Some days it is much harder to do work outside than others, today with the rain not much is getting accomplished outside so it’s book recommendation day.
The first book is Plant Propagation Editor-In-Chief Alan Toogood. This book has some excellent instructions on how to propagate various plants. It can be much faster to propagate than to grow from seeds and much of the time the plants we want to grow outside of the normal vegetable garden we can propagate, that is perennials including trees. Many perennials get pruned anyway, those cuttings could be used to make new plants for either resale or just to increase your own stock.
The second book is The River Cottage Meat Book by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. One of the problems I have with the intent of growing as a homestead is meat preservation and use. We in the United States are so afraid of being sued that many chemicals are used to preserve meat and there are chemicals that affect the way we prepare meat. The idea of these chemicals bother me for both health and expense reasons. Back in the pioneer days they didn’t have all of those chemicals, additionally people lived for thousands of years before without many of the chemicals we are told to use! So why do we need them now?
This book goes back to the years where there were small town butchers and it has good ideas and instructions for someone wanting to do their own butchering, another highly recommended book for those that what to butcher their own animals.