Lately I have narrowed my focus of the outside of the house on edible perennials and aesthetically pleasing design to incorporate into my urban homestead. The main reason is permanency. Here are five more books I am reading related to gardening, homesteading and a little bit of natural medicine.
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If you haven’t read Gaia’s Garden, I urge you to check that out. Permaculture Design by Aranya is an important lesson on putting the concept of permaculture into action. Permaculture allows you to design a space that is not in traditional crop rows so that the plants, animals, water and soil work together to provide beauty, food and resources to each other as well as to you, the homesteader. Definitely a good read.
The Beautiful Edible Garden
This has been a wonderful read. I especially enjoy the break up of front and back gardens with plenty of edibles mixed in with non edible plant varieties. However, as an urban homesteader, one of the most difficult aspects is the many avenues of pollution. They address these, particularly for the front yard, in designing and putting in edibles.
The Backyard Homestead
I have been eyeing this book for some time and finally got it. It is packed full of information on running your own homestead in just your backyard. Complete with stuff on animals, bees, gardening and other self sufficiency goals for you.
Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for the South
As I begin to rearrange my front and backyard to include more permanent perrenials into our urban homestead, I looked into appropriate border plants to provide a barrier but also beauty to the area. Since I live in the south, I try to consider other landscaping plants to help improve the overall look of the house.
Magic and Medicine Plants
This was a fun find. We have book bizarre held by a local private college and a friend picked this up for me. I have been enjoying learning about the different plants that have medical properties. I must admit this is not my forte but hope to become more well versed in the future.
There are lots of other homesteading books you can check out that can help you in your homesteading journey. If you are interested in audiobooks related to homesteading and farming, these are definitely some good ones you should check out.
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