A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley

A Physicist and Artist try to make it in Silicon Valley
In which a couple tries to thrive creatively and intellectually on and offline

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Book of the Week #19

This week's book is Homesteading by Abigail Gehring

I picked this book up from the library on a whim and am now planning on buying it. While the format and shape of the book is a little awkward (it's shaped more like a coffee table book than a reference book), it covers a wide range of topics in excellent detail, without getting too hippy-dippy (although there are whole chapters on planned communities and herbal medicine).

Here are a few topics it covers:
  • Gardening- both raised beds and regular, with in depth details about plant pairing and climate
  • Canning- covers both pressure and boiling methods
  • Brewing and wine making
  • Chickens and ducks
  • Barn, smoke house, and tree house building
  • Alternative energy sources- including geothermal
  • Wild edibles
  • Candle making
  • Lots of other fun tidbits
All these topics are covered in an approachable way so that any one with a quarter of an acre or more can achieve.

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