If concerns about the environment and the health and wellness of yourself and your family leave you longing to make a change, start growing and preserving your own organic foods. With the guidance found in The Modern Homestead Garden, you'll discover how little land and effort it takes to start growing healthy, nutritious food.
Modern homesteading is a lifestyle focused on living lightly on the land and increasing self-sufficiency. It doesn’t matter whether “home” is 50 acres in the country, a suburban corner lot, or an apartment in the city; all you need is a desire to reduce your footprint on the earth and live a more sustainable life. To be a modern homesteader, you don’t have to live off-grid and you don’t have to give up contemporary conveniences.
For most modern homesteaders, it all starts with making the conscious decision to reduce your reliance on the commercial food supply chain. In The Modern Homestead Garden, author and YouTube gardening star Gary Pilarchik of The Rusted Garden walks you step-by-step through the process of building a homestead garden. From laying out the planting beds,nurturing the soil, and starting seeds, straight through to cooking and preserving the harvest, Gary serves as your warm and accessible guide, no matter how large or how small your homestead is. With the guidance found here, you’ll move at your own pace, learn, share, and enjoy the journey as you slowly transform your home into an edible landscape. Practical advice to site and build your very first homestead gardenCrop profiles to get you growing quickly Cost-effective ways to source seeds and plants The low-down on feeding plants in an earth-friendly wayMethods for preparing planting beds and containersSoil prep advice every homesteader can use All natural trouble-shooting solutions How to include berries, cane fruits, vine crops, and fruit trees in your homestead plansFood preservation advice that's easy and delicious Modern homesteading is as much an attitude as it is an action. It’s not dependent on how much land you have or even how much food you can grow; it’s about cultivating self-sufficiency and self-reliance, no matter its level. Welcome to The Modern Homestead Garden.
Homesteading requires "actively engaging in a more self-sufficient lifestyle within the everyday demands of modern life," advises Pilarchik, creator of the blog and YouTube channel the Rusted Garden, in his encouraging, practical debut. Pilarchik shows readers how to make the grocery store their "second stop" for food; to that end he describes three types of gardens (containers, raised, and earth beds) and offers tips for sunlight, soil (warning against a pursuit of perfection in this area), composting (which he calls "nature's pH regulator"), and contending with pests and diseases. A sizable section on seeds addresses the best time to plant, along with profiles on various crops, such as warm weather favorites peppers, squash, and tomatoes, and cool weather varieties such as cauliflower, kale, and peas. He also provides instructions on canning, pickling, and freezing, along with a recipe for tomato sauce and advice on drying herbs. Pilarchik details a thorough, sensible approach to cultivating food and gardening in general: "We're just helping Nature along." This is a must-have for gardeners looking to deepen their connection with nature and with what they eat.