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The Essential Guide to Self-Sufficient Living

Vegetable Gardening, Canning and Fermenting, Keeping Chickens, and More

Grow your own vegetables and herbs, indoors in containers or outside in a garden. Raise chickens or goats. Build a beehive. Make your own nontoxic cleaning sprays. And more!

Gehring’s books on country living have sold more than 500,000 copies. In this book, she offers a guide to country living skills that is as charming as it is practical. Full of sweet illustrations and gorgeous photographs, step-by-step instructions for essential skills such as building a chicken coop are interspersed with country lore and old-fashioned tips and tricks.

Readers will learn how to:

  • Container garden
  • Raise chickens
  • Make candles
  • Churn butter
  • Grow vegetables
  • Make jams and jellies
  • Dry herbs
  • Ferment vegetables
  • Make cheese
  • And more!

The Essential Guide to Self-Sufficient Living combines the know-how of Back to Basics with the charm of The Farmer’s Almanac. This is the perfect gift for anyone interested in a more self-sufficient, greener, country lifestyle.

Abigail R. Gehring is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including Back to BasicsHomesteadingThe Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Living, and Classic Candy. She enjoys writing, gardening, experimenting in the kitchen, and spending time with family. She lives with her husband and two children in an 1800s farmstead they are restoring in Marlboro, Vermont.

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