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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: A & C Black Publishers Ltd (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408156555
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408156551
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 2.7 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alison Candlin lives with her young family in Wiltshire where is grows fruit and veg, makes her own preserves and indulges in a spot of hedgerow foraging. She is an experienced writer and editor with credits in numerous cookery and gardening titles, including Food From Your Garden, Secrets and Tips From Yesterday's Gardeners and Plant it, Grow it, Eat it!

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Howard on 24 Oct. 2013
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When I chose a book about becoming self-sufficient, I expected a gardening guide. I got so much more. Right from the word go, the book talks about land, showing how much you will need to be truly self-sufficient, but also making the point that you can grown fruit and veg using pots and hanging baskets.

Not only does this cover the basics of gardening, planting your own veg, and which plants grow well together, it also covers how to use plants as a natural pest control. It has also has a section on the seasons, informing the reader of what they should be doing at certain times of the year - not just planting which seeds / bulbs, but also with regards to general garden maintenance.

As well as gardening and growing your own fruit and veg, it also covers livestock - pigs, goats, chickens, and fowl mainly. But it covers all the bases, with information on how to care for the animals, and the legalities of keeping livestock, moving them, and having them slaughtered.

Since you're growing your own food, you need to know how to harvest, preserve, and store them. This book gives you good advice on how to store vegetables correctly, and how to create jams, chutneys, wines, and ciders.

The final part of the book covers energy. I have to admit skimming over this, as it wasn't something that I'm looking at right now. But, it does cover solar power, heating, and water - something that I will be going back to once we have bought someone a little larger!

Overall this is a great, modern book that anyone considering self-sufficiency should invest in.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Platt TOP 100 REVIEWER on 25 Nov. 2011
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If you have ever been tempted by The Good Life, here's your chance to find out what it's all about and go and live your dream. This book will help you establish a successful smallholding or realise the true potential of your existing garden plot. Used efficiently, this book claims that even a well-maintained tiny back yard can produce enough food to see you self-sufficient. I wholeheartedly agree with that as I have done it myself at one time. All the essentials are here for planning your small, no matter what the size. Planning, preparation and cultivation are dealt with in detail. Keeping animals and foraging. This is a lovely book for anyone who wants to escape the rat race and really grow and rear their own food. I like it. This review first appeared on Karen Platt's book review website.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary Norris on 15 Dec. 2011
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This book is a must for anyone out there interested in exploring a more sustainable self-sufficient lifestyle. It will encourage you to take the first steps, guide you with simple instructions and inspire you through creative ideas. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone.. whether you are just starting out or well along the self sufficiency pathway you will thoroughly enjoy reading it and I bet within weeks you too will have multiple projects planned!
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I would not recomend this book to anyone. it tries to cover too many things and therefore does them all badly. A lot of the advice is outdated, and/or no longer allowed. The proof reading is TERRIBLE a quick glance through pulls up at least three pictures that are not what the caption says. Swiss chard instead of Rhubarb, Bay bolete instead of Cep (and you won't realise that as there's a typo in the latin for Bay Bolete.. so good luck looking it up) And the best one. is sea kale for sea lettuce, one of them is a seaweed! really not close at all. If I can easily find these mistakes in things I know about, I cannot trust the book on things I do not know about. In anycase the book doesn't contain enough information on any topic (with one possible exception see below) to allow you to purely use it.

On a more positive note, it is easy to read, and does have many pictures showing how to follow the instructions. The gardening section could be used to grow veg with. Possibly a good book to dream with, but not a good one to practice with.
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This is an absolutely fantastic book. It covers all the topics you are ever likely to need to know in a really practical way. Everything from the best place to site a greenhouse to which authorities you need to contact if you ever want to keep a pig.
It is very well written with very few wasted words. Unlike some other books on the topic, Alison Candlin is not relying on any celebrity status to give credibility to her book but relies on pure content and presentation.

Having recently moved from the town to the country, I have not yet found a subject I need to read up on, which is not covered in her book.
Brilliant !!
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Excellent book, loaded with great advice and information for anyone wishing to grow anything at all, from parskey on a window ledge to pigs on a smallholding.
Woukd recommend this book to anyone.
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Great book providing some good advice and tips.

A modern view of what is possible in todays World.
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