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Practical Self Sufficiency Hardcover – 23 Aug 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: DK; 01 edition (23 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405344415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405344418
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.5 x 28.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,615 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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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Format: Hardcover
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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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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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.
Thanks,
B
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This is a good read, full of great ideas and examples. Not everything is covered in depth but most ideas have enough detail to allow the reader to do their own research if they wish to take things further.
Personally I found this is an easy read with lots of great pictures to refer to as I progressed through the book however it should be noted that I started reading with little or no previous knowledge on the subject.
This book covers ideas for various sized plots, from window boxes through to small holdings and several money/energy saving tips throughout.
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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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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.
Wonderful.
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Speedy delivery... And a great book, as a fan for years of John Seymour's Self Sufficiency books I was hoping the Strawbridge book would carry on where John Seymour left off...And we were not disappointed. We already run a smallholding and have for twenty plus years, however, there are always new things to learn and some very useful tips, if you are starting out this is the book to learn from...
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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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