The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Homestead Gardening
Your Next Step to Self-Sufficiency
by Mila R.S.
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Pub Date 11 Jul 2022 | Archive Date 29 Aug 2022
"Are you sick of the bad quality, high levels of pesticides, and exorbitant prices of the fruits and vegetables sold in your local market? What if there was a way to grow nutritious fruits and vegetables right from your own garden? What if we told you that it was much simpler than you had anticipated? It's time to get started cultivating your very own ecologically sound food garden!
The never-ending stream of information that is available online may make the prospect of growing your own food seem overwhelming. So, the author has compiled a simplified, step-by-step guide to establishing a sustainable garden.
Even if you've never planted a garden before or have no idea what a seed or sapling is, you can still set up your garden like an expert. If you have the goal of living a life of total independence and self-sufficiency but don’t know how to get started, this all-encompassing guide on homesteading will offer you all of the knowledge you need to cultivate and store a sustainable crop of vegetables.
Let’s dig into the details of planning and planting your space. Take the first step toward self-sufficiency.
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I received this as an ARC, but the opinions are honest and my own. This was a great introduction to homesteading and vegetable gardening in particular. It lays the foundation of all the information you need to get started and tells you where and when you will need to research for your specific region and needs. It is not a deep dive, but will get someone new to the concept of gardening started.
This is an in-depth beginners guide to gardening. It’s great about mentioning the smaller details that are often missed by similar books. I love that there was comprehensive information about companion planting and soil health!
I loved this book! It was the perfect guide for beginners like me who are wanting to start a city garden! Highly recommend!
The simplicity of this book is its finest point! It starts at the very beginning by examining your property, and then progresses to tools you need, ways to plant, companion gardening, and common mistakes. The book is very easy to read and follow. It will lead you step-by-step from inspiration to results. It is one of the most inclusive guides and is a must read before you start your gardening endeavors!
Good introductory book to homestead gardening. The information is laid out well and the charts are very helpful.
I really enjoyed this book and look forward to trying my hand at gardening again. I’ve never had luck here in my backyard, but this book addresses some of the problems I had and even gives me alternative ways to get my greens growing again. A great resource for the newer gardener.
This book is a great beginner's gardening book. I enjoyed reading it and was pleased to find a few gardening nuggets of wisdom that I'd never run across in my years as a gardener. I recommend this to anyone interested in starting a garden. My only critique is that the homesteading angle is a bit overdone.
The author begins by stating that you can grow a garden anywhere, whether it's a suburban garden or a city rooftop. You need to do some research on what types of plants are grown in your area, what kind of soil you have and if your plot has a lot of shade or sun. You also need to see what plants complement each other and which plants may crowd each other or take each others nutrients or spread disease.
Vermiculite ( a mineral that retains moisture), peat moss and compost are the three most basic components that your soil needs.
Zucchini and summer squash grow prolifically and are easy to plant, as are leafy greens and lettuce. You will need to research what plants grow in your area and how you can irrigate and water them effectively, a timer is suggested if you are only home in the evening or you have a busy schedule.
By using mulch, you will retain water by keeping it from evaporating, and you can use hay, grass clippings and leaves to make free mulch.
You will also need to set up a schedule to weed your garden to keep the plants healthy and give them space to grow.
You should keep a record of which plants thrive in your garden, which plants do poorly and what you have done to encourage their growth to know what you can plant every year.
You are taught how to prepare your ground for planting by clearing away rocks, unwanted trees, bushes and grass so that your area is ready for planting.
So learn how to set up a garden by deciding how big it should be, what kinds of plants grow in your area and how to plan your crops every year by reading this book.
Homestead Gardening by Mila R S is a helpful addition to any library. With so much gardening advice available, this is a most useful simplified, step-by-step guide to establishing a sustainable homestead garden. It begins with an explanation of homestead gardening and its usage in whatever accommodation you inhabit. With twenty chapters, this book covers various topics such as vegetable gardening, soil preparation, seeds, watering, fertilisers, weeding, harvesting, storing and most, crucially rotating crops for a self-sufficient year-round garden. It provides various advice from using different containers, planting layouts, tools, companion planting and even the easiest vegetables to grow. A clearly presented gardening source, with its colourful diagrams and tables of simple presentation, makes it a must have, four and a half star rating. With thanks to BooksGoSocial and the author, for an uncorrected advanced reader copy for review purposes. As always, the opinions herein are totally my own and freely given.
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