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Practical Self Sufficiency [Hardcover]

Dick Strawbridge , James Strawbridge
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23 Aug 2010

Everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series - It's Not Easy Being Green - Dick & James Strawbridge

Want to save on your fuel bills, ready to grow your own, reduce your carbon footprint, and take the self-sufficient plunge?

Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life - without having to transform your lifestyle. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, the Strawbridges provide all the step-by-step advice you need for successful eco projects, large and small. Learn to grow your own fruit & veg, make a wormery, build a chicken ark, install solar panels and more. Each undertaking is realistic, achievable and sustainable. You won't need to go the whole hog - just pick and mix to suit your needs, for long-lasting dividends.

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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Dorling Kindersley (23 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405344415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405344418
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 29.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dick Strawbridge and his son James journey to an ecological, self-sufficient lifestyle was documented in the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green, now in its third season. Dick has also appeared on Planet Earth Challenge, Coast, Planet Mechanics, Scrapheap Challenge and Celebrity MasterChef. James is a regular contributor to magazine and newspaper discussions on green issues.

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 18 Sep 2010
Often oversize books appear on the bookshelves and never really get read, just browsed with most interest in the pictures. Not this one, I bought this book and read it from cover to cover, literally, on the day I bought it - non stop. It is both practical and inspirational and certainly made me want to trade in my current life for a life attempting self-sufficiency. Obviously there are a lot of topics covered, and often if you wanted to take it further you would have to do more research, but what this book gives you is the ideas to persue and the inspiration required, simply by the enthusiasm with which it is written. It is packed full of projects, small and large, that anyone could undertake - I loved the idea for the greenhouse heat sink, the solar dryer and the cold smoker - and one of the really great parts are the hand drawn plans for the various size gardens and workshop and what you could fit in there.
It inspired me so much that I have been looking at properties with more outside space and changing my future plans.
Can't recommend it highly enough.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fab 3 May 2011
I got this book as i have always been interested in a self sufficient life style, i grew up in a house that was a bit like the good life,(tho not as extreme, no animals) and have fond memories as a child helping my dad in the garden.
I have got the bug so badly now!I already have hens and grow a lot of fruit and veg, and currently trying to convince my husband to let me make an earth oven in the garden!
If this is your thing, this is the book for you, it is jam packed full of the best ideas,tho i have to warn you that its hard to dampen the desire to just get stuck in!
I wholeheartedly recomend this book.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Self-sufficiency - a good challenge 30 Sep 2010
Great book with challenging ideas that do seem achievable.
It has put lots of ideas flowing through my head and I can;t look at a garden, back yard, field the same.
Very well presented layout in the book, and I am inspired to go and try some of the things.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Money well spent. 10 Jun 2013
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What a fantastic book. There's something for everyone here. It's helpful, enthusiastic, realistic and beautifully illustrated. The ideas are useful and lead to lateral thinking. It makes you want to get out there and dig!
I fully recommend this god-send of a book to all those who wish to create paradise in their back garden/window box/field/allotment. There is so much we can achieve with a little thought and a great deal of enthusiasm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So practical & so very useful 12 May 2013
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Definitely well worth every penny - this book explains in detail so many different ways to save yourself money, as well as saving the planet ( all be it in a small way.) We have found it invaluable in planning our new allotment, and have already managed to harvest water in the middle of a field using just the slope of the land. Love the bits with the polytunnel & heat sinks, as well as advice on composting & companion planting. Just so very useful. Thanks Dick & James :-)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars practical self sufficiency - what a great book 4 Mar 2012
I first got this book from the library. It was so good I looked on Amazon to buy it. It has lots of different ways to help us to relearn skills our grandparents used to use all the time but we seem to have forgotten. I particularly liked the pages on cheese making, drying fruit herbs and vegetables, how to keep all different kinds of animals, and how to make all kinds of things around the house such as, a meat smoker, cold frame, greenhouse heat sink etc etc. Suggestions we can all benefit from. Well written and clear instructions with clear photo's.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 20 Feb 2013
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Would highly recommend for beginners wanting to be self sufficient. Some great tips and ideas which are easy to do.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring read 12 July 2011
By G. Wurr
Anything that encourages and inspires this way of living as well as this gets a thumbs up from me. There seems to be a miriad of books on this subject now, but this is written from the soul for those that want inspiriation (and in my case, some help too!) Although some of the engineering projects are beyond my capabilities, there is more than enough to compensate. The book is packed with knowledge and explanations that even I can follow.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 days ago by steve
3.0 out of 5 stars Handy For Small Holders
If you are living on a smallholding with outbuildings, this is a useful starter guide. On the other hand, if you have bought/are renting a smallholding you probably know all this... Read more
Published 20 days ago by R. Kerr
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I absolutely love this book. Everything is clearly explained and illustrated. Written by two people who actually live the lifestyle and have done for a long time. Read more
Published 2 months ago by rubberducky
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
A mine of information, full of useful information, well written and illustrated. I just grab it now and then and always come away inspired
Published 3 months ago by john bourke
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent practical guide for a "layman"
This is an introduction - though decently deep - to doing all kinds of useful things towards becoming almost self-sufficient. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Cosy Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellemnt starting point for homesteading
Great book, full of inspiring photos, illustrations and useful advice. I'm planning on vcreating my own smallholding and this book is a very useful place to start to introduce you... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars A book of great ideas
We're moving to a house with a small amount of land and will be looking at setting up an orchard, wildlife pond, some form of self-sustainable energy and veg growing - so this is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Maureen Marshall
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Perfect!
I recommend this book to everyone! It has great ideas and everything is super well explained. There's something interesting for everyone in this book.
Published 8 months ago by Rita
5.0 out of 5 stars happy
i love this book it is intresting and has some good projects that i am keen to try out soon.
Published 8 months ago by jo mayes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great ideas for a new life !
Good ideas and practical advice if you have a small piece of land of larger holding and taking on a new eco / change and approach to you lives. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Miss C A Jansseune
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