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The Mini Farming Bible : The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre - Brett L. Markham

The Mini Farming Bible

The Complete Guide to Self-Sufficiency on 1/4 Acre

Paperback Published: 4th November 2014
ISBN: 9781629144900
Number Of Pages: 560

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When Brett Markham published a small black and white handbook about how to run a successful mini farm - he never dreamed how popular the book would soon become. In 2010 Skyhorse Publishing Inc. published Brett’s book in full color with over a hundred of the author’s own photographs - and Mini Farming became an instant bestseller spawning four additional Mini Farming books on everything from fermenting to composting. Now for the first time all 5 Mini Farming titles are collected together in one massive volume:

  • Mini Farming
  • Maximizing Your Mini Farm
  • Mini Farming Guide to Composting
  • Mini Farming Guide to Vegetable Gardening
  • Mini Farming Guide to Fermenting
Learn how to make your own compost, save seeds, start a compost pile, ferment your own wine, get the most out of your vegetable garden - and more! And all on just ¼ acre or less. Learn why tens of thousands of readers across North America have chosen Mini Farming for all their self sufficiency needs. This is the must have guide for any farmer - whether they’re beginners or experienced mini farmers looking for new ideas.

About the Author

Brett L. Markham is an engineer, third-generation farmer, and polymath. The author of the bestselling Mini Farming series, he runs a profitable, Certified Naturally Grown mini farm on less than half an acre. Brett works full time as an engineer for a broadband ISP and farms in his spare time. He lives in New Ipswich, New Hampshire.

Introduction - 1

Part I: Basics of Mini Farming - 7
1. Overview of Intensive Agriculture - 9
2. How Mini-Farming Works for You - 17
3. Raised Beds - 27
4. Soil Composition and Maintenance - 41
5. Compost - 55
6. Plant Nutrients In-depth - 65
7. Time and Yield - 71
8. Watering and Irrigation - 77
9. Crop Proportions and Sizing - 83
10. Pest and Disease Control - 89
11. Seed Starting - 103
12. Selecting and Saving Seed - 115
13. Season Extension - 125
14. Fruit Trees and Vines - 131
15. Raising Chickens for Eggs - 145
16. Raising Chickens for Meat - 159
17. The Markham Farm Chicken Plucker - 169
18. Public Domain Thresher Designs - 177
19. Preserving the Harvest - 183
20. Selling Your Produce - 205
21. Putting It All Together - 211

Part II: Getting the Most out of Your Vegetables - 217
22. Soil and Fertility - 219
23. Asparagus - 229
24. BEans - 237
25. Beets and Chard - 243
26. Cabbage, Broccoli and Cauliflower - 249
27. Carrots and Parsnips - 257
28. Corn - 265
29. Cucumbers - 275
30. Greens - 283
31. Herbs - 291
32. Melons - 301
33. Onions - 309
34. Peas - 319
35. Peppers - 327
36. Potatoes - 335
37. Squash - 347
38. Tomatoes - 357
39. Turnips, Rutabagas and Radishes - 367

Part III: Tools and Techniques - 375
40. Planting Guides and Seeders - 377
41. Heated Water Platform - 385
42. Easy Trellising - 389
43. Weed Control Techniques - 393

Part IV: Making Wine - 399
44. Overview of Winemaking - 401
45. The Science of Wine - 413
46. Ingredients and Techniques - 429
47. Advanced Techniques in Winemaking - 445

Part V: Greater Food Self-Sufficiency - 455
48. Principles and Materials for Vinegar - 457
49. Vinegar Making Techniques - 463
50. Making Cheese at Home - 471
51. Ten Further Secrets of Food Self-Sufficiency - 489
52. Permaculture with Perennial Vegetables - 499

Index - 507
Notes - 527

ISBN: 9781629144900
ISBN-10: 1629144908
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 560
Published: 4th November 2014
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 28.58 x 21.59  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 1.09

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