Health, Lifestyle & Well-being

Self-sufficiency

  • BLTS
    Mark Frary
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    Providing all the basic scientific principles you'll need to solve many household conundrums, Mark Frary's Better Living Through Science offers 30 practical techniques that can be applied to everyday tasks - from how to keep kids entertained to saving money on petrol and wrapping the perfect present.

    Full colour throughout, the book is packed with fun diagrams and easy-to-follow explanations for all the life hacks, making it ideal for any potential science buff. The advice will help you apply accessible science to your home life in order to do things faster, better and cheaper.

    Among many other handy hints, the book will show you how to use maths to keep those credit cards down, geometry to fit furniture around the corner and chemistry to remove wine stains!
  • MEAN
    Jane Thynne
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    If you know someone who always likes to remain frugal (or penny-pinching!) with their money, then Tips for Meanies: Thrifty Wisdom for the Oldie will quickly become their favourite book - it's full of thrifty and irreverent tips for the household!

    Taking the advice from the bestselling magazine The Oldie, the book shows 'Meanies' how to keep their homes clean, green and very mean. Tips range from the unlikely miracles that toothpaste and vinegar can perform to cunning ways to curb household shopping and lower energy bills.

    There are also home remedy solutions and other austerity-busting tips that will delight anyone who tends to be a bit tight when it comes to money. Pocket-sized, this is the perfect book for dipping in and out of!
  • NEAL
    Susan Curtis
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    Packed with wisdom from a company known for their modern approach to traditional herbs, Neal's Yard Remedies is brimming with tips on how to source, cook, brew and blend your own herbal remedies.

    Including an A-Z directory featuring over 100 herbs, with information on how to source them and their uses, this beautiful and practical hardback is a great gift for anyone interested in traditional tinctures and syrups.

    With gorgeous photography and a raft of step-by-step techniques to help you discover the healing power of plants, now you can use the wisdom of Neal's Yard to do it yourself.
  • ABIMX
    Melissa Corkhill
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    What could be more wonderful that being able to soothe your own and your family's aches and pains naturally? Here Melissa Corkhill gives advice for treating common conditions and illnesses at home using remedies provided by Mother Nature. In this book you'll discover how to treat non-serious complaints, such as coughs, colds and sore throats, as well as suggestions for easing the strain of more permanent conditions like eczema, arthritis and asthma. Packed with easy-to-follow recipes using herbs, essential oils and ingredients found in your kitchen, you'll be making your own natural remedies in no time.
  • AAJGA
    John Seymour
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    Make the break, realise the dream and start living "The Good Life!" with John Seymour. The new edition of this enduring classic from the founding father of modern self-sufficiency, John Seymour, is still the key reference to living off the land. Covering all the practicals from ploughing fields to milking cows as well as information on how to create an urban organic garden and harness natural energy, this is perfect for anyone aspiring to the self-sufficient lifestyle. Packed with Seymour's tried-and-tested tips and invaluable nuggets of advice, discover how to reap the harvest, respect the land, stay healthy and waste nothing.
  • AAPZI
    Eve McLaughlin
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    This is an inspirational guide to teach you everything you need to know about growing your own food and becoming self-sufficient. This updated version of the original guide to self-sufficiency has everything you need to start the good life. It includes the very latest gardening advice to help you grow fresh fruit and vegetables on your land, be it a garden or allotment, small or large. You can discover how to plan your site to make the most of it. Expert gardening tips explores the best planting times, how to start a garden from scratch and how to plan your crops. You can move closer to self-sufficiency with unusual ideas for how to store, process and preserve your homegrown harvest to make it last longer. You can brew your own beer and cider and learn how to bottle, cure, smoke and pickle your produce.
  • ACZCR
    Alison Candlin
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    Garden-fresh fruits and vegetables, eggs still warm from the hen, a storecupboard packed with pickles, chutneys and jams and a feeling of being really in tune with the seasons ...these are the notions that drive many people to take their first steps towards self sufficiency. You will also be cutting down on food miles, reducing your reliance on supermarkets and you will know exactly what goes into your food. Even with an average-sized back garden, you can raise a host of produce. Start with a fruit and vegetable plot and, with the practical advice in this book, you'll soon grow in knowledge and confidence. You may want to enlarge your plot or keep a few chickens, a goat, or even a pig. You'll also find advice on conserving energy and water and even generating electricity.
  • AOGND
    Brett McLeod
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    You'll learn how to take stock of your woods; use axes, bow saws, chainsaws, and other key tools; create pasture and silvopasture for livestock; prune and coppice trees to make fuel, fodder, and furniture; build living fencing and shelters for animals; grow fruit trees and berries in a woodland orchard; make syrup from birch, walnut, or box elder trees; and much more. Whether your property is entirely or only partly wooded, this is the guide you need to make the best use of it.
  • AANJX
    James Strawbridge
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    This title contains everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series - "It's Not Easy Being Green" - Dick & James Strawbridge. Want to save on your fuel bills, ready to grow your own, reduce your carbon footprint, and take the self-sufficient plunge? Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life - without having to transform your lifestyle. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, the Strawbridges provide all the step-by-step advice you need for successful eco projects, large and small.

    Learn to grow your own fruit & veg, make a wormery, build a chicken ark, install solar panels and more. Each undertaking is realistic, achievable and sustainable. You won't need to go the whole hog - just pick and mix to suit your needs, for long-lasting dividends.
  • AHXTK
    Dick Strawbridge
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    There's nothing like a fresh loaf, warm from the oven - and with this new title baking has never been so simple. Breads shows you how to make your own sourdough, yeast, quick and unleavened breads for every occasion. This practical guide to baking is packed full of delicious recipes and detailed step-by-step instructions, as well as expert hints and tips straight from the authors' kitchen.
  • ANLAA
    Barbara Jones
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    Building with Straw Bales explains in straightforward terms the principles of straw-bale building. It covers design principles; the different types of foundations; how to raise and stabilise walls and protect them from the weather, including a detailed analysis of how straw performs with humidity; and how straw-bale buildings can easily meet Building Regulations requirements. Straw-bale building is now entering the mainstream - used by firms who see its value in terms of cost-effectiveness, ease of installation and energy efficiency. Straw has great loadbearing qualities and provides superb insulation at an affordable price. Now in full colour for the first time, the beautiful photographs throughout this book illustrate the techniques described and show-case the diverse possibilities of straw-bale building. A book for self-builders as well as architects and construction industry professionals; straw-bale building is accessible to many people and provides immense opportunity for creative fun, enabling you to design and build the sort of shape and space you'd really like.
  • AGSXA
    Dick Strawbridge
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    Cheese & Dairy shows you how to make fresh butters, yogurts and cheeses - from fresh, soft and hard to flavoured and blue - with plenty of recipes for milk and cream too. Dick and James Strawbridge show you how to transform fresh produce into delicious handcrafted food and drink for enjoying and sharing any time of year. With clear demonstrations of key methods and fantastic recipes to taste, everything you need is here.
  • AMCZS
    Lindsay Porter
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    The Renewable Energy Home Handbook is biased towards the practical, and covers the installation of all leading types of alternative domestic energy sources - from ground- and air-source heat pumps, PV solar electricity generation and solar water heating, to bio-mass domestic heating systems and wind turbines. Discussing the pros and cons of each technology, it also provides you with a clear overview of what's genuinely required and the benefits to be gained from each system. The author, Lindsay Porter, is best known for his books on motor vehicle technology, making car mechanics and body repairs easy to understand and carry out. But alternative energy and conservation have long been a passion for him and his wife, Shan, so this manual is very much a labour of love. Here, Lindsay applies his commitment to making difficult subjects easy for everyone to understand to the money-saving - planet-saving - systems we can apply to our homes.
  • AONXD
    Tom Szaky
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    In this fun, pop culture exploration, two ecological entrepreneurs examine the materials we use in our daily lives, show how they impact the environment, and provide project ideas-from recycling to upcycling and more-to lessen our impact and protect our world. Jam-packed with information, more than 200 photographs and illustrations, and approximately twenty DIY projects, this engaging, graphic volume shows us how we all can cut down, reuse, and repurpose the garbage we produce. With its easy hands-on design, Make Garbage Great contains information, little known facts, compelling graphics, and colorful illustrations and photos on a variety of common household waste-stream materials: Plastics, Glass and Ceramics, Paper, Wood, Textiles, Metal, Rubber, and Organics. Tom Szaky, the founder of the award-winning nonprofit, environmental company TerraCycle, introduces each and explains what he's learned about it in his personal life and with TerraCycle. He and Albe Zakes then provide a graphic historical timeline of each material's use in commercial goods-from how it's manufactured to what happens when it's throw out-an analysis of its impact on the environment now and tomorrow; suggestions for DIY projects to save it from the trash bin, and lists of helpful resources. They also include sidebars and definitions, fun and quirky facts, lists of reuse ideas, quotes, and illuminating interviews that add depth and insight. All of us have a responsibility to protect our environment. Informative and inspirational, Make Garbage Great shows us how to be creative custodians today-and for the rest of our lives.
  • AGNGX
    Martin Crawford
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    How do you cook heartnuts, hawthorn fruits or hostas? What's the best way to preserve autumn olives or buffalo berries? Forest gardening is attracting increasing interest as an alternative approach to growing food - but once you've planted your garden and it's harvest time, what should you do with the produce? From bamboo shoots and beech leaves to medlars and mashua, Food from your Forest Garden offers creative and imaginative ways to enjoy the crops from your forest garden. It provides cooking advice and recipe suggestions, with notes on every species in the bestselling Creating a Forest Garden by Martin Crawford. The book includes: * Over 70 recipes for over 60 different species, presented by season, plus raw food options. * Information on the plants' nutritional value, with advice on harvesting and processing. * Chapters on preserving methods, from traditional preserves such as jams to ferments and fruit leathers. With beautiful colour photographs of plants and recipes, this book is an invaluable resource for making the most of your forest garden - and an inspiration for anyone thinking of growing and using forest garden plants.
  • AEBJY
    Helene Gammack
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    * Inspiration for the modern gardener or smallholder from Britain's great country estate and their kitchens gardens. * This practical guide gives a fascinating glimpse over the kitchen garden wall and into the orchards, vegetable beds, fishponds, vineyards and brewhouses through the centuries. * For anyone wishing to grow their own and become more self-sufficient, there is much to learn from traditional gardening techniques, whether you have an urban allotment or a balcony. Britain's great estates and country house gardens offer a wealth of inspiration to the modern gardener. From traditional walled kitchen gardens and their - sometimes surprising - fruit and vegetables, to keeping bees, chickens or even livestock, tried and tested methods have been used in kitchen garden estates since medieval times and have much to teach anyone who wishes to make their own outdoor space a model of self-sufficiency. Covering fruit and vegetables, herbs, orchards, beekeeping, fish ponds, dovecotes and poultry, dairy and the farmyard, the deer park and game, hops and vineyards, there is something for everyone, whether you have acres of land, an allotment or are simply growing herbs on your windowsill.
  • ARMMI
    Bella Ivins
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    'The New Homesteader' tells the story of their family life on their home farm and provides all the knowledge necessary for anyone thinking of embracing a self-sustaining lifestyle and starting their own homestead or urban farm - or even just tending their own little plot to provide a supply of fresh ingredients throughout the year.Starting with the Kitchen Garden, Nick and Bella discuss designing and planning a plot then move on to choosing and planting fruit and vegetable crops. Next, in The Orchard, they explain how to plant and tend an orchard as well as growing soft fruit. Animals covers the topic of livestock, including keeping bees, chickens and other small poultry and rearing lambs and pigs. And The Garden tackles a range of associated subjects such how to make any additional outside space productive by planting a wildflower meadow, a small woodland and even a nuttery.
  • ANKCY
    Suzie Baldwin
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    The Good Life in Real Life is a detailed manual to start, plan and manage your own smallholding. Suzie explains the level of work involved, how much space you need and how to prepare your land. There are chapters on keeping poultry (chickens, turkeys, ducks and geese), as well as pigs, goats and sheep, cows and bees. She also explains why having a variety of animals makes the best use of your resources and how many of each type to keep. Comprehensive advice includes choosing breeds, transporting, feeding, housing, daily care and wellbeing, as well as international legislation that applies to livestock.
  • AQYKS
    Eric Childs
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    People everywhere are rejecting industrial food to produce their own - and fermentation is at the zenith of this movement. It is slow food at its slowest, optimizes nutritional health and confers unique flavours and textures. This mouthwatering survey presents a world of recipes for fermented foods and beverages to make at home, from bread and beer to ketchup, kombucha and kimchi. Featuring tantalizing photography and tips from the pros, this book is the ultimate resource for everyone from the newbie to the seasoned fermentation enthusiast.
  • AFZUN
    Alex Mitchell
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    In cities around the world, we are redefining our sense of urban living. No longer satisfied with a grey, sterile metropolis, we want the best of both worlds - the energy and diversity of the city, but a stronger sense of harmony with nature too. The Rurbanite Handbook explains everything you need to know to achieve this, proving it isn't necessary to move to the country to meet nature head on, including: turning your back garden into an urban homestead putting a green roof on your garden shed planting to encourage wildlife guerrilla gardening keeping bees, hens, quails, ducks learning to identity the wild flowers growing out of cracks in the pavement turning ex-industrial sites into vibrant community gardens
  • AGFKV
    Wild At Heart
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    It's free, it's fun and it's very tasty! Harvesting your own produce from the hedgerows, meadows and woods rather than just ordering food online from the supermarket is all the rage with both towndwellers and countryfolk. The joy of turning nature's bounty into delicious produce to enjoy with the family or to use to make a lovely gift is being rediscovered in kitchens across the country. This book will show you how easy it is to use your 'harvest' in lots of different ways: fed up with just making jam? then why not try fruit leather, cheese, rose petal syrup or a wickedly alcoholic drink instead. The book covers FLOWERS & HIPS (elderflowers, dandelions and wild roses); LEAVES (wild garlic, wild sorrel, nettles, samphire, dandelions).BERRIES (wild strawberries, blackberries, wild raspberries, bilberries,elderberries, rowan berries, berry mixtures); FRUIT WITH STONES (wild cherries, wild plums and damsons, sloes); FRUIT WITH PIPS (crab apples, quinces, medlars); and NUTS (hazelnuts, chestnuts, walnuts) This is a really practical book covering 100 recipes, both sweet and savoury, as well as tips on gathering, seasonal guidance and the law and commonsense.
  • ARYMX
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    With a flood of research showing the dangers of chemicals and toxins in most skin care products, cleaners and food items, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home shows readers how to make toxic-free homemade products they can trust. This book serves as a complete resource for readers' green living habits. Readers get a huge variety of projects, including natural skin care products like Dandelion Hand Cream, bath and beauty products like Basil Mint Herbal Bath Bomb and Calendula Rose Face Toner, soaps like Rosemary Nettle Shampoo Bar or Men's Shaving Soap, home products like Lavender Fabric Softener and Thyme Disinfecting Spray, health remedies like Herbal Cough Drops, and pet products like Herbal Flea Powder. The book will include over 100 projects divided by category-25 projects in skin care, 25 in bath, 15 in beauty, 10 in soaps, 10 in home, 15 in health and 10 in pets. Our book will stand out from others on the market because each project uses real herbs, flowers and other plants, instead of essential oils or manufactured solutions. This makes the projects more affordable and effective. Jan Berry lives on a farm and shares her recipes and projects on her blog, the Nerdy Farm Wife. The blog has an active fan base, and this is the book her readers have been asking for. Readers are going to love this book's easy guides and step-by-step projects for going green in every part of their lives.
  • APIWE
    Kate Blincoe
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    Nature needs children and children need nature. This book will help your family open your doors to the outside and become truly freerange animals. You'll live a greener lifestyle and your children will learn to enjoy, appreciate and care for the world around them. This beautiful book will inspire you to explore nature whether that's: * foraging for dinner * learning party tricks with plants * or making eco-decisions around the home It's all about having fun together, however exhausted, time-pressured or stressed you are! For parents of zero to ten year olds, this is a humorous and light-hearted look at all things green and nature inspired. It's not about being perfect; it's about giving it a try and feeling the benefits for your family.
  • AGHMF
    Paul Scheckel
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    Are you looking for creative ways to lower your energy costs, generate more of your own power, or become less reliant on the grid? Energy expert Paul Scheckel offers practical solutions for adapting solar, wind, wood gasification, biogas, and micro hydro power systems for home use. Step-by-step instructions show you how to build a wood gasifier, a solar heat collector, a bicycle-powered generator, and other energy-saving equipment; make your own transportation fuels, including ethanol, wood gas methanol, and biodiesel; convert kitchen compost into renewable natural gas; and more. Whether you want to live completely off the grid or just save some money on your fuel bills, this guide has the knowledge and skills you need.