The Complete Idiot's Guide to Self-Sufficient Living (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Dec 1, 2009 - House & Home - 400 pages
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How to be green, save green, grow greens, even turn a thumb green.

Self-sufficient living can mean a healthier life, a way to protect the earth, or a way to save money. This guide helps readers find their perfect degree of self reliance in the areas of food, shelter, energy, clothing, and more. For both the urban and rural dweller, it covers gardening, cooking from scratch, preserving food, raising livestock, keeping chickens, generating or supplementing energy, essential tools and equipment, foraging for wild foods, hunting, fishing, and trapping.

?Saving money in today's economy and self-sufficiency go hand-in-hand

?For the growing number of eco-friends considering self-sufficiency

?Existing books focus on either rural or urban self-sufficiency, but this covers both


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User Review  - Meg - Goodreads

Good summary, big picture view of the topic with a nice dash of inspiration thrown in for those seeking a refresher or new to the concept. Also good for anyone wanting to get started and looking for additional resources. Read full review

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User Review  - Jack Oughton - Goodreads

Idea: Turn your lawn into a vegetable garden, else the planet is f*cked... Read full review


Title Page
Doing Without
The Philosophy of SelfSufficient Living
Bloom Where Youre Planted
Your Homestead Business
Heart of the Homestead
Conservation in the Kitchen
The WellStocked Pantry
Adam and Eve Did
Meat Milk and Eggs
Raising Rabbits for Food
Dairy Goats
More Small Livestock
Shelter and Its Appurtenances
SelfSufficient Shelter
Your Water Footprint

Gardening Fundamentals
The Dirt on Garden Soil
Whats Your Garden Type?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
Tools ofthe Trade
The Conservation of Energy
Looking Back Moving Forward
Let Your Imagination Soar
Appendix A Glossary

Common terms and phrases

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