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Free eBook Friday: Urban Homesteading

Urban Homesteading: Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living, by Rachel Kaplan:

The urban homesteading movement is spreading rapidly across the nation. Urban Homesteading is the perfect guide for urbanites who want to reduce their impact on the environment and gain satisfaction from the fruits of their own labor.

Full of practical information, as well as inspiring stories from people already living the urban homesteading life, this colorful guide breaks down the lifestyle basics for any reader. It embraces the core concepts of localization (fulfilling basic needs close to where we live), self-reliance (re-learning that food comes from the ground, not the grocery store), and sustainability (giving back at least as much as we take). Readers will find concise how-to information that they can immediately set into practice, from making solar cookers and growing tomatoes in a pot to raising chickens on a tiny plot and maintaining the mental serenity of country life in the fast-paced city environment. This is a must-have handbook for city folk with a passion for the simple life.

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.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

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Tobacco: A Natural Pesticide

tobacco XI Thursday July 11 1889 No.45This item, reprinted from American Agriculture by The Chatham Record on Thursday, July 11, 1889, suggests a benign (to humans, anyway) use for tobacco.

Free eBook Friday: Container Gardening for All Seasons

Every Friday, we’ll highlight an eBook from our collection at http://e-inc.lib.overdrive.com.  Let us know what you think of these selections, and tell us about eBooks you’ve enjoyed – we may feature them here!

Container Gardening for All Seasons: Enjoy Year-Round Color with 101 Designs, by Barbara Wise:

More than a collection of inspiring container gardening photographs, Container Gardening for All Seasons provides a shopping list of materials and a helpful planting diagram for each of the more than 100 container options. Designed like a recipe book, the book offers even the most novice gardeners a no-fail, easy-to-follow instruction format for each container. Gardeners can choose the recipes by season that fit the sun and shade conditions of their landscape. Author Barbara Wise includes all you need to know to plan, plant, grow and maintain a container garden. Fabulous colorful fall and winter container choices are also included.  (From the book description)