Four Books for the Homesteader

The very first “house warming gift” we got was a book…although I was hoping for a goat or a zebu, the book proved equally as useful.

It was The Encyclopedia of Country Living

Complete with 11 chapters and 922 pages, this book had EVERYTHING I needed to know in it. Some of my favorite sections were Ch. 4 Garden Vegetables, Ch. 7 Food Preservation, and Ch. 9 Poultry.

These chapters in specific taught me that

1. There are more vegetables than I’ll ever know about.
2. Botany is REAL.
3. I might never decide on my favorite breed of chicken because there are just. so. many.
This book is great if you’re a new-to-it-all homesteader because it is TRULY an encyclopedia of never-ending knowledge. There are recipes, resources, and some of my best ideas have sprouted from this book. It is my # 1 pick and I am honestly not being paid to say that.

MY NEXT RECOMMENDED BOOK and current read is

Mini Farming – Self Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre


The next book we will call brown gold instead of…gold gold?

The Rabbit Raising Problem Solver

Now, when we first got rabbits it was just not my idea at all. My husband had done some reading and came to the conclusion that they are a popular choice among us mini-farming homesteaders. He was right. And the rabbits eventually became mine and all mine.
I didn’t want rabbits because I grew up with them as pets as a young girl. I held them, played with them, cuddled with them, fed them out of my hands. There was no way in homestead hell that I was raising these cute, furry bunnies for my dinner table.
Well, not to be crude, heartless, and at the risk of sounding like a psychopath, it wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. I do get a tad bit attached to them, unlike our chickens and ducks, but at the end of the day, I know we are homesteading in order to become self-sufficient and know where our food is coming from. It’s the circle of life and, after all, I am blossoming into a pretty good new-to-it-all homesteader.
So armed with 9 chapters and 299 pages, you’ll be hopping right down the road to rabbitry.

My last book (and thanks for sticking around if you’re still here) is:

The Fruit Gardener’s Bible

I am the most oblivious when it comes to fruit. Oddly enough, I didn’t love fruit growing up. My favorites were apples, bananas, and grapes and two of those three things aren’t often seen growing here in Zone 9. My husband, on the other hand, LOVES berries. If he could live off of berries, popcorn, and meat he would. (Just kidding, he can and he surely does). So when we moved in, after we had our mini heart-attacks and thoughts of deep despair and “Oh, we really messed up this time”s, we got to work. Luckily, we already had 3 well-established muscadine vines and mulberry trees, 1 key lime tree, 1 Meyers lemon tree, 2 loquat trees, 1 peach tree, and 1 pear tree.

We decided to

 and continued to plant!

Now, in addition to all of the above, we have 8 blueberry bushes, 1 orange tree, 1 pomegranate tree, and a 2nd peach tree! The Fruit Gardener’s Bible has guided us through all of the prunings and even the resurrection of a few of the trees (they were not well cared for previously). Next up? Blackberries and strawberries!
I hope your composting stays hot and your botany stays not.
Happy Homesteading, Y’all!

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