A Few Articles and Books Worth Reading


Sometimes I like to share a few good links to articles or products I think are worth checking out. Here are a few for today, enjoy.

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A Garden Planner For Home Food PreservationHome Preservation

Granny Miller provides a handy practical chart showing how much food a family of four needs to grow in their garden for home canning and freezing. It seems obvious that there should be a chart like this available out there but this is the first one I’ve came across.

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How we used to die; how we die now

If you think this doesn’t have anything to do with homesteading I think you may be wrong. Taking care of our elderly grandparents and parents and even spouses used to be a big part of the family homestead, not so much these days. I think this is a great article that may change your mind or perhaps reinforce what you already know to be true about a better way for our loved ones to leave this world for the next.

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How To Start A Garden On A Budget 

This could be a helpful article from TenthAcreFarm.com for anyone starting to garden for the first time or someone trying to expand their garden. Gardening can seem overwhelming when you consider all of the materials you need to get started. Seeds, fencing, soil, tools, and more can add up–even on a generous budget. So what’s a beginning gardener to do? Here are six ideas for getting started without breaking the bank.

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Gardening Like a Ninja: A Guide to Sneaking Delicious Edibles into Your Landscape

Do you live in a place where neighbors might have a problem with garden growing super powers? If you do this might be a book you want to check out. Turn your yard into the envy of the neighborhood while adding to your dinner table! Learn how to garden like a ninja as you sneak in plants that you can use for everyday cooking, creating a sustainable and beautiful landscape that’s easy to maintain. Save time and money using the visually appealing and edible designs and harvest the fruits from your delicious paradise!


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The Encyclopedia of Country Living, 40th Anniversary Edition: The Original Manual of Living Off the Land & Doing It Yourself

If you were to ask me to tell you only one book to buy for your homestead this would be the one. In my opinion this is the most helpful book you can get your hands on if you’re trying to pursue a self sufficient lifestyle. This book  includes how to cultivate a garden, buy land, bake bread, raise farm animals, make sausage, can peaches, milk a goat, grow herbs, churn butter, build a chicken coop, catch a pig, cook on a wood stove, and much, much more. This comprehensive resource is the most authoritative guide available to a sustainable lifestyle and living off of the land.

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 “The greatest fine art of the future will be the making of a comfortable living from a small piece of land.” ― Abraham Lincoln

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Harold

Homesteader, Blogger and Podcaster at Small Town Homestead
I am a husband to Mary and father to three daughters. My family and I are striving to become more self sufficient everyday as we grow our own food and pursue a more natural and organic lifestyle.

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