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Little house in the suburbs : backyard farming and home skills for self-sufficie
Caswell, Deanna
Adult Nonfiction

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ContentsPage
Introductionp. 6
1 - Why Simple Living in the Suburbs?p. 8
This little chapter is about the why and why not of simple living. There's a whole host of reasons to give it a shot. Simple living is good for your family's health, for the body, the soul, and the planet. The best news is it's low commitment (unlike that gym membership or your cell phone plan).
2 - I Grew It Myself! Or, But You Don't Understand, I Kill Everythingp. 24
Learn how to make a simple raised bed in an afternoon and get years of great produce with very little effort. Find foolproof plants and help them thrive with fertilizing ingredients you can find around the house. Plus learn the basics of composting and pest control and overcome the special concerns suburban gardeners face.
3 - Did Your Backyard Just Bawk?p. 56
Chickens are easy to care for and terribly useful. They eat all your scraps, bugs, and weeds and turn them into eggs! This quick chick primer shows you how to get them, how to keep them, and how to feed them. Plus learn how to research community code concerning backyard birds.
4 - Mini-Goats: Interesting, Urn, ... Dog You Got Therep. 84
Mini-goats are awesome pets. No claws, no top teeth, and they mow for you! This chapter covers how to select, care for, and feed a good goat. Plus house them and make goat's-milk products.
5 - Secret Beekeepersp. 104
We'll show you a super low maintenance way to keep bees without alarming the neighbors or endangering your children. Learn how to safely harvest honey, without upsetting or inconveniencing your bees, and find great ideas for using all that glorious beeswax you'll collect!
6 - My Pantry Was Never So Yummyp. 124
After we've all shaken our heads at the mountains of fake food in our lives, we'll give you about twenty-five recipes we've used for homemade spices and flavoring, and then take you through some basic freezing, canning, and drying techniques.
7 - I Never Smelled So Goodp. 148
Forget the facial scrubs, moisturizers, and hair treatments. This chapter covers the items you use every day-shower gel, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, and lotion. You'll also learn how to fearlessly face soapmaking. Lye isn't that big a deal.
8 - My House Was Never So Cleanp. 166
There is no need for special factory-baked cleaners unless you're afraid of elbow grease. Basic home cleaning formulas cost pennies to make. You'll also find some ways to simplify your housework (like caring less...HA! Just kidding.)
9 - I Made It Myself!: Gorgeous Gifts Aplentyp. 180
A well-done handmade gift is giving your thought, time, and effort to make something really special that no one else would make. This chapter gives ten different gift-basket ideas with the accompanying projects to get you going.
10 - Small Town in the Cityp. 194
This chapter is about rebuilding that interdependence through swaps and co-ops. We'll tell you how to build them, maintain them, and keep them running smoothly. Get the help you need without feeling like you're imposing on anyone. And build relationships that will last forever.
11 - It's Hard to Complain With a Mouthful of Cookiesp. 206
Not everyone goes for our lifestyle. This chapter will help you make choices that don't disturb the family way of life. Also in this chapter, we'll help you deal with those not-so-friendly neighbors.
Appendix
Spring Planting Chartp. 222
Fall Planting Chartp. 224
Companion Plantingp. 226
Companion Planting Chartp. 228
Fall Garden Plan for Raised Bedsp. 230
Root Vegetable Garden Plan for Raised Bedp. 232
Resources for Goat Ownersp. 234
Good Neighbors Handout for Suburban Goat Ownersp. 235
Resources for Backyard Chicken Ownersp. 236
Good Neighbors Handout For Backyard Chicken Ownersp. 237
Soapmaking and Skincare Resourcesp. 238
Resources for Beekeepersp. 239
Good Neighbors Handout For Backyard Beekeepersp. 240
Purpose and Administration Duties for Baby-sitting Co-Opsp. 242
Baby-sitting Co-Ops Bylaws Agreementp. 244
Gardening Logp. 246
Indexp. 250


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