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You don’t need acres of land to raise and maintain a healthy flock of chickens. All you need is your own backyard! The sixth edition of the Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens contains more than 51 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus do-it-yourself housing plans, tips for caring for chickens in the winter, instructions for protecting your flock from predators and disease, and much more.
Filled with articles covering a wide variety of topics to help get a backyard chicken flock started, this 100-page guide includes helpful tips and advice on maintaining your cluckers. Read how to raise your chickens for meat, from pasture to freezer. Discover which heritage breed chickens are best for laying eggs. Have more chicken meat and eggs than you know what to do with? Try new recipes that turn your excess into delicious dishes. Learn do-it-yourself projects on how to build your own chicken tractor and chicken plucker.
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Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to find the breed for you, instructions for keeping rabbits out of your garden, advice on how to build the best hutches and equipment, and so much more.
Read about the necessary tools, equipment and routines it requires to keep healthy rabbits. Discover the basic bunny diet, and how feeding your rabbits a healthy mixture of pellets, hay and a few treats will keep them happy and strong. Learn how to ban bunnies from your garden by building a safe, simple and humane trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden. Rabbit housing plans are included for a good weekend do-it-yourself project.
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Want the best-looking yard in your neighborhood? Or a sprawling green lawn that welcomes visitors as they make their way up your driveway? With the help of the Grit Guide to Field and Lawn Care you'll discover how to grow and maintain the sharpest lawn, as well as tips for safe mowing, advice for rejuvenating your lawn, and so much more.
Packed from cover to cover with expertise on field and lawn care, this helpful guide can assist you as you decide which mower will work best for your yard. And whether you need an economical pushmower or a time-saving zero turn machine, you'll find advice on routine maintenance that will keep your mower or garden tractor on track all summer long. Read 10 ways to sustainably manage the unwanted weeds that sprout up every year. Master the ins and outs of lawn maintenance and keep your yard looking its best all summer. Plus, learn how to lawn stripe your yard: Not only will it look professionally mowed, but fertilizing and overseeding will be that much easier!
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Author: GRIT Editors
Bread. It’s everywhere. It can take up almost an entire aisle in the grocery store. It’s used as a delicious appetizer at some restaurants with butter and oil. It’s a staple at almost every family gathering, from holidays to Sunday dinners. Bread. It’s eaten all over the world. The 2014 Grit Guide to Homemade Bread features some of the best recipes for homemade bread; from sourdough to gluten-free, from flatbreads to pizza dough, this 100-page guide has them all.
More than 20 of the best homemade bread articles from Grit make up this colorful, glossy-paged guide. There are 118 delicious recipes inside, with more than 57 keys to successful bread making; this guide will help the most inexperienced cook make a perfect, golden-brown loaf of bread right in her very own kitchen.
Even you can make bread! A lot of people are intimidated by the thought of making bread, pizza dough, cornbread or bagels, but with the help of Guide to Homemade Bread anyone can make delicious homemade bread. This sixth edition of Guide to Homemade Bread has more than 51 keys to baking tasty homemade bread, several expertly written articles and 118 delicious recipes.
Discover five reasons why your bread dough doesn’t rise and gain some insight on overcoming this frustrating obstacle. Read how to make homemade flour that is less expensive, more nutritious and more flavorful than store-bought flour. Give a salute to sourdough and cook up some hearty and delicious pioneer fare in your kitchen. Test pizza dough, cornbread, bagel and biscuit recipes and try adding your own fun, tasty ingredient.
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How Bread Works – The secrets to cultivating yeast and developing gluten.
Easy, No-Knead Artisan Bread – Methods guaranteed to make everyone a baker!
Whole-Grain Baking – Great-tasting, nutritious bread, biscuits, muffins and cookies made with whole-grain flours.
Bread Starters for Everyone – Friendship breads and sourdough recipes rely on a diverse mix of fermenting mixtures.
Backyard Bread Oven – Build this easy adobe cooker in one weekend.
With more than 37 easy, do-it-yourself ideas, the Grit Guide to Homestead DIY Projects, 2nd edition takes on wood pallet projects, porch swings, a backyard bread oven, small garden green house and more. Organized by project size – small, medium and large– the guide provides simple instructions for building your own tomato cages, cold frame, compost tumbler, chicken tractor, grain bin house, root cellar, solar cabin and more.
The Grit Guide to Modern Homesteading walks you step-by-step through finding, buying and building your dream homestead. From selecting that perfect piece of land to building your dream home and buying and raising livestock, this 100-page guide is filled with articles written by some of the best homesteading experts.
Discover how to build your home debt-free with patience and resourcefulness. Read all about septic systems to help you save money with design and maintenance. Learn the rules for raising livestock, including feeds, living space and manure. You can also discover how to farm the wind, a new crop that’s a breeze to cash in on.
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As the authority on rural know-how, Grit magazine has long been leading the charge and is now proud to introduce its 2011 special Guide to Backyard Chickens E-book.
From the rooftop terraces of New York City to the sprawling lawns of rural America, the backyard chicken movement has taken hold and is making a massive impact among city dwellers and country folk alike.
At 100 full-color pages, this one-of-a-kind reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.
Grit's 2011 Guide to Backyard Chickens E-book includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including:
Using lard in cooking dates at least as far back as the 1300s. It is prized by pastry chefs today, and it is an excellent cooking fat because it burns at a very high temperature and tends not to smoke as heavily as many other fats and oils do. Rediscovered along with other healthful animal fats in the 1990s, lard is once again embraced by chefs and enlightened health-care professionals and dietitians.
Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient offers you the opportunity to cook like your grandmother, while incorporating good animal fat into your diet once again. Lard is the key to the wonders that came from Grandma's kitchen, and with lard, you can turn out stellar Beef Wellington, Bierocks, or crispy Southern Fried Chicken. Serving your family the 150 treats you enjoyed in your younger days when you visited your grandparents' farm is as easy as flipping a page in this great cookbook. Try your hand at creating fluffy Grandma's Homemade Biscuits, tasty Spanish Corn Bread, delectable Fried Okra, sweet Chocolate Kraut Cake, a Perfect Pastry piecrust for a delicious Butterscotch Peach Pie, or Rhubarb Dumplings.
You will never regret adding Lard: The Lost Art of Cooking with Your Grandmother's Secret Ingredient to your cookbook collection. Don't be afraid to bring a little lard back to the table; your taste buds will be glad you did.
Author: Editors of GRIT Magazine
The Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills features more than 50 ways to enjoy a more sustainable lifestyle. Inside, you’ll discover the most important skills for self-reliance. More than 15 invaluable articles fill the pages of this special issue. Read lessons of off-grid living from a 20-year veteran homesteader and shift to a low-carbon lifestyle. Install the best garden fence to protect your garden from critters. Discover a solar heating plan for your home with an exciting solar project. Follow simple instructions for making your own shampoo, deodorant and toothpaste.
Turn your dreams of country living into a reality! The Mother Earth News Guide to Self-Reliance and Country Skills, 4th Edition is 100 pages of beneficial articles that will assist anyone wanting to live a more self-sufficient life. Nothing compares to the feeling of enjoying a meal that was raised and grown on your own land … no matter if it’s just the delicious preserves from your garden or the entire feast. There are also great articles on solar heating and other energy savings tips that will save you hundreds on your energy bills.
Several articles in this special issue provide useful and helpful tips on how to plan and maintain a successful self-sufficient homestead, from picking the perfect property to caring for the garden and livestock.
Learning to live off the land can be one of the most rewarding experiences. Preparing meals with ingredients that you cultivated yourself provides a feeling of self-accomplishment and the satisfaction of knowing where your food comes from. Being able to successfully run a self-sufficient homestead, no matter whether you live on 1 acre or 10, provides you with benefits such as money saved on bills, healthy and nutritious food, homemade remedies, and so much more.
Growing and raising your own food, completing energy-saving projects and choosing renewable energy, and more are all covered in this 100-page guide. It's jam-packed with articles that will help you start your journey toward making life more self-sufficient.
Read how to plan the perfect homestead and design your homestead on only 1 acre of land. Learn to build the best greenhouses and garden fences. Discover how to plan for food self-sufficiency and maximize your harvest.
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Find Your Country Property - Follow this advice to locate the property that's just right for you.
Space-Saving Home Design - Has clutter taken over your life? Make your house feel bigger by tapping into five strategies that makes your homework far more efficiently.
Make Your Own Herbal Medicine - To find ingredients for many basic herbal remedies, you often need to look no further than your own backyard.
Raising Chickens for Meat - Want to ensure that the chicken on your plate was raised and processed humanely? Do it yourself!
Keeping Bees in Top-Bar Hives - Use this less-expensive method to raise bees that will pollinate your crops and provide tasty honey fresh from the comb.
Author: Mother Earth News
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