Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance

Book Review: Storey's Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance
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I am partial to Storey’s books, they are great all around reference books.  While it is not as complete as a book dedicated to a single topic, Basic Country Skills gives basic information on a variety of topics.  Which is great if either your knowledge is limited, and you need to know basics, or you space is limited.  Either way, this is a great book to have in your prepper library.

Inside Storey’s Basic Country Skills: A Practical Guide to Self-Reliance you will find illustrated instructions on topics such as:

  • Finding country land
  • Buying, building, and renovating a home
  • Developing water sources and systems
  • Understanding wiring, plumbing, and heating
  • Using alternative heating and energy sources
  • Vegetable, flower, and herb gardening
  • Traditional cooking skills such as baking bread and making maple syrup
  • Preparing and preserving meat, fruits, and vegetables
  • Building and maintaining barns, sheds, and outbuildings
  • Caring for common farm and ranch animals, and pets

As I said, I really like the Storey books, and I have several of them.  This one and the guide to rabbits are two that I use most often though.  I would recommend any prepper or homesteader look at Storey publishing as their titles are perfect for you.

Practical Home Defense Plan

Let me preference this by stating each state and local jurisdiction have different laws concerning self-defense.  Any article cannot give you a complete strategy.  You must research the laws of your particular jurisdiction before you create your practical home defense plan. I live in Tennessee, and my state’s laws allow the assumption that if someone … Read more

Practical Pole Building Construction

Book Review: Practical Pole Building Construction
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In Practical Pole Building Construction the author has given the extra dimension of original plans for a lean-to barn, horse barn, hillside house, garage/wood shed, mountain pole cabin, and a coastal house.

Pole building construction saves money, time, labor, and materials because it involves limited grading, no excavation, flexibility on site, and few materials.

I originally bought this book because I needed a cheap barn and most people around my area build pole barns, but upon reading it I saw how flexible the building method is.

Combined with reciprocal roofs, pole building has the potential for very inexpensive buildings around my land.