Monday, April 30, 2012

Fresh Food From Small Spaces: A Review

I found Fresh Food From Small Spaces by R.J. Ruppenthal an inspiring overview of small space homesteading topics.  Container gardening, vertical gardening, chickens, bees, sprouts, fermenting foods, mushrooms, and more can be found within these pages.  I found myself considering topics I hadn't considered before. 

Ruppenthal discusses in simple terms the above subjects with either enough information to draw an interest to a basic understanding in technique.  This book applies more to those in apartments or very tiny lots.  I live on a 1/4 acre and found encouragement to learn more about quite a few of the subjects. 

Here are some of the things I took from this book: different fertilizers for different crops and containers, test soil ph, add in whole cornmeal to soil to enrich it, types of crops to consider for crop rotation/containers/hanging, compact orcharding, sprouting a larger portion of my families foods, making a raw vegan yogurt from nut milks, kefir, sauerkraut/kimchee, worm bins, etc...  I actually took a page and half of notes which is uncommon for me.  And it is the first paper book I've read in a long while (hardcore Kindle user here, though this book is available on Kindle :) ). 

I checked this book out from the library.  While I gained a lot of information and inspiration from this book, I don't feel the need to purchase it.  I found that it is an excellent spring board with books recommended for learning more about individual topics.  Check it out from the library yourself to see if you can be equally inspired or pick it up for yourself.  Unless you are a learned homesteader, I am sure it will introduce you to a new topic.  :)

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