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The Concise Guide to Self-Sufficiency [Hardcover]

John Seymour
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7 Jun 2007

Start living the 'Good Life'

Pick up this handy compact favourite from 'the grand master of self-sufficiency' (Kitchen Garden) and discover how to enjoy a sustainable lifestyle.

Easy-to-follow, this guide not only tells you what to do, but shows you how to do it. Follow practical know-how: from creating an urban organic garden and making wine and beer, to ploughing fields or harnessing natural energy.

All the practical advice you need to make the break and get started.

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  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (7 Jun 2007)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405320206
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405320207
  • Product Dimensions: 17.9 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 370,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Seymour is the acknowledged founding father of the self-sufficiency movement. Author of more than 40 books, he draws students from around the world to learn self-sufficiency first hand at his farm in County Wexford.

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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
By C. Munn
This beautifully bounded book has to take pride of place on anyone's book shelf. The fantastic illustrated pictures bring the ideas to life and inspire the reader to dig up their back garden and replace their lawns with carrots and onions. Not only does the book focus on the gardening side, it has a fantastic section on animals, with clear guides on how to look after chickens, pigs, ducks and even bees!

The contacts were fantastic and helped to develop the ideas portrayed throughout the book, and the easy to understand wood section shows clearly how to cut down a tree, and turn the wood into something fantastic, with a wonderful diagram of making a bowl on a lathe, and two pages on basketry. The recipies are fantastic, with simple instructions on making bread, and a wonderfulo recipie on making elderberry wine.

Furthermore, John Seymour has provided stunning information on converting your home from a CO2 producing monster, to an environmentaly friendly establishment, using clear ideas and beautiful diagrams anyone could give it a go.

This is a must for anyone that is interested in self-sufficiency, and even those that just want to start a vegtable patch should definitely give this book a read. What a fantasic book!
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
This is the concise version of the late John Seymour's reference The New Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency: The classic guide for realists and dreamers

'Make your dream of a self sufficient life a practical reality with this concise version of Seymour's classic guide. Featuring a comprehensive guide to planting and harvesting, it shows how to gather food from the wild and from the garden, and includes chapters on traditional crafts and skills, cutting waste and generating power.'

A neat little book with smart dark green board covers holding 256 high quality pages, spilt over main chapters:

(1) The Meaning of Self Sufficiency
(2) Food from the Garden
(3) Food from Nature
(4) In the kitchen
(5) Energy and Waste
(6) Crafts and Skills
(7) Things You Need to Know

with sections:

* 'Why a Concise Guide',
* 'The Self-Supporting Life'
* 'Foreword from 2002 edition'

an introduction and an index.

Charming illustrations throughout along with clearly illustrated step-by-step guides, e.g.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Survival 30 May 2014
By Penny
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Excellent advice on how to survive in case need be. Am looking out for a farm as we speak. Thank you
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book 17 Mar 2014
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Loved John Seymour book, it has such a lot of info in it, I did not know where to start. Really helping us with our urban garden.
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Fantastic Book. Has all the information you want and is very accessible, there are some Great illustrations inside too .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for any household. 28 Aug 2013
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Bought this book when I moved from an apartment to a house in the countryside. My teenage boys love the book as much as I do. A reference book worth keeping.
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