Self-Sufficiency in the Suburbs!
Gardens, goats and chickens in the suburbs? Absolutely!
The easy-to-follow advice in this book will show you everything you need to know to enjoy an abundant, independent life on food and products grown in your own back yard. You may feel like you have superpowers the first time you prepare a meal using only ingredients you grew in your garden. And is there anything you can’t do after you lather up with a bar of soap that you made in your own home? This book is full of recipes and tips that will help you discover the joy of self-sufficiency. Do’’t worry; suburban gardening doesn’t mean you have to rip up your yard, or risk being ostracized by neighbors or your municipality or homeowners association.
Inside you’ll find:
- Gardening instructions for any-size yard and any skill level
- A complete overview of keeping chickens, mini-goats and bees in the suburbs
- More than 40 food recipes featuring ingredients from your garden or animals
- Canning techniques
- Recipes for natural deodorant, toothpaste, lip balm and other beauty products
- Step-by-step soapmaking instructions and soap recipes
- Natural cleaning recipes for kitchens, bathrooms, surfaces and laundry
- Gift basket ideas
- Community-building ideas including babysitting co-ops, meal swaps, and barter systems
- Advice on how to keep the peace with family, neighbors, and officials if your self-sufficient plans meet resistance
About the Author
Deanna Caswell and Daisy Siskins write the popular blog www.littlehouseinthesuburbs.com, which has been featured on msn.com, apartmenttherapy.com, stumbleupon.com and thriftyfun.com. The blog has 150,000 page views each month.
I absolutely adore this book. It’s cute, interesting, and chock-full of useful information. I’m especially fond of the two authors’ writing styles, which makes reading the book feel like a one-sided discussion over a cup of coffee. My favorite part of this book, really, is the attitude that doing all of these wondrous, home-made, home-grown things is possible for even the common layman (or laywoman), and that while we should all do our research, we shouldn’t be intimidated by the ideas. The two topics that really cemented this for me was the natural bee-keeping and the soap making. Both topics really overwhelmed me and I’d put them on the very end of my ‘must try’ list. Well, I don’t mind saying that after Reading Little House in the Suberbs, they have both moved to the top of the list. I can’t wait to try them out now. So thanks, Daisy and Deanna.
I spotted this guy in a hobby lobby for way too much money and took note to look it up online. Fast forward quite a few months… I ran across the book online and thought to look and see if amazon had it. The book is awesome- provides all sorts of tips and tricks on a homesteading type lifestyle. I cant wait to get started on my own.
I am having too much fun reading this book. Simple ideas to bring the country into your neighborhood. Written by two friends, I like the way the book flows and the easy read style of it. I am enjoying this book and very happy about the idea they presented that back in “the day” the shoe maker and store keeper didn’t say, “I want a simple life! I’m moving out to the country!” They planted a garden, made homemade products as they could, bought the ones they wanted to, maybe had chickens or a goat, and lived how they wanted to. I love it! No stress, just ideas and a broader way of thinking. I am enjoying it! If this review was helpful to you, please let me know 🙂
- Title: Little House in the Suburbs: Backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficient living
- Autor: Deanna Caswell
- Publisher (Publication Date): Betterway Home; Original edition (February 13, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: | 1440310246
- ISBN-13: | 978-1440310249
- File Format: EPUB, PDF