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Everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green, Dick and 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 know all there is to know about sustainability and eco-friendly living. In Everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green, Dick and 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 know all there is to know about sustainability and eco-friendly living. In Practical Self Sufficiency, they show you how to make practical, sustainable 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 vegetables and fruit, make your own homebrew, raise chickens, try foraging for wild food, 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.


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Everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green, Dick and 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 know all there is to know about sustainability and eco-friendly living. In Everything you need to know about modern-day self-sufficient living from stars of the BBC series It's Not Easy Being Green, Dick and 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 know all there is to know about sustainability and eco-friendly living. In Practical Self Sufficiency, they show you how to make practical, sustainable 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 vegetables and fruit, make your own homebrew, raise chickens, try foraging for wild food, 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.

30 review for Practical Self Sufficiency: The Complete Guide to Sustainable Living

  1. 4 out of 5

    Bobby Davis

    A very practical and inspirational book filled with several ideas. At just shy of 300 pages, there's a lot in here. Practical Self Sufficiency is surprisingly deep considering the large number of topics covered and is written in a no nonsense manner. I recommend this book to anyone looking to get more out of their backyard. A very practical and inspirational book filled with several ideas. At just shy of 300 pages, there's a lot in here. Practical Self Sufficiency is surprisingly deep considering the large number of topics covered and is written in a no nonsense manner. I recommend this book to anyone looking to get more out of their backyard.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Janis Hill

    I bought this book sometime ago and have only just realise it is still on my 'To read' list, when in fact I've read it. I found it (and still find it) a great book of "how to" inspiration for getting my garden in order to not just being a place of plants... but a place of food, good health and well being. Definitely worth a read. I bought this book sometime ago and have only just realise it is still on my 'To read' list, when in fact I've read it. I found it (and still find it) a great book of "how to" inspiration for getting my garden in order to not just being a place of plants... but a place of food, good health and well being. Definitely worth a read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    My Mum absolutely loves this book. Everything is clearly explained and illustrated. Written by two people who actually live the lifestyle and have done for a long time. Packed full of advice and tips for making it work as well as the basics for setting it all up in the first place. The book covers self-sufficiency for a variety of contexts, for example, the urban homeowner, the rural garden and for those with a small holding. As well as some of the more obvious things you might expect to find, su My Mum absolutely loves this book. Everything is clearly explained and illustrated. Written by two people who actually live the lifestyle and have done for a long time. Packed full of advice and tips for making it work as well as the basics for setting it all up in the first place. The book covers self-sufficiency for a variety of contexts, for example, the urban homeowner, the rural garden and for those with a small holding. As well as some of the more obvious things you might expect to find, such as keeping chickens or bees, foraging and growing your own fruit and veg, there are step by step guides to making alternative energy by converting waste anaerobically into biogas, making charcoal, building a hydraulic ram pump and building a solar shower to name a few. There are even instructions on building your own compost loo! The section on traditional knowledge encourages you to think about the skills many of us have lost due to the convenience of modern technology, such as preserving foods, brewing, wine making, crafting with wood, mending old clothes and making natural remedies. Whether you want to dip in and try out a few ideas or go the whole hog, this book is a great place to start.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Mary-La

    A modern, updated, copy of John Seymour's The New Complete Book Of Self Sufficiency, using photos as well as drawings to explain processes and ideas step by step. Perhaps the DK publisher accounts for the similarity between these two books, but the new takes on old methods, and the humour make it well worth it. A modern, updated, copy of John Seymour's The New Complete Book Of Self Sufficiency, using photos as well as drawings to explain processes and ideas step by step. Perhaps the DK publisher accounts for the similarity between these two books, but the new takes on old methods, and the humour make it well worth it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Plum

    Is there anything this book leaves out? “Comprehensive” is a great way to describe it. Animal management, recipes for home made “champers”, basket weaving, electronic diagrams, plant guides... it’s all there. Great illustrations throughout, and some terrific ideas.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Rosemary

    Brief information on a very wide range of topics, clearly set out. I was especially interested in the projects about comfrey fertiliser, dyeing with natural extracts, making apple cider and calendula salve.

  7. 4 out of 5

    TienvoorNegen

    I got itching hands, and a buzzing mind while reading... It is a great book to read for inspiration and a hands-on guide for actually doing. Not a book for in my bookcase, I want this book to be near me to grab!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is a great book, even better when accompanied by the short-lived tv series. It's not perfectly adapted for Australian conditions, but it's not bad. Still, I love picking it up for inspiration for more green projects around the home! This is a great book, even better when accompanied by the short-lived tv series. It's not perfectly adapted for Australian conditions, but it's not bad. Still, I love picking it up for inspiration for more green projects around the home!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Balzer

    I found lots of interesting ideas in this book. I think its one I'll go to for inspiration over the coming years. some of the wooden boxes to make are a bit beyond me at the moment but that's partly because there is no necessity for me to learn. I found lots of interesting ideas in this book. I think its one I'll go to for inspiration over the coming years. some of the wooden boxes to make are a bit beyond me at the moment but that's partly because there is no necessity for me to learn.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ben Frimley

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tracey Wilde

  12. 4 out of 5

    Monique Bax

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

  14. 5 out of 5

    Trav Wedge

  15. 4 out of 5

    Emmy9394

  16. 5 out of 5

    Christina Kelly

  17. 4 out of 5

    Barnaby Cowin

  18. 5 out of 5

    Neil Loy

  19. 4 out of 5

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    Emily

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Needham

  22. 5 out of 5

    Joanna E. Growin

  23. 4 out of 5

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    Sarah Smith

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  27. 4 out of 5

    sarah clough

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

  29. 4 out of 5

    Grimelords

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tom Hodgson

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