It’s so great how many people are starting to see how beneficial homesteading can be and though we haven’t officially started yet I’ve been constantly researching the topic. A couple friends have asked me for a list of books I recommend to get started and I love to share! Every Friday I’ll be posting some good books, blogs, magazines, or any other research materials I come across. Hope you enjoy!
– All New Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew : Since we live in an urban setting and don’t have a lot of land to work with we plan to maximize our space and growing capabilities by building raised beds and following this square foot method. This method claims to be ‘fool proof’ and I sure hope that’s true.
– Mini Farming: Self Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett Markham : We may not have a true 1/4 acre but I’m hoping this book will help us get the most out of what we do have. This resource seems to be great for the new urban farmer and covers a wide range of topics from gardening, composting, canning, chickens, and more.
– Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver : This book is more written like a memoir but has a wealth of information that will make you want to put down that overly processed junk and shop local; or even grow your own! About a family who moves from the city to a plot of land in the country with plans to only eat food they can buy locally or that they grow themselves.
I hope these books will help you get excited and help you plan your garden or homestead!