What are the best books to read on homesteading?

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    #1Put 'em Up!

    Put 'em Up!

    Put 'em Up!: A Comprehensive Home Preserving Guide for the Creative Cook, from Drying and Freezing to Canning and Pickling is a cookbook written by Sherri Brooks Vinton and was published on June 2, 2010 by Storey Publishing.

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    John Reed
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Put 'em up is an excellent book for any person to have in their home. It helps you make the most out of your pantry by food preservation tips."
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    #2Gaia's Garden

    Gaia's Garden

    Gaia's Garden: A Guide to Home-Scale Permaculture is the second edition written by Toby Hemenway which will broaden the discussion about permaculture approach for urban and suburban growers and farmers.  

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    Susan Welch
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This book has a lot of details. It can be used as a reference. I have a holistic view of my yard now since I digested the pages."
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    #3The Heirloom Life Gardener

    The Heirloom Life Gardener

    The Heirloom Life Gardener: The Baker Creek Way of Growing Your Own Food Easily and Naturally is a non-fiction book written by Jere Gettle, Emilee Gettle, and Meghan Sutherland which offers tips and information to every kind of gardener.

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    Shirley Walker
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "Thinking of homesteading and living off your land?? Then you definetly need this book on gardening and growing your own food. Great tips and ideas to make your garden successful! If you already have a successful garden and are looking to bump it up to the next level, this book is also great for that! These are realistic things that can help almost anyone get their garden going to a point where a lot of your food comes from it."
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    #4Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

    Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving

    Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving is food and drink-themed reference book written by Judi Kingry and was published on April 14th 2006 by Robert Rose. It is a comprehensive book on food preservation.

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    Howard Peters
    Written on May 23, 2018
    "This book is good, but is a little dated and is missing a lot of things that have evolved with homesteading over the last ten years. If you see it used at a yard sale, pick it up. If you are looking brand new, there are better options out there."
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    #5Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer

    Farm City: The Education of an Urban Farmer is a non-fiction book written by Novella Carpenter which includes farmers' tips and offers a meditation on what people give up to live the way they currently do. 

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    Patrick Black
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "A great book about a woman who transforms a vacant lot into a great urban garden. The author also talks about raising chickens and her fellow neighbors. Overall, a great read!"
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    #6The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It

    The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live It

    A comprehensive, back-to-basics guide explains how to live independently in harmony with the planet, utilizing natural forms of energy, raising crops and livestock, preserving foods, gardening, carpentry, and other essential skills designed to help build a community and transform one's life. 15,000 first printing.

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    Rose Flores
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Really good guide on how I can live sustainably and off the grid. It gave me great tips on how to grown my own food and preserve it for year round enjoyment. The advice is valuable I think for anyone looking to save money and simplify their lifestyle like I am."
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    #7How to Live Without Electricity- And Like It

    How to Live Without Electricity- And Like It

    How to Live Without Electricity- And Like It is a nonfiction environmental-themed book featuring sustainability. This reference book is written by Anita Evangelista and was published on November 1, 1998 by Breakout Productions.

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    Leticia Gálvez
    Written on May 24, 2018
    "I love books about living off the grid. I find them fascinating. There is always something you can learn from them. I learned a lot of great tips that I can use in everyday life as well because you just don't know when you'll need to know these things. The most useful for me was cooling with other forms of energy and charging batteries. Again, some really great ideas for everyday use. "
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    #8How to Grow More Vegetables

    How to Grow More Vegetables

    How to Grow More Vegetables is a non-fiction book written by John Jeavons which gives tips on how to produce an organic garden with minimal water and care. 

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    Brian Bailey
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "The full title of How to Grow More Vegetables: And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains and Other Crops Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine gives the reader an pretty good idea about the content of this book; it promotes sustainable living. The ideas presented are thoughtful and imbibed with common sense. Real life examples help to make it come alive; if you have any interest in gardening, do yourself a favor and get this book."
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    #9The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency

    The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency
    The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The Classic Guide for Realists and Dreamers is a science and agriculture book that features gardening written by John Seymour. 
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    Richard Daniels
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Everyone should learn the basics of most critical areas of self-sufficiency; This should be common knowledge and a core skill set for everyone, everywhere."
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    #10The Backyard Homestead

    The Backyard Homestead
    The Backyard Homestead: Produce All the Food You Need on Just a Quarter Acre! is a nonfiction book written by Carleen Madigan which provides you a guide about homesteading to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of produce.
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    Hugo Barron
    Written on May 21, 2018
    "This book is a great intro to self-sufficiency and growing your own food. It's a lot heavier on growing vegetables than it is on other aspects of living off the land, though, and this counts against it somewhat. I would probably struggle to get enough food from a quarter acre unless I quit my job and did it full time. But for a backyard gardener, it opens up a world of new ideas."

Summary

Best What are the best books to read on homesteading
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Put 'em Up!Books 38 Paid
2Gaia's GardenBooks 33 Paid
3The Heirloom Life GardenerBooks 32 Paid
4Ball Complete Book of Home PreservingBooks 31 Paid
5Farm City: The Education of an Urban FarmerBooks 29 Paid
6The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live ItBooks 28 Paid
7How to Live Without Electricity- And Like ItBooks 24 Paid
8How to Grow More VegetablesBooks 23 Paid
9The New Complete Book of Self-SufficiencyBooks 21 Paid
10The Backyard HomesteadBooks 19 Paid
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