Country Acres: Country Wisdom for the Working Landscape

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1998 - House & Home - 160 pages
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Here is the successor to "Country Wisdom," the first in David Larkin's series of handsomely illustrated and informative books about country ways and country life. "Country Acres" takes the reader from the country house to its outbuildings -- barns, sheds, cribs -- and on to its gardens, fields, trees, and ponds. In his charming fashion, Larkin offers information and guidance for country-lovers of all levels of sophistication, explaining how fields get their size and shape; how best to use the tools of country work, from grub hoe to chainsaw; why you should (or shouldn't) grow potatoes; how to farm your trees and grow fish as a food source; and how best to pick and store your crops. All these and hundreds of other topics are covered in this artfully designed volume, with more than two hundred full-color photographs and drawings. Much more than a how-to book, "Country Acres" is about the art of understanding the country. The third volume of the series will deal with the wildlife of woods and streams and how we harvest from as well as give to uncultivated land.
 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The farming landscape
8
Buildings
16
Barns and Farmyard structures
18
Boundaries
37
Walls
38
Fences
41
Hedges
46
Peas
98
Beans
100
Lettuce
104
Squash and Pumpkins
106
Peppers
110
Sweet potatoes
112
Brussels sprouts
114
Onions and Garlic
117

Driveway and Pond
48
Animals
51
Horses
52
Cattle
56
Goats
60
Sheep
62
Pigs
64
Rabbits and Chickens
66
Ducks Geese and Turkeys
70
Prairie
72
Plowing
74
Tractors and Machinery
77
Growing your own
84
Soil
86
Tomatoes
88
Corn
92
Potatoes
94
Cucumbers
118
Eggplant
120
Keeping the garden harvest
122
Fruit
124
Herbs
128
Trees
132
Tree farming
140
Haymaking
146
The growers weather
148
The wisdom of Thomas Tusser
150
The Points of Husbandry
151
Conclusion
156
A Brief Chronology of American Farming
157
Bibliography
159
Acknowledgments and Credits
160
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About the author (1998)

Larkin is the editor-designer of the best-selling Barn and Shaker and the author of Farm, among many other books published here and abroad. He currently lives in Cherry Plain, New York.

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