- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Dk Pub; Revised, Updated edition (14 March 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1465456996
- ISBN-13: 978-1465456991
- Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 2 x 23.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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About the Author
Dick Strawbridge, a retired lieutenant colonel and former army engineer, has always been fascinated by how things work. His desire to lead a greener life led him to put his practical and leadership skills to use in converting Newhouse Farm in Cornwall, UK, into an ecologically friendly, but completely modern, place to live. The family's journey to a sustainable, self-sufficient lifestyle was documented in the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green.
James Strawbridge, Dick's son, has inherited his father's enthusiasm for DIY and ecological issues. Co-presenting It's Not Easy Being Green allowed him the opportunity to fully pursue both interests. James continues to work with his father on the green living courses, as well as gardening and engineering projects. He is a regular contributor to magazine and newspaper discussions on green issues.
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What to Grow
There's something very special about planting fruit and nut trees that you know will provide produce for generations to come.
Make a Solar Dryer
Solar drying is an ancient cooking method. Sunlight is converted to heat in the solar collector—an insulating box with a glass front—and the hot air rises into the dryer or cooking chamber.
Before you crush your ripe apples, leave them in a heap for 2-3 days to soften, or pick up your windfalls, which will already be very juicy. Generally, most apples will be usable, and even if they don't look perfect they can still be turned into hard cider.
Keeping Ducks and Geese
Flowing water and a pond are ideal for keeping ducks, but if you don't have this, then you must ensure that you can provide them with a deep container of regularly changed water as ducks need to be able to periodically submerge their heads to clean their eyes and nostrils.
The Small Farm
Growing crops under cover on a large scale, combined with successional sowing and crop-storage systems, will let you grow and eat your own food nearly all year round.
Most of the equipment that you will need to keep pigs is easily available from agricultural suppliers, but some equipment, such as feeders and electric fencing, can be expensive to buy new, so look for it at farm auctions. If you are buying second-hand equipment, make sure you disinfect it first and scour it with a wire brush.
Foraging for Wild Plants
Foraging was once vital for the survival of hunter-gatherers. We recognize veggies in a supermarket but have lost the skills needed to scan a fencerow for edible treats. Before picking and eating any wild plants, be certain that you've correctly identified them.
There is an amazing variety of breads you can make in the comfort of your own kitchen, and whatever kind you decide on, and whichever type of grain you use, the process is simple. So experiment, be inventive, and have fun.
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