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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Homesteading Handbook Review

How many of you have ever dreamed of living off of your own land? How many of you think that is just crazy? What about living somewhere between those two worlds? That is where I am at. The more I learn about back-to-basics living, the more I love it!

The Homesteading Handbook: A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More (Back to Basics Guides)
The Homesteading Handbook is a guide to growing your own food, canning, keeping chickens, generating your own energy, crafting, herbal medicine, and more. Now, that doesn't sound so bad, does it?

With the rapid depletion of our planet’s natural resources, we would all like to live a more self–sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it’s just as important to save money as it is to go green. As the author, Abigail Gehring shows in this thorough but concise guide, being kind to the Earth can also mean being kind to your bank account! It doesn’t matter where your homestead is located—farm, suburb, or even city. Wherever you live, The Homesteading Handbook can help you:
Here are just some of the things you will about in this book:

· Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.

· Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.

· Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.

· Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.

· Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.

· Conserve water by making a rain barrel or installing an irrigation system.

· Have fun and save cash by handcrafting items such as soap, potpourri, and paper.

I loved this book!! I wish I could send each of you, my readers, a copy. I just know you would love it too!
We have been thinking about getting a chicken or two for awhile, and this just made us want to go through with it even more. The book even shows you how to make a really easy chicken coop that doesn't require a master carpenter. There are so many interesting things in this book! Did you know you can eat whole dandelions? I didn't. But after I read that, my hubby, son and I all ate some dandelions that were growing right in our yard, and they weren't half bad. Try it!

I hope you each get the opportunity to read this book. Then, take a moment and think of how you can live a little bit more self-sufficiently. You can take small steps or giant leaps. Just go for it! I guarantee you will feel a lot of satisfaction along the way and save some serious cash.

Find The Homesteading Handbook on Amazon for as low as $10.00. A great investment, for sure!

*Skyhorse Publishing provided me product to review, and I was under no obligation to review if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review in return for the free product.*


  1. Thanks so much for sharing this! I love to read about new ways to get back to basics. We already make our own cleaning solutions, I'm a big crafter - if I can make it myself or assemble it out of things we already have or thrifted items, I'll take the time, rather than buying new. A book my husband and I really love is The Toolbox To Sustainable City Living. It gives great ideas on how to live a truly sustainable life in a city/suburban environment.

  2. The book you suggested sounds great too! Thanks for your thoughts, Chelsea!

  3. Thanks for the suggestion! We recently moved out of the city, and I'd like to live closer to the earth and raise my child the same way.


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