Basic Country Skills

Basic Country Skills

Book rating: 05 Paperback

Edited by Deborah Burns

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  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 277mm x 38mm | 1,588g
  • Publication date: 25 May 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Vermont
  • ISBN 10: 1580172024
  • ISBN 13: 9781580172028
  • Illustrations note: illustrations
  • Sales rank: 277,931

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This is the book for anyone who wants to become more self-reliant, from suburbanites with 1/4 of an acre to country homesteaders with several. The information is easily understood and readily applicable. More than 150 of Storey's expert authors in gardening, building, animal raising, and homesteading share their specialized knowledge and experience in this ultimate guide to living a more independent, satisfying life. Readers will find step-by-step, illustrated instructions for every aspect of country living including: Finding country land Buying, building, and renovating a home Developing water sources and systems Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating Using alternative heating and energy sources Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets

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By Erin Kuhn 29 Nov 2011 5

This book is a one-stop guide for everything you need to know about living in the country! Full of tips, ideas, warnings and guides to help you plan and thrive in a rural setting. I highly recommend this book.

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This big, comprehensive book that covers everything from land to animals; from vegetables to country cooking. The book encompasses more than 40 years of writing and includes the expertise of many experienced authors. It s like having a whole community of seasoned gardeners, farmers and homesetaders living next door to you. Star Beacon "

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REDISCOVER THE BASIC SKILLS OF COUNTRY LIFE! Whether it's making ice cream or sharpening an ax, cleaning a chimney or growing raspberries, you'll learn how to do it in this treasury of time-honored country wisdom. Illustrated step-by-step instructions will show you how to milk a cow, tap a maple tree, clean a fish, lead a horse, and build the best chicken coop. You'll find out how to heat your house with wood or by the sun and how to de-skunk a country dog. You'll learn the proper way to put in a water system, rewire an old house, stack a cord of wood, and grow fruits, vegetables, and herbs. Yearning for a more self-reliant life? You'll find the answers in Storey's Basic Country Skills.