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Completely revised 2nd edition 2009 (AUS)
Jackie French's entertaining and practical style makes this book a thoroughly enjoyable read as well as one of the most useful gardening books you'll find. Armed with this book there's no reason why you can't have a beautiful, bountiful garden producing most of your fruit and veggies all year round.
Among the many very useful chapters there’s a garden calendar suggesting activities for each climate zone each month; a guide to growing staple food crops including plants to provide oil for cooking and eating; which fruit trees to grow in different climate zones; small animals for small gardens; organic pest control; recipes for making the most of your harvest and heaps more. There are also answers to such crucial gardening questions as 'how much do I plant?'. This book is crammed full of valuable information and advice backed up by personal experience. Transform your garden into one as productive and full of life as Jackie's! 192pp
Down To Earth - A Guide to Simple Living
Rhonda Hertzel 2012 (AUS)
Searching for a way to live well while spending very little money? This delightful hard cover book encourages readers to find the joy and meaning in a simpler life. Rhonda shares all the practical information she has gathered on her own personal journey to slow down, live well, be more sustainable and create a life with independence, opportunity and freedom with little money. If you are aware of the authors very popular blog then you will know this is more than just a guide to learning how to grow tomatoes, bake bread or make your own soap and preserve fruit, it's an insight into a passionate life and how to harness simple pleasures to find 'true beauty and real power'. 325pp
How can I be Prepared with Self-Sufficiency and Survival Foods?
Isabell Shipard (AUS)
Includes practical hands on immediate skills such as how to plant an edible garden, seed saving tips, using edible weeds and bush tucker, herbs for health and healing, sprouting techniques, how to prepare a 72 hour survival kit and much more.
This book offers encouragement to be as self-sufficient as one is able and an action plan to help you 'ride the storms'. Isabell shows you how to be prepared with a step-by-step emergency management plan for food provisions and essential supplies. This is a critical manual with practical information on plants, plans and recipes to help us survive in a toxic world, and face other hazards that may threaten our health, security and sanity in the 21st Century. 136pp
Practical Self Sufficiency - An Australian Guide to Sustainable Living
Dick and James Strawbridge (AUS)
This is a great manual for self-sufficiency in Australia, with practical, well-illustrated ideas, advice and instructions on a very wide range of important self-sufficiency subjects. If you had one book to turn to in your self-sufficiency adventure, this one would be a great choice. Included is a wealth of information in a very readable format, with chapters covering everything from building and energy to animal husbandry and craft. Chapters include building, energy and waste; animal husbandry; gardening and crafts and much more.
Here's a sample of what's included: you'll get practical advice on solar, wind and water energy; learn how to make biodiesel; use sand filters for spring water and reed beds to manage waste; set up a well-equipped shed; work with fencing and netting; make charcoal; install small-scale irrigation systems; and crafts including woodworking, mending and working with natural fibres.
Out in the garden there's what vegetables to grow; crop rotation; companion planting; storing the harvest; keeping bees, worms and chickens; and fodder crops to grow. In your eco-kitchen you'll soon be making cheese, brewing beer, curing meat and fish and producing your own natural remedies.
Bursting with ideas, know-how and enthusiasm, this will be both an indispensable guide and an entertaining read for anyone keen on aiming toward self-sufficiency. Well-illustrated throughout with colour photographs and detailed line drawings. 304pp
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