Angela England transforms growing a kitchen garden into building a backyard farm in Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less). The comprehensive soft cover book instructs readers on how to turn a parcel of rural land into a small sustainable farm with space for animals, as well as crops. England also includes chapters on how to make products from the farm’s harvests.
The primary focus of the book is building a small sustainable farm in a rural location. But, a first cover- to-cover read is worth your time, even for urban gardeners, who like me, may mostly be enamored with plants and gardening.
Sections for gardeners who want to preserve their harvested food or make their own cheese and bar soap are part of the Backyard Farming experience. Gardeners will find this workbook-styled publication perfect for dog-earing pages and with plenty of white space for taking notes.
Sustainable Backyard Farming
Backyard Farming begins gardeners on a journey of building a small sustainable farm with sections on purchasing land and constructing enclosures. The gardener’s “bread and butter” subjects, plants and how to grow them, follows. England reviews small space techniques such as square foot, vertical and raised-bed gardening at length and is just as thorough with the tools section. England includes topics on crop rotation and succession planting.
The animal sections include establishing an apiary whether you will want it in a rural space or behind your garage in an urban backyard.
Plants and Garden Styles
No matter a gardener’s favorite style of growing gardens, if you love to grow plants this is a worthy workhorse of a garden book to have in your collection. England has enhanced the kitchen-herb-gardens and fruits-and-berries sections with lists of heirloom plants and food recipes.
New gardeners, whether from rural backyard farms or living in small spaces in the city, will learn from the basic garden subjects like seed starting, using cover crops and building cold frames. Everyone will benefit from the simple pencil drawings such as used to compare the percentages of green matter and brown matter for making balanced compost.
Garden Writer and Beyond Biography
I first met Angela England years ago at Suite101 where we both wrote on garden topics. Since then, England founded the website, Untrained Housewife, published The Untrained Housewife Guide to Getting Prepared (Angela England Media, 2013), and became the Editor-in-Chief of Blissfully Domestic. She is the mother of five living in southeastern rural Oklahoma with her husband and children.
Inside Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less)
Whether you like your urban garden or really do want a backyard farm out in the country, Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) will infuse you with stay-gardening helps. No matter your zip code, Angela England’s advice will help keep the garden life going.
Backyard Farming on an Acre (More or Less) is published in paperback and Kindle forms. Published on December 4, 2012, by ALPHA as part of their Living Free Guides, it has 432 pages. ALPHA is a member of the Penguin Group, Inc. publishers.
Gardeners will like the black and white photos and pencil drawing England uses to illustrate her points and the author’s “Over the Garden Fence” and “Thorny Matters” sidebars dotting the pages. The Garden Appendix contains tools like log sheets and monthly forms for printing off or cutting out and Resource Lists, which includes websites and books England uses. The index at the back of the book is extensive.
Readers may use ISBN – 10: 1615642145 or ISBN – 13: 978-1615642144 to locate Backyard Farming or find it on Amazon.
Detailed information regarding hardiness zones, state health department regulations, local building ordinances and home association guidelines covering building structures and animal husbandry should be locally obtained.