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As sustainability and organic living become increasingly popular, so does a desire to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. This timely book will help you to achieve self-sufficiency and make beekeeping a reality. Beekeeping is about management, control and learning to understand the honeybee. It can also become a very enjoyable and sociable pastime – visiting others' hives and picking up vital hints and tips is all part of the fun – and farming and eating honey that your own bees have produced is a pure delight. Joanna Ryde covers all aspects of beekeeping, from the basic tools and equipment needed for setting up a hive to detailed advice on when to harvest honey and honey-inspired recipes, from delicious cakes to beauty products. This really is the definitive guide for anyone thinking of keeping bees.

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In this comprehensive book, an expert textile arts instructor reveals everything readers need to know to make their own fabrics. This book explains where different fibers come from, how to grow and harvest your own vegetable fibers, and how to prepare them for spinning. The principles of spindle and spinning wheel spinning are covered, along with home dyeing using natural dyestuffs, and hand weaving with or without a loom. Finally, there are a number of simple projects, such as a rug, shoulder bag, bed cover, and jumper and mitts to put your newly learned skills to the test.

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NOW AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK! More and more people are becoming concerned about living a healthier land more environmentally-friendly lifestyle. Whether it’s moving to the country and starting over on a whim or just making city-living a little simpler and easier, the “green” movement is changing the way people live their day-to-day lives. Self-Sufficiency handbooks are meant to help—offering advice on what to do, how to do it better, and how to save money as well. Hen keeping is becoming an increasingly popular component of the self-sufficient lifestyle. This authoritative handbook provides an introduction to the key aspects of raising chickens.

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This book will appeal to anyone with a love of cheese. The text covers every aspect of making cheese at home, from the tools and equipment needed and basic recipes to making more complex cheeses and advice on setting up a small cheese business. You do not need to be scientifically trained to make cheese, nor do you need to be an accomplished cook or possess expensive specialist equipment. Here Rita Ash shows just how simple the process is and how, with a little care and attention, anyone can produce delicious hand made cheeses at home. Each of the recipes are clearly explained and include suggested uses for each of the finished cheeses. As no prior knowledge is assumed, the book is suitable for beginners and more experienced cheese makers alike.

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Foraging for wild food is growing more and more popular as people become increasingly interested in eating not only organic but also local fresh food – for free. You'd be surprised at the bounty of wild food you can find practically on your doorstep: some native plants, some escapes from ancient gardens and all delicious. Most of these foods are within easy reach – however, you've got to know what you're looking for and where to go and when. Arranged in a directory of categories divided into wild plants, herbs, fruits, nuts, mushrooms, seaweeds and shellfish, this book has all of the information you need alongside clear illustrations to help you identify a wholesome and natural food store, all for free. Hints on how to prepare and eat your foraged bounty are also included, along with advice on seasonality.

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Everyone wants an outdoor kitchen, but most people think they can't afford one… this book will fix that. The cost of a complete outdoor kitchen is typically a minimum of $25,000, and many people spend $70,000 or more. This book shows how to build an outdoor counter that houses all of the appliances homeowners want … for a reasonable price. It covers both doing it yourself and hiring a professional to build it for you.

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Deck Designs 4th Edition is the comprehensive guide to planning and choosing the perfect deck. Beautiful decks can give a major face-lift to any tired-looking home and also increase its value. This book addresses one of the most challenging aspects of building a deck—choosing a design that works both functionally and aesthetically. It provides guidance for both DIY projects and for working with contractors. Thirty professionally-built structures are presented, with more than 120 full-color photographs and 230 color illustrations.

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Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use–even if they live in a urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome «homestead» that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and raise farm animals, including chickens and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and preserve the bounty they produce.

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How to Make Outdoor & Garden Furniture offers 22 DIY projects for both novice and experienced woodworkers. Superb step-by-step photographs and excellent working drawings help ensure success. The time to complete each project ranges from a few hours to a couple of weekends, making this book an ideal resource for transforming your outdoor décor. From Adirondack chairs, patio bars, and picnic tables to showcase Victorian trellises and planters, the experts at American Woodworker provide complete plans and instructions for building great-looking pieces that will beautify your outdoor space. Expert advice on finishing and varnishing ensures your durable wooden furniture will stand up to the elements for years to come.

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From growing lawns and planting trees, to putting in stone walkways or water elements, readers will discover the right way to do it in straight-forward steps that anyone can follow to realize their dreams.