Homesteading: Urban Homesteading by Jennifer Ross

Homesteading- Urban Homesteading by  Jennifer Ross

Homesteading- Urban Homesteading

Homesteading: Urban Homesteading

Fed up of consuming mass produced packaged food ?Interested to grow a healthy harvest in your own terrace or balcony? Want to take up gardening as a hobby to relax and rejuvenate your mind? Do you want to save the money that you spend at the expensive organic store? Looking for ways to lead a simplistic life by causing minimum harm to the environment? Urban Homesteading is the solution.

What is Urban Homesteading?

Before people started buying bread and eggs from stores, everyone raised poultry in their backyards and baked bread at their homes. Homesteading is an ancient concept; however, urban homesteading has revived the old techniques of self-sufficiency and adapted them to suit the urban dwellers’ needs. Urban homesteading is not a single concept; it is a collection of various techniques and practices. It includes growing vegetables and fruits, raising animals, preserving food, making bread, cheese and yogurt at home, spinning and knitting, making cleaning products, using solar and wind energy, conserving water and making fertilizers and compost. It is the attempt to consume products made at home and create products rather than purchase mass-produced products from stores.

Author’s Bio,

Jennifer Ross is a former Wall Street Journal and Dallas Morning News reporter;
she lives in Austin, Texas, with her husband and children.
She likes spending time with the kids, cook and bake for them.
She loves books, movies, great television, newspapers, magazines and celebrity gossip.

Reviews

12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious! July 6, 2014
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This is the funniest thing I have read in years. The laughs started at location 137 when she touted the advantages of being able to pluck your own carrots fresh off the tree. When she explained how supermarkets use a spray on their carrots to artificially ripen them, I was rolling on the floor.

I haven’t been able to finish it yet. I can’t see the words for the tears in my eyes. Keep up the good work but, for Heavens sake, put a disclaimer in the front so everybody will realize it is a work of fiction.

 

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Practical, achievable steps that even people such as myself (slothful, time-strapped, renter/not much space) can take to live a more self-sufficient, non-toxic, sustainable lifestyle. Informally and engagingly written. And did I mention practical? I’ve already adopted about 1/2 dozen suggestions from this book quickly and cheaply. I’m going to keep it for future reference. A must read for anyone interested in self-sufficiency and the good life.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction To Homesteading June 30, 2014
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It is funny how people are now starting to get back in touch with nature when so much of the focus of the focus has been on technology. The author has laid out the reasons you may want to consider homesteading and how to grow an urban garden.There is also a section on preserving food and canning. A good read for anyone interested in homesteading.

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Info! June 29, 2014
By EB
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I’ve been working on being
more self sufficient. So I
started my own veggie garden.
Really glad I found this book.
“Urban Homesteading is loaded
with tips, ideas, and strategies,
to help get you started with self
sufficiency. I really like the chapter on
making your own food. Thanks!

 

5.0 out of 5 stars Brings Back Memories! June 27, 2014
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Homesteading is an excellent book with a great concept. I grew up farming and did everything this book describes. I like how the author reminds you this lifestyle works for some that set realistic expectations, but most have good intentions with crazy expectations and don’t stick it out.
Though rewarding there is NOTHING easy about this a lifestyle. So I suggest most wordly City Slickers and lazy-butts not bother. However if you are tough, persistent, and don’t mind smiling when knee deep in “s***,” this could be for you!Bottom line is Ross has a great guide here with something for everyone to learn. I suggest you read it and let the author know what you think. BRAVO!

5.0 out of 5 stars A super guide to get your started immediately January 21, 2015
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This is a complete guide to homesteading, from understanding what it is to making a choice to live this special lifestyle. The book includes gardening information to be self-sufficient in these uncertain times and how to get the optimum sunlight, collect rainwater and select location. There is information on making your own compost and mulch. I especially liked the chapter on the different types of gardens, including vertical gardening, container gardening, square foot gardening and rooftop gardening. In other words, you can MAKE space if you set your mind to it. Ross also covered of the best kinds of plants to have the best harvests in specific environments and how to arrange your crops for natural pest control. I enjoyed the chapter on making your own food and the different ways your harvested bounty can be saved (canned, frozen, dehydrated, etc). I found this book well written and researched and a very useful tool for gardening, especially in small or urban environments.

 

4.0 out of 5 stars nice for beginners July 18, 2014
By Mj
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Enough to get you interested. For more, you will have to do more research. Please! Especially if you are thinking of getting livestock.
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