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Getting Started in Permaculture: 54 Projects for Home and Garden
Getting Started in Permaculture: 54 Projects for Home and Garden
by Jennifer Mars
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.97

46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent little book, 17 April 2009
Initially I was put off by the thought that this was going to be a little bitty book with only a few projects of any use to me in it.....not the case.

This is an excellent little book and having reviewed and tried some of the projects in it, I was only sorry that I had not bought it earlier.

It certainly is not the only Permaculture book that you are going to buy, but it is definately a must have reference for anyone vaguely interested in this facinating area. Perhaps this is where my only form of a criticism comes in. Some of the projects are introduced with just enough information to get you up and running, little more. That said however, if you are really keen on completing any of the project, you will now have the idea and will be able to research more on websites such as instructables.com et cetera.

To list some (not all) of the projects/areas covered (because I coldnt find them elsewhere before I bought the book);

Recycling tyres (herb mounts, tyre ponds)
Recycling plastic bottles (insect traps)
Organic pest control
Sheet Mulching
Making compost
Natural liquid fertilisers
Earthworm farm
Hothouses
Shadehouses
Animal tractors
Environmentally responsible living
Haybox cooker
Determining levels
Propagating plants
Bird attracting projects

All in all........a lot of information for only a little outlay.

Well recommended.
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Grow Your Own Drugs: Fantastically Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Treats
Grow Your Own Drugs: Fantastically Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Treats
by James Wong
Edition: Hardcover

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Simple and straightfoward, 14 April 2009
I thouraghly enjoyed this book, well worth the price.

PROS:

1) Easy to get ingredients
2) East to prepare recepies
3) Easy to read format
4) Overall nice "feel" to the book.

However..........

CONS:

1) Only every second page is a recepie
2) There really arent enough contra-indications, for example the "hops" debate in the earlier reviews of this book.

The author does go to great pains to say that you should always check with your doctor, but a handy list of contra indications for each recepie/treatment is really called for.

Granted, anyone trying any new medicine should fuly research the full background before trying new treatments willy-nilly, and that is their own responsibility, but given that people are inheritantly lazy/stupid, the author should have done more to make people clearly realise the possible dangers.

All in all, a good book. Well worth a purchase, and I will certainly be using a lot of the recepies given. Id call it inspiring and think that a lot of people will find themselves looking for alternatives to pharmaceuticals". Hope that there is a second series on TV.


Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-cost Wood-fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
Build Your Own Earth Oven: A Low-cost Wood-fired Mud Oven; Simple Sourdough Bread; Perfect Loaves
by Kiko Denzer
Edition: Paperback

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well put together book, 14 April 2009
Whilst I havent actually gone and built a clay oven using the instructions given in the book, Ive read it thouraghly and it certainly answers all my questions relating to Earth Ovens and DIY.

It is well structured and clear.

Having researched the making of Earth Ovens, this was the book that consistantly came up trumps with reviewers.

Simple and do-able..........thats the message.


Let It Grow
Let It Grow
Offered by Books-and-Sounds
Price: 4.98

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy listening, but not entirely the RC "vibe", 14 April 2009
This review is from: Let It Grow (Audio CD)
Im a MASSIVE fan of Hugh FW and his River Cottage ethic, and I was dying to get this CD for that "RC vibe"......unfortunately I wasnt feeling it. There was something lost in translation.

However, that does not stop me from recommending it for both is musical content (There is a lot of good music on this CD, in fact all of the tracks were top notch) and for its contribution to the RC nominated charities.

Keep up the good work!


Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook No.4
Veg Patch: River Cottage Handbook No.4
by Mark Diacono,
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

5.0 out of 5 stars Very much worth the purchase, 14 April 2009
Another of the river cottage handbooks. Whilst not the most in depth reference on the matter, and it doesnt pretend to be, it is certainly an inspiring piece. Inspiring in that it takes away some of the mystery and doubt that one would have wrt growing your own veg. Not entirely suited to the absolute beginner, but no doubt that it is a handy guide and certainly enough to get you revved up and going to try out new vegetables.

What it is not is a how to guide, on small gardens, container gardening et cetera.

All in all well worth the price. Will refer to it from time to time, and will certainly use a lot of the recepies included. Simple and quick.


Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3
Bread: River Cottage Handbook No. 3
by Daniel Stevens
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 10.49

8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - easy read and easy to follow recepies, 25 Feb 2009
All in all well worth the money.
It is a very easy read with all steps and ingredients described clearly and in sufficient detail that you just feel more confident in your baking.
Well recommended.


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