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The practical homestead : the backyard handbook for growing food, raising animals & nurturing your land

Author: Paul Heiney
Publisher: London ; New York : DK, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Explores the mechanics of farm life, including milking a cow, harnessing a horse, canning, planting an orchard, filling sausages, pressing cider, and spinning wool.
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Genre/Form: Handbooks and manuals
Handbooks, manuals, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Heiney
ISBN: 9780756662134 0756662133
OCLC Number: 449881764
Notes: Includes index.
Description: 192 pages : color illustrations ; 28 cm
Contents: Home farming (What is home farming? --
The lay of the land --
Garden farm --
Small home farm --
Medium home farm --
Larger home farm --
The farming year --
People power --
Hedging --
Gates and fencing --
Blacksmithing --
Blades and sharpening) --
Animal husbandry (Which animal? --
Confining your livestock --
Simple shelters --
Home farm poultry --
Keeping chickens --
Keeping ducks --
Keeping geese --
Home farm sheep --
Shepherd's calendar --
Lambing --
Wool --
Home farm goats --
Keeping a goat --
Home farm pigs --
Keeping a pig --
Farrowing --
Home farm cows --
Milking --
Calving --
Other livestock --
Keeping bees --
Keeping rabbits --
Keeping exotics) --
Fruits of the Earth (The kitchen garden --
Working with Nature --
Composts and fertilizers --
Deep beds --
Planning a rotation --
Vegetables --
Homegrown herbs --
Cool-climate fruit --
Warm-climate fruit --
Homegrown fruits) Wider horizons (Heart of the farm --
Power to your elbow --
Tractors --
Horses --
Keeping horses --
Farming and wildlife) --
Food from the fields (Which field crop? --
Assessing the soil --
Crop rotation --
Nourishing the soil --
Plowing --
Plows --
Making good tilth --
Sowing the seed --
Cereal harvest --
After the harvest --
Growing rice --
Growing corn --
Growing potatoes --
Meadow menu --
Keeping pastures sweet --
Making hay --
Wet-weather hay --
Storing hay --
Root and leaf crops) --
Home comforts (Fruits of your labor --
Making bread --
Other cereal foods --
Simple dairying --
Making cheese --
Curing bacon and hams --
Sausages and smoking --
Jams and canning --
Pickles and chutney --
Making wine and mead --
Making cider).
Responsibility: Paul Heiney.

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Explores the mechanics of farm life, including milking a cow, harnessing a horse, canning, planting an orchard, filling sausages, pressing cider, and spinning wool.

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