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Farm, Garden and The Land => Live Stock, Critters and Aquaculture => Topic started by: desert marine on April 01, 2009, 05:32:27 AM

Title: Any Recommendations on these books?
Post by: desert marine on April 01, 2009, 05:32:27 AM
Hello,

Looking for any comments or recommendations on the following books:

1.  Backyard Livestock by Steven Thomas
2.  Carla Emery's Encyclopedia of Country Living

Please feel free to recommend your favorite book on maintaing livestock and gardening.

Warmest regards,
Desert Marine
Title: Re: Any Recommendations on these books?
Post by: spartan on April 19, 2009, 07:26:47 PM
I don't know the first one, but the Encyclopedia of Country Living is a classic.  Excellent from beginning to end, it can help you accomplish many of the self-sufficient or homesteading tasks.  It will not provide you with in-depth information on any given topic, but serves as an excellent springboard to further research into topics of interest. 

It is folksy, easy to read, and a keeper in any collection.  I consult it from time to time when I have a question that I am working on a solution to.

The one gardening book that I recommend above all others is: Gardening When It Counts by Steve Solomon.  An afternoon read, I like it because his methods are designed around a few select hand tools, plant spacing that minimizes irrigation, a nice variety of foods for complete nutrition, and minimum work.  As practiced, you spend an hour or two a day in the garden.
Title: Re: Any Recommendations on these books?
Post by: mash on June 22, 2009, 03:45:06 AM
All Flesh is Grass by Gene Logsdon is a good one, if you have a couple acres and are thinking about doing grass fed livestock.

http://www.amazon.com/All-Flesh-Grass-Pleasures-Promises/dp/0804010692/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_a (http://www.amazon.com/All-Flesh-Grass-Pleasures-Promises/dp/0804010692/ref=pd_bxgy_b_img_a)

And I have said it before on another book related thread, that Solomon book is great.

Also take a look at Seed to Seed by Suzanne Ashworth

http://www.amazon.com/Seed-Growing-Techniques-Vegetable-Gardeners/dp/1882424581/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245663716&sr=1-1 (http://www.amazon.com/Seed-Growing-Techniques-Vegetable-Gardeners/dp/1882424581/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245663716&sr=1-1)

and Root Cellaring by Mike & Nancy Bubel

http://www.amazon.com/Root-Cellaring-Natural-Storage-Vegetables/dp/0882667033/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245663716&sr=1-3 (http://www.amazon.com/Root-Cellaring-Natural-Storage-Vegetables/dp/0882667033/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1245663716&sr=1-3)