The Weekend Homesteader by Anna Hess
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Let me say up front that I “know” Anna from Goodreads, and have often been fascinated by the lifestyle she and her husband have chosen. They live almost “off the grid,” and seem to thrive without all the trappings I think of as being absolutely necessary to my daily existence. AND they have chickens! (Fresh eggs. Fresh drumsticks. What could be better?) I think I can still be pretty objective about this book, though, because I know without a doubt I would have felt the same way reading it whether I had ever heard of Anna first or not, and that is simply this…I love this book!
The cover and photos are excellent quality and sparked my interest from the start. The monthly divisions of the book make it easy to follow along with various projects throughout the year. And the author’s style of writing is clear, concise, educational without being pedantic, and best of all, useful. You don’t have to be a person who plans to drop off the grid and become totally self-sustaining to find terrific ideas in here. There are wonderful ideas for weekend gardeners, for instance, ranging from how to construct rain barrels for watering your plants to building an under-the-sink worm bin, which will produce just enough nutrients for feeding four or five houseplants in your apartment. See? You don’t even have to have an actual yard to find great information here.
Of course, if you do have a yard, and you love gardening, and you are thinking about keeping some chickens, say, and becoming a bit more self-reliant, well then you will get even more out of The Weekend Homesteader. But I read it just for the pleasure of learning some new things, and enjoying all the wonderful photographs and ideas shared within. I highly recommend the book to all gardeners…and wannabe gardeners…anywhere. And you wannabe homesteaders? What are you waiting for. Get it. You’ll learn good stuff!
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