The slower pace of January lends itself well to sprawling by the fire with a pile of good books and a knitting project (a sweater for the baby). My two youngest take my laying by the fire as an invitation to crawl all over me. Sometime I try to convince them to rub my back or encourage them to find a book of their own. Usually we end in a game of air plane where I precariously balance my daughter on my feet.
Soil is a living organism. Learn about composting and mulching and how to make happy soil. Great reference books with some slug stomping fun.
The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan
Learn how to put your backyard to work. Whether it’s vegetable gardens, fruit trees or meat rabbits, a great reference book for the urban homesteader wannabe.
Mini Farming: Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre by Brett L. Markham
Excellent book on small scale farming and gardening. Plenty of details on preparing and planting a good garden bed and that’s just the beginning.
A vegetable gardeners reference book. Learn who’s who in the world of vegetables. So much great information.
Storey’s Guide to Raising Rabbits by Bob Bennett
The reference book for raising rabbits for meat or for show.
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