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Country Skills is the complete, practical guide to living off the land. Author Alison Candlin offers easy-to-follow advice about planning, establishing, and maintaining a small-acre farm, an allotment, or a backyard garden. She also includes essential tips on selecting, housing, and looking after chickens, goats, pigs, bees, and other animals, as well as offers expert advice on collecting and recycling water, composting your leftover scraps, and generating energy for your own home, which will help save you a great deal of money and reduce your carbon footprint. In this portable paperback edition, you'll find step-by-step instructions and over 350 photographs and illustrations to guide readers on planting, growing, harvesting, preserving, and storing vegetables and fruits of all kinds, through all seasons, in all parts of the country. Candlin also discusses building and using greenhouses, rotating crops to replenish soil nutrients, and installing proper drainage around your crops or garden to avoid flooding and destroyed plants. Complete with a directory of common pests and diseases that could plague your garden produce, as well as useful information on how to harvest food from the countryside or nearby wilderness lands, this book is the essential manual on living a self-sufficient, greener, and healthier lifestyle.