational tillage

    Ample space between plants and for animals

11. RENTING vs. BUYING

    Advantages and disadvantages of each

    Various ways to manage depend upon each

    Renting with option of buying

    Buying a small place but working large rented area

12. CAPITAL

    Investment and working money

    Cost of land

    Rent of property

    Insurance

    Equipment

    Nursery stock and other plants

    Animals

    Labor

    Time needed to get returns

13. FARM FINANCE

    Importance of credit

    Origin of capital

    How secured

    Borrowing for production

    Usury

    Fundamental rules for borrowing

    Character of borrower and business ability

    Annual inventory and budget

    Bank cashier as advisor and confidant

    Safety deposit boxes

14. FARM ACCOUNTS

    Planning for production

    "Knowledge of market, and the truth about one's business"

    Record of crops and animals individually and of the farm as a whole

    Account books

15. WATER SUPPLY

    Rain water and cisterns

    Filter cisterns

    Cistern capacities

    Cistern cleaning and purification

    Springs gravity piping

    Pneumatic pressure systems

    Hydraulic rams

16 SEWAGE DISPOSAL

    Primitive methods

    Cess pools

    Septic tanks

    Tank construction

    Personal experience

17. FUNCTIONS OF WATER

    Necessity in plant and animal growth

    Quantity needed by plants

    Types of water in soil

    Conservation by tillage and mulching

18. DRAINAGE

    Importance

    Methods

    Instances to prove their value

19. IRRIGATION

    Methods

    Types of apparatus

    Assurance of adequate water

    Success in spite of drought

    Use to supply fertilizer and certain kinds of spraying

20. FROST DAMAGE PREVENTION

    What frost is

    How it affects plants

    Plant resistance to damage

    Hardy and tender plants

    Preventing fall of temperature to or below danger point

    Forecasting local frosts

    Methods available

21. LIVE STOCK

    "Advantages and disadvantages of keeping cow, pig, poultry, rabbits, bees"

    Desirable and undesirable kinds to have

22. POULTRY

    Chicken for eggs and meat

    "Duck, geese, turkeys, pigeons"

    Scrubs vs. breeds and strains

    "Housing, feeding, yarding, range, management "

    Hatching vs. buying day-old chicks

    Brooding

    Sanitation

    Etc.

23. BEES

    Honey the principal interest

    Importance in fruit production

    Management easy but imperative

24. GREENHOUSES

    Standardized styles preferable to home built

    Advantages

    Sizes desirable

    Avoidance of mistakes

    Types of houses

    Ventilation

    Heating

    Greenhouse builders' contracts and propostions

25. COLDFRAMES AND HOTBEDS

    Invaluable to start seedlings

    Limitations of each

    Types of each

    How and where to make them

    Hardening-off plants

    Electric heating and regulation most desirable

26. SOILS AND THEIR CARE

    Nature's soils injured by man

    Reclamation

    Types of soils and how to handle them

    Humus

    How to judge soil values

    Soil erosion and its prevention

27. MANURES

    Stable manure best

    Why

    Scarcity and cost

    Fresh vs. rotted

    Dried and pulverized

    Amounts to apply

    Functons in the soil

    Experiences and experiments

28. COMMERCIAL FERTILIZERS

    Supplements to manures

    Organic and inorganic

    Value of each

    Cautions in using

    Compositon

    Most important unmixed ones

    Functions of each

    "Mixed goods"

  

    Importance of competent advice before attempting such work

    Many trees not worth reclamation

    How to determine useful ones

    Tree surgery not desirable from income basis

    Personal appraisal methods

    Renovation methods

37. FRUIT TREE PRUNING

    Principles

    Applications

    Methods good and bad

    Times to prune

    Tree architecture

    Building strong trees

    Vine and Bush training and pruning

    Knowledge of flower bud formation and position essential

38. GRAFTING FRUIT TREES

    Simple methods

    Trees not to graft

    Best ones and best branches to use

    How to get and keep scions

    Time to graft

    Grafting waxes

    Paraffin

    Repair or bridge grafting to save girdled trees.

39. HOW TO AVOID NURSERY STOCK LOSSES

    "Buyers, not nurserymen, most often responsible for death of stock"

    Right and wrong handling

    Loose planting

    Bearing age trees unsatisfactory

    Young stock best to order

    Pruning after planting

    Treatment of Y-crotch trees

    Staking

    Label removal

40. VEGETABLE CROPS TO AVOID AND TO CHOOSE

    "Quick and slow maturing kinds, staple and fancy kinds high and low quality varieties, good vs. poor keepers, kinds saleable in several ways"

41. SEEDS AND SEEDING

    Types of seeds

    Effect of weight on sprouting and the crop

    Seed testing

    Age of seed

    Seedsman's reputation

    "Special stock" seed"

    Seedsmen's trial grounds

    "Seed growing, selection"

    Sowing times

    Temperature

    Depth

    Etc.

42. TRANSPLANTING

    Stages of development

    Pre-watering

    Preparation of soils and flats

    "Lifting, pricking-out, spotting board and dibble"

    "Depth, watering, hardening"

    Planting in the open

    After-care

43. PLANTS FOR SALE

    Often highly profitable near town of amateur gardeners

    General and special stocks and sales methods

    Advertising

44. SOMETHING TO SELL EVERY DAY

    Crops in demand

    "Crops that "work over well"

    "Pickles, jams, jellies, juices, syrups, preserves, "canned goods"

    Eggs

    Chickens

    Ducks

    Honey

    Plants

    Flowers

45. STRAWBERRIES

    Regular season and everbearing kinds

    Culture systems of training

    "After fruiting, what? "

    Companion and succession crops

    Quickest fruit to bear

    Often highly profitable

    Every farm should have them

46. GRAPES

    Planting

    Pruning

    Training

    Precocious and annual fruiting

    Long season of fruiting by successional ripening of varieties and storage

47. BUSH AND CANE FRUITS

    "Raspberry, blackberry, currant, gooseberry, dewberry, blueberry"

    Varieties

    Culture

48. SMALL FARM FRUIT GARDENS

    Does the ordinary farm orchard pay?

    Investigational experiment

    Improved methods of cultivation

    Varieties for home use

    Sequence of rippening

    Lay-out of orchard and small fruits

49. SELECTION OF TREE FRUITS

    Varieties to choose

    Type of trade to work for

    "General market, roadside sales, personal trade"

    Successional ripening to hold trade

    Filler trees and other fruits

    Inter-tilled crops to help pay costs of development

50. STORAGE OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

    "Methods, good and bad for various types of crops"

    "Root cellars, pits, storage houses, lofts"

    Arrangement

    Ventilation

    Cooling

    Heating

    Sanitation

    Fumigation

51. ESSENTIALS OF SPRAYING AND DUSTING

    "Spraying, dusting and other methods effective when properly used"

    Fruit and vegetable insect enemies

  APPENDICES

  INDEX

Product Details

ISBN:
9780486209746
Introduction:
Kain, Maurice G.
Author:
Kains, M. G.
Introduction by:
Oldfield, J. E.
Introduction:
Oldfield, J. E.
Author:
Kains, Maurice G.
Author:
Oldfield, J. E.
Publisher:
Dover Publications
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
Handbooks, manuals, etc.
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Sociology, rural
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Farm management
Subject:
Agriculture -- United States.
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry - General
Subject:
Agriculture - General
Subject:
General Nature
Subject:
Natural Resources
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Rev. and enl. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
611
Publication Date:
19730631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
397
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.38 in 1.05 lb

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"Synopsis" by , Classic of the back-to-the-land movement is packed with solid, timeless information and will teach new converts how to make their land self-sufficient. Covers economics, plants, crops, animals, orchards, soils, selection, host of other necessary things.
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