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Country Life: A Handbook for Realists and Dreamers Hardcover – 1 April 1998
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- Publisher : Dk Pub (1 April 1998)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0789419912
- ISBN-13 : 978-0789419910
- Dimensions : 22.17 x 1.88 x 28.5 cm
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This is my garden staple. I've planted and worked ...Reviewed in Canada on 17 April 2017
This is my garden staple. I've planted and worked in many gardens and dreamed of many others. This is the book I turn to every year for new inspiration wherever I may be planting my feet in the earth.
LOVE IT!!!!Reviewed in the United States on 16 July 2019
This book was even better than I anticipated. I am trying to figure out what my next chapter looks like and this is a really good primer guide on farming/homestead/small share. I love that it shows different size setups and how to determine what’s best for you. Just like the title says handbook for realists and dreamers. So helpful. Love the pictures and illustrations. Been wanting this book for years and it delivered!!!!
You can farm on 5,000 sq feet of land!Reviewed in the United States on 23 October 2000
Heiney began his farming life in central London, so he knows how to farm 5000 sq feet of land. This is far less than most would recognise as a farm, but he sees farming as a mindset. He tells how to farm on what you have, whether it be 5000 ft, 1/2 acre, 3 acres or 8+ acres. His background is British, so he comes at this with a unique viewpoint (at least as far as this Yank can see). He has a great supply of things we've forgotten on this side of the pond- how to build a living fence that will not rot and needs no painting (i.e. laying a hedge), how to assure yourself of a never ending supply of beanpoles (i.e. coppicing), and many other universals that we have forgotten. Do not think this is only a book for the British. He directs his comments to those around the world who share a desire to farm. For example, he tells how to plan and grow both northern and southern orchards. What crops do well with water and those that need less. Among the things I found fascinating were his analysis of how much land I'd need to grow an annual supply of wheat for my family (far less than you'd guess). Do you know what animals you can keep if you have only a half acre? Great photos, good writing, and a wealth of practical information make this one to buy, keep, and reread.
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Necessity for the curiousReviewed in the United States on 16 January 2021
Loving the tips in this book, some things I would think should be common knowledge, great for someone starting from scratch homesteading this is a great tool.
Great for Dreaming, a little short on practical adviceReviewed in the United States on 12 June 2013
Worth buying for the photos and illustrations alone - a GREAT coffee-table-type book. Covers a wide range of subjects of interest to anyone who dreams of living in the country. But this is NOT a "How to" Book, which makes it almost useless when you're ready to stop dreaming & start living your dream. I LOVE the book - but it's for Dreamers only - Realists will require information that has more depth & practical use.
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