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Reviewed by Renee Guill for Readers' Favorite
Homesteading for Beginners: How to Start Homesteading From Scratch by Jennifer Tyler is a useful guide that explains everything you need to know about starting a homestead. She discusses how to get electricity, raise animals, and start a garden, to name just a few. She uses charts to help explain them. Tyler also explains the why and the how of doing things, such as using solar power. She even talks about the dirty stuff, like using animal manure, while sharing ideas on how to make money from your homestead.
Homesteading for Beginners by Jennifer Tyler was a real eye-opener. I always thought it would be cool to have a homestead, but thanks to her, I realized that urban homesteading is far more suitable for me. I appreciated that she did some of the math, like showing how to calculate how many solar panels you need or how much space you need for animals. I loved that she gets down and dirty, so to speak. If you get squeamish easily, you might want to skip that chapter, but it's a real eye-opener, and you might think twice about homesteading. I liked that Tyler explained what vegetables and fruit can be grown together, and why they need to. There is a great list of ideas on how to make money, including some that you could never have imagined. If you ever considered starting a homestead, you should read this book. You might think twice before starting one.