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Basic Country Skills Hardcover – 27 Jul 2000

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  • Hardcover: 564 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (27 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580171990
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580171991
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 22.4 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,594,787 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Whether one wants to live in the suburbs and be more self-sufficient or begin homesteading in the country, the comprehensive, hands-on, problem-solving information and highly illustrated 'back-to-basics' materials presented by 150 of Storey's authors on everything from home maintenance and animal care to gardening and cooking will be easily understood and readily applicable. Storey's Basic Country Skills presents the most up-to-date, practical, authoritative advice for every aspect of independent country living. Detailed illustrations to show the reader simply and easily how and when to do things in order to gain the most benefit from each project. Each chapter will include the following information: a) how to get started; b) common problems; c) check lists; and d) terminology.

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Living in a Brooklyn apartment, we dreamed of owning a few acres, an old farmhouse, a garden, a stream, and a pond. Read the first page
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By David Williams on 17 Feb. 2014
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Bought this for a friend who decided to isolate himself on the Yorkshire Moors and he thoroughly enjoyed it. I was worried at one point that he didn't as when I asked him how he found it he said; "One problem - it ends. More please!"
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Peter W. Weston on 15 May 2012
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any thing with storey on the tittle has to be worth is costs, this is no different a great book with lots of points on lots of subjects which is also its greatest weakness, well apart from being americian lol, no i must admit i own this book and i am glad i spent the money on it just see it as a basic primer as some times you have to go past the book to find more or better information
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235 of 236 people found the following review helpful
The bible (small-b) of rural living 29 Feb. 2004
By Greg Perry - Published on
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We bought this tome just a few weeks before moving from the city where we'd lived our entire lives to a 20-acre rural country place miles and miles from any city limits.
For the first year especially, we kept this book out. You would be astonished at its contents. It describes the pros and cons of water wells, reusing dirt, planning land for gardens and barns, chicken problems, keeping goats, arranging around weather, tanning leather, insect control, tree problems to watch out for and their solutions, energy in places where the lines don't run, getting water from point A to B, storing grains and other foods, and... you NAME IT!
This made our lives so much better. We didn't even use all the advice we read simply because one family can only do so much the first year they move into the country for the first time but this book was our comfort book in knowing that if we had problems, we'd find the solutions here.
72 of 73 people found the following review helpful
A little bit of EVERYTHING! 25 Aug. 2005
By Wabi Sabi - Published on
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If you are looking for one book to serve as a comprehensive guide to nearly every aspect of living in the country and fending for yourself, then you atleast owe it to yourself to browse through this book atleast once; at a minimum, you should borrow it from the library for a peek. This book takes you from start to finish; dawn to dusk; season to season. It may not be as detailed in some areas as you may prefer but you can always find a book dedicated to areas in which you require more information. As a general resource, this book won't be perched on your bookshelf long enough to collect dust since you'll be picking it up on a regular basis.
46 of 46 people found the following review helpful
Storey's Basic Country Skills 1 April 2000
By A Customer - Published on
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This is a GREAT resource book. It contains a little bit of info on just about anything you could want to know about. It is amazing how much it covers--and how well. It is full of very good advice, techniques, and practical skills and solutions for not only country dwellers, but for anyone interested in being able to rely on themselves--inside the home (covers anything from electrical help to help in the kitchen with recipes and canning/freezing) to the great outdoors (covers decks, gardening & tree houses to caring for livestock). I just recently moved to the country, and I will be using this book as a primary reference and guide for many of the projects I have planned. Thank you, John and Martha Storey!
128 of 143 people found the following review helpful
Dissapointing lack of detail 8 Aug. 2007
By hummerfriend - Published on
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I bought this book because of the high review rating, and for the first time was very let down by a highly rated book. I already have a whole bookshelf of books dedicated to small farming/homesteading/sustainable living and thought this would be a comprehensive addition. Unfortunately, this would be an excellent book for someone who has grown up in the city, never been to a working ranch/homestead, and has absolutely no knowledge of the subject. If you already have such knowledge and/or experience you will find this book woefully deviod of useful information. It has a WIDE range of topics (most of which I was not interested in, such as how to install hardwood floor and how to build a treehouse) and each topic is only touched on in the most superficial way. For example, the chapter on treehouses only shows you how to build one kind, assuming that's the only kind you would want to build, and the whole chapter is 4 pages. I suppose the best use for this book would be for a novice to purchase in order to BEGIN a library on the subject, and then use this book to decide what topics to invest in more books on so as to get better information and more detail. If you are looking for real information on specifics such as how to keep a healthy and productive meat flock of chickens, or detailed food preservation techniques, find a specific book on the subject.
31 of 31 people found the following review helpful
My favorite resource for homesteading 18 April 2005
By writergrrrl - Published on
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This has been such a great help. It gave me lots of ideas for things I want to do, and gives me encouragement for what I am currently trying. I like the simple illustrations. All I would like more in this book is ... more. It's a great book to get started trying different things, although I do find other books with more detail after I get started. For example, making soap - great practical first-timer information in this book. Once I tried it, I went to the library and found more detailed books on soapmaking. But the Storey book is my best starter.
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