Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency

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Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency: Grow Edibles * Raise Animals * Live Off the Grid * DIY PDF

Get ready to be self-sufficient.

Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point.

Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects.

After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself.

Projects in this new volume include:

-A portable chicken ark

-Two types of beehives

-Solar cookers

-Firewood storage

-A potato growing box

-Hoophouses and greenhouses

-Raised planting beds


-A cider press

-Compost bins

-Drying racks
With its clear plan drawings, precise instructions and detailed photos, Step-by-step Projects for Self Sufficiency makes DIY easier than ever.

Introduction: Building A Self-sufficient Life

Living a more independent lifestyle is a rewarding goal. By learning to do more things yourself, you gain control of the how and when and what of modern life.

The projects in this book are designed to help you reach the goal of self-sufficient living. The best part is that you don’t need to sell your townhome and move to 80 acres in the mountains to make use of these projects.

Pick off a few here and there, and you can participate in the self-sufficient way of being without making the sacrifices required when living off the grid.

Building a greenhouse is a great way for gardeners to jump start the growing season, or to introduce new, sensitive plants to your garden. See page 280.


Section 1: Chickens & Other Creatures

A big part of self-sufficiency is producing your own food. But as delicious and nutritious as fruits and vegetables may be, protein is an important part of every diet. That’s where food animals come in, especially chickens. Chickens provide an ongoing harvest of eggs and can supply valuable meat as well.


Section 2: Nourishing Your Garden

In many ways, the self-sufficient home revolves around the garden. Growing and harvesting your own produce enables you to declare some measure of independence from the corporate food chain. It also allows you to control what goes into what you grow, meaning that you’ll eat less pesticides, chemicals from processed fertilizer, and other contaminants. And don’t forget the money you’ll save by raising your own organic produce.


Section 3: Garden Projects

Most of us don’t have acreage to plant; instead, we’re working with relatively small urban and suburban lots where planting space is limited, where vegetables and flower gardens have to share space with kids, yard furniture, decks, barbecues, shade trees, and pets. But limited space doesn’t mean you have to limit your ambitions. The trick is to be creative with the space you have, and to grow more with less.



Section 4: Food Preparation & Preservation

We depend on our food, just as we do our air and water, to be healthy and wholesome. But increasingly, we have no idea where our food comes from and what is done to it before it reaches us. The farther we move from the source of our food, the more it needs to be processed to get to us. Although shelf life is increased, much can be lost.


Section 5: Homestead Amenities

The most important word in homestead is “home.” After all, everything you’re doing in a move toward self-sufficiency is aimed at making your home a better place to live. You can actually consider homesteading the improvement of your many homes—the world, your region, and the plot of land that holds that structure where you lay your head at night. This section is, in the final analysis, all about that last one.


Section 6: Outbuildings & Fences

Anyone dedicated to the self-sufficient lifestyle will soon discover that they need additional storage space for equipment, sheltered growing spaces for plants to increase the size of the harvest, a shed or two, maybe a small pole barn, fences to keep livestock in and deer out the list goes on and on. You can spend a lot of money building these structures, but you don’t have to.

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