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My brother bought me the book Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre a while back. He knows my passion for gardening as well as a desire to learn everything “homesteading” that I can. I live in a typical suburban community – so I am maximizing my property within confines of the Rules and Regulations of the community Homeowners Association.
I have been gardening for 10 years and every year has been filled with successes and failures. Also, every year that has gone by my successes have increased while my failures have decreased. I am learning. If I had this book 10 years ago – it would have helped tremendously.
I’ll give you a few examples of some things I have found in this book that it took me time to learn. Some may seem ridiculously obvious to you – but when I started off I knew absolutely nothing.
- The importance of open-pollinated seeds – especially if you are going to save and harvest your own seeds
- Compost and preserving soil fertility
- Growing vegetables with raised beds
- How to use horse manure in a garden
- Crop rotation
Above are just a few examples of things that would have really helped me if I had access to this book when I first started gardening. The information is complete and thorough. This past year I built my first raised bed and it did great. I now plan to do at least two more.
The information on Mini Farming on raised beds is just superb. In addition to gardening there are chapters that I hope to utilize one day – including those on Raising Chickens for Eggs and Raising Chickens for Meat.
This book is well illustrated with crystal clear, glossy, full-color photographs.
Unless you are a Master Gardener this book is bound to have some useful information to helping you become a better gardener.