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Book Review (The Backyard Homestead edited by Carleen Madigan)

"The garden is the poor man's apothecary." ~German Proverb

The Backyard Homestead was released by what is quickly becoming my favorite gardening publishing company, Storey Publishing, which is located at This book was a gift from my Father and Mother-in-law on Christmas and I have not been able to put it down since. I can honestly say this is by far the best book I have ever read in regards to all things gardening and the self-sufficient lifestyle, and believe me when I say that I have read a few.

Just under 370 pages this book moves quickly from subject to subject with enough basic knowledge to get the novice started on a number of projects while wetting their appetite to learn more. With that said though this book is not only for the beginner it contains information that is valuable to all grades and levels, from the hobbyist to the professional.

It would be a task to find a subject that this book does not cover in one fashion or another. It deals wi…

Book Review (Seed Saving and Sowing by Carole B. Turner)

"Before the seed there comes the thought of bloom." ~E. B. White~

Storey Publishing is quickly becoming one of my favorite gardening resources. This time around I want to recommend their book Seed Sowing and Saving ~Step by step techniques for collecting and growing more than 100 vegetables, flowers and herbs~ by Carole B. Turner.

This happens to be another book that I recently picked up from our local library. This 217 page book is full of information for the backyard gardener interested in the world of heirloom seed saving. The book is basically broken up into a few main sections; annual vegetables, biannual and perennial vegetables, annual flowers and biannual and perennial flowers. It dedicates a page or two to each vegetable, flower or herb giving a description of how to successfully sow the seed and nurture the best plant for your own seed stock and then how to harvest and preserve your seeds. You will quickly learn what plants are easy enough for a beginner to tackle a…