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Review: Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)

Posted Jan 06 2013 12:00am
I have been down for the count recently my friends.  Bronchitis, it’s a vacation killer.  Brad’s not quite as sick as me, I think he just has a cold.  But we got to hang out together, lay around, watch movies, so it wasn’t all bad.  Plus, I got to catch up on some reading.  I’ve got two reviews coming at ya in the next few days and the first one is:

Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) by Angela England

I read this book before I took off for my Christmas visiting.  The minute the mailman dropped it off I could barely put it down.

The book is divided into parts:

  • Part 1: Living Large on a Small Scale
  • Part 2: Gardening on a Backyard Farm
  • Part 3: Animals for a Backyard Farm
  • Part 4: Enjoying the Bounty

Angela provides so much information in these 400 pages.  I’m beyond excited to start planning this year’s garden.  And now is precisely when you should start planning your garden.  You can’t wait until spring.  The book recommends keeping a garden / farming journal.  This is a great idea.  I have notes written in the sides of (now) this and other books, plus a collection of scrap paper drawings and lists.  Then at the end of every summer I throw them out, which after reading the book I’ve learned is quite silly.  Believe me, I’m not anywhere close to being good at this gardening thing, I should make better notes of what I’ve tried.

The most useful chapters for me were the ones about soil and vegetable gardening.  (And goodness knows I LOVE me some good compost talk).  But the chapters on animals made me dream of what I want a backyard farm to mean for me in the future.  Man do I ever want a chicken.  TORONTO, LET ME HAVE CHICKENS!!!!

I posted pics to Instagram / Twitter / Facebook and handful of you already bought the book.  Hope you’re enjoying it, I’d love to know what parts are your favourite.

One of my blogger buddies, Carly from Rock the Dogs bought the book.

Here’s what she had to say about it:

“I thoroughly enjoyed reading Backyard Farming.  While I live on less than an acre, I found a lot of useful information that I can’t wait to put into practice.  The veggie and fruit planting information alone is invaluable and will definitely help me in planning my garden for 2013.”

Wooooooooooo … bring on this year’s garden!!!

You can buy the book on Amazon or check out your local bookstore.  Let me know if you have any questions about the book.  Or you can also tweet Angela the author @AngEngland

Gardening / Farming enthusiasts – have you started your garden planning for this year yet?  Would love to know who keeps a journal, tell me about it!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not compensated for this review, all opinions expressed are my own.

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