We love living on our little piece of paradise here in Montana. Since we arrived the hubby has created quite a hobby farming library. Thanks to Quarto Knows he recently added two new books to his shelves. I thank them for sending the books at no charge.
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Hobby Farming Books
Two of the biggest components of hobby farming are growing vegetables (duh) and keeping chickens. I wrote about the steps we used to start a small farm. I mentioned some of the books the hubby had acquired but since that time he has added a couple of more to his library. As he has often said, you can never stop learning.
We plant a lot of vegetables here in the farm – in fact we grow all that we eat. I freeze vegetables for use all winter long and I can soups and make condiments like ketchup and barbecue sauce. The hubby plants every year and he has long been interested in saving seeds so he was very happy to acquire Starting and Saving Seeds.
About Starting and Saving Seeds:
Grow fabulous food and flowers from seeds, then save seeds to make next year’s garden even better.
Creating dinner from food you’ve grown provides a fantastic sense of accomplishment. Now, imagine the pleasure of starting plants from seeds, tending them, planting them in your garden, harvesting their fruits, and enjoying a delicious meal or bouquet. But that’s not the end of the journey. Now you can turn around and save the best seeds for next year’s garden. Suddenly, you’re self-sufficient; you’ve grown your own garden from seed to seed.
In this book, you’ll find the tools you need to become a seed starting and saving champion. Author and gardening expert Julie Thompson-Adolf walks you through every step of the journey, making the entire process a joy. You’ll find hints to encourage stubborn seeds to germinate, lists of varieties to add to your garden, charts for quick growing reference, and simple DIY projectsto aid your seed starting and saving adventure. (Learn how to make seed bombs and an indoor seed-starting station.) The extensive plant entries inside cover all the most popular vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers. Get started with tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, and melons, or chamomile, cosmos, sweet peas, and poppies—accompanied by beautiful photography from Libby Williams.
Whether you’re an experienced gardener new to seed starting and saving or a brand-new grower, you’ll soon have healthy, productive, beautiful plants for your garden.
About the Author:
Julie Thompson-Adolf is an obsessive organic gardener, nature nut, ecoadventurer, animal advocate, and seed lover. As an experienced gardener and garden writer, Julie is best known for her brand and blog, Garden Delights. She practices a “seed-to-table-to-seed” approach, starting her plants from seeds, creating delicious meals and beautiful bouquets from the harvest, and saving seeds to plant in next year’s garden. Julie’s suburban “microfarm” is a regular site for tours and teaching. She’s a Master Gardener, has served on the National Garden Bureau’s Plant Nerds team, and joined with P. Allen Smith for Garden2Blog. Julie’s a member of Garden Writers’ Association, Slow Food, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, and many other environmental and gardening groups.
Chickens on the Farm
Many people who start small farms also opt to keep chickens so that they can have fresh eggs. Farm eggs are so much better than store bought eggs. You can tell by the color of the yolks. Store egg yolks are a pale yellow where farm eggs are almost a neon yellow. It’s all about the birds’ diet. When they free range they eat a wide variety of bugs, greens and even mice. Yes, chickens are voracious eaters – they are true omnivores.
We have had chickens for almost as long as we have lived here in Montana but the hubby says he is still learning about keeping them. So when given the chance to read 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily he was quite amenable.
About 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily:
Spoil your chickens and beautify your coop with 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily.
Join Lisa Steele, chicken-keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, on a behind-the-coop tour like you’ve never seen. Lisa has spent years figuring out the best ways to keep chickens healthy, the natural way, and she’s collected more than just your average tips.
101 Chicken Keeping Hacks from Fresh Eggs Daily includes simple ideas for re-using and upcycling old items, as well as detailed information on using natural ingredients to enhance and improve your chickens’ lives without breaking the bank.
This guide includes these handy ideas and much more:
- Feeding: Try homemade scratch, growing fodder, or frozen treats
- The Run: Make a chicken swing or DIY scarecrow
- Chicken Health: Find ideas for boredom busters, homemade salves, and herbal teas
- The Coop: Keep it clean with a natural coop cleaner and make your own coop curtains
- The Garden: Build an herb drying rack or brew a batch of chicken poop “tea”
So what are you waiting for? Make your chickens the happiest birds on the block!
About the Author:
Lisa Steele is a fifth-generation chicken keeper who has been around chickens most of her life, so it’s no surprise she has made her name raising her own backyard flock and sharing her farming adventures. Lisa is also an aspiring herbalist and avid gardener who shares tips and advice on both her award-winning Fresh Eggs Daily blog and Facebook page of the same name. She holds a Maine Master Gardener certification and her popular website has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens Top Ten Gardening Blogs.
A regular contributor to such publications as Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farm, and Chickens magazine, as well as HGTVGardens.com and BHG.com, Lisa has become the most trusted voice in natural chicken keeping. She has appeared on P. Allen Smith’s radio and television programs, various local programs, and is currently hosting her own “chicken lifestyle” television show on Maine’s WPTX-TV. She is the author of Let’s Hatch Chicks!, Gardening with Chickens, Fresh Eggs Daily, and Duck Eggs Daily, and tours the country speaking and signing books at fairs and other events.
Lisa lives on a small farm outside of Bangor, Maine.
Life on a Small Farm is Rewarding
But it is also a lot of work. I love our life here and wouldn’t trade it even with the effort required. We eat a lot of good, healthy food and I know exactly where that food comes from. In this time of increasing food recalls I at least know that what comes out of our garden is organic and safe.
The hubby does the gardening and I do the processing. It takes teamwork for this kind of life to function and we are a good team. We each have our strengths and they play well together. He is the researcher and that is why he enjoys reading the books. He says he learns so much by doing so.
These two books would make excellent gifts for the small farmer on your list or for the hobby farm dreamer. It takes a plan to embark on this lifestyle and reading and researching is part of that plan. The hubby said both of these books would be useful for beginners and old hands.
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The hubby has all of these books (obviously the two I’ve mentioned above are here) but he also has read the other two and he has made use of the info in them. He has referred to the beekeeping more over and over again. So if you are looking for a book for a gift, he recommends any one of these: