Best Anna Hess books

The Weekend Homesteader: A Twelve-Month Guide to Self-Sufficiency

Anna Hess

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The Weekend Homesteader is organized by month—so whether it’s January or June you’ll find exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.   

You'll learn about backyard chicken care, how to choose the best mushroom and berry species, and why and how to plant a no-till garden that heals the soil while providing nutritious food.  Permaculture techniques will turn your homestead into a vibrant ecosystem and attract native pollinators while converting our society's waste into high-quality compost and mulch. Meanwhile, enjoy the fruits of your labor right away as you learn the basics of cooking and eating seasonally, then preserve homegrown produce for later by drying, canning, freezing, or simply filling your kitchen cabinets with storage vegetables. As you become more self-sufficient, you'll save seeds, prepare for power outages, and tear yourself away from a full-time job, while building a supportive and like-minded community. You won't be completely eliminating your reliance on the grocery store, but you will be plucking low-hanging (and delicious!) fruits out of your own garden by the time all forty-eight projects are complete.

Homegrown Humus: Cover Crops in a No-Till Garden (Permaculture Gardener) (Volume 1)

Anna Hess

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Homegrown humus is easy with cover crops!

Cover crops are a simple, cheap way to boost your soil's organic matter, to fight weeds, to prevent erosion, to attract pollinators, and to keep the ecosystem in balance. Unfortunately, most information on growing cover crops is written for people who plow their soil every year and are willing to spray herbicides. You can get all of the same benefits in a no-till garden, though, if you're clever.

Homegrown Humus details five no-till winners in depth --- buckwheat, sweet potatoes, oilseed radishes, rye, and oats. Profiles of other species suggest gardening conditions when you might want to try out sunflowers, annual ryegrass, barley, Austrian winter peas, crimson clover, cowpeas, or sunn hemp as well.

Meanwhile, the book delves into finding cover-crop seeds, planting cover crops in a no-till garden, and easily killing cover crops without tilling or herbicide use. Understanding the C:N ratio of cover crops helps determine how long to wait between killing cover crops and planting vegetables, as well as how to maximize the amount of humus you're adding to your soil.

Cover crops are an advanced gardening technique bound to increase your vegetable yields, but are simple enough for beginners. Give your garden a treat --- grow some buckwheat!

The Naturally Bug-Free Garden: Controlling Pest Insects without Chemicals

Anna Hess

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Are you sick and tired of pesky insects in your garden? Do you want to stay away from pesticides and harmful poisons that could be hazardous to your health and your garden? If you answered yes to both of those questions, The Naturally Bug-Free Garden has all the answers to your troubles.

This book will show you how to bring your garden ecosystem into balance so that beneficial insects and larger animals do the work of pest control for you.
Anna Hess has had seven years of experience growing all of her family's vegetables. Here, she sums up all of her knowledge and expertise, teaching you many hands-on pest-control techniques, such as succession planting, choosing resistant plant varieties, and shielding plants with row covers. Paying attention to the nutritional needs of your vegetables can also deter pests, and the remaining insects are simple to handpick.

With Anna's expertise, you too can grow beautiful, healthy, organic vegetables for you and your family...with no chemicals.

The Ultimate Guide to Soil: The Real Dirt on Cultivating Crops, Compost, and a Healthier Home

Anna Hess

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Grow twice the fruits and vegetables in half the space on the farm, in the backyard, or in your window!

Have you noticed the extraordinary flavors and yields emanating from even a small garden when the soil is just right? If you’ve ever been envious of your neighbor’s dirt or just curious about homesteading, then The Ultimate Guide to Soil is perfect for you.

The book begins with a personality test for your soil, then uses that information to plan a course of action for revitalizing poor soil and turning good dirt into great earth. Next, you’ll learn to start and maintain a no-till garden, to balance nutrients with remineralization, and to boost organic matter with easy cover crops.

Don’t forget the encyclopedic overview of organic soil amendments at the end. Old standbys like manures and mulches are explained in depth along with less common additions such as bokashi compost and castings from worms and black soldier fly larvae. Learn when hugelkultur, biochar, paper, and cardboard do and don’t match your garden needs, then read about when and how to safely use urine and humanure around edible plantings.

With an emphasis on simple techniques suitable for the backyard gardener, The Ultimate Guide to Soil gives you the real dirt on good soil. Maybe next year your neighbor will be envious of you!

Weekend Homesteader: April

Anna Hess

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Twelve months to self-sufficiency!

This fully updated second edition of the popular Weekend Homesteader series includes exciting, short projects that you can use to dip your toes into the vast ocean of homesteading without getting overwhelmed. If you need to fit homesteading into a few hours each weekend and would like to have fun while doing it, these projects will be right up your alley, whether you live on a forty-acre farm, a postage-stamp lawn in suburbia, or a high rise.

The April volume includes the following projects:

* Find room to homestead
* Survey your site
* Plan your summer garden
* Start a no-till garden with a kill mulch

The second edition has been revised and expanded to match the paperback, with extra photos and feedback from weekend homesteaders just like you, plus permaculture-related avenues for the more advanced homesteader to explore.

The Working Chicken: Learn everything you need to know to become a backyard egg and meat producer in 30 minutes or less!

Anna Hess

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A short, sweet, and self-sufficient guide to keeping chickens as part of a rural or urban homestead.

Learn everything you need to know to get started on your poultry adventure with these quick answers to your frequently asked questions. The Working Chicken begins by helping you choose the perfect flock for your family, then explains how to feed and house your new pets. Finally, the book's permaculture twist ensures that your chickens will not only be happy and healthy, they'll also keep your family healthy too.

Now with a bonus picture book to inspire the next-generation of chicken lovers!

Farmstead Feast: Winter: Delicious, in-season recipes by the author of The Weekend Homesteader (Volume 1)

Anna Hess

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Delicious in-season recipes by the author of The Weekend Homesteader! Did you ever join a CSA and then drown in bushels of kale and sweet potatoes? Or perhaps you're a homesteader who finally plucked up your courage and learned to pluck a chicken...then couldn't figure out how to serve meat that is more flavorful, but also tougher, than grocery-store offerings. Perhaps you'd like to eat seasonally in order to cut back on your carbon footprint or to save some cash. Or maybe you were drawn to homegrown produce after converting over to a paleo diet and learning that cabbages and butternut squash from your garden were easy to substitute into recipes that called for pasta. No matter where your personal food journey has taken you, Farmstead Feast will introduce you to the ever-changing delicacies of a menu that reflects the uniqueness of each season of the year. In this winter edition, you'll savor the rich, hearty taste of a venison stew and the sprightly flavor of a raw kale salad, will learn to create your own chicken stock and to turn tough meat into delicious sausage, and will tempt your palate with low- or no-sugar desserts. And, in the end, when your family doesn't that realize that there's anything special about these recipes other than their splendid flavor...then you've really won the food battle and served a farmstead feast!

Small-Scale No-Till Gardening Basics: The Real Dirt on Cultivating Crops, Compost, and a Healthier Home (The Ultimate Guide to Soil Book 2)

Anna Hess

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Grow twice the fruits and vegetables in half the space on the farm, in the backyard, or even in your window!

Have you noticed the extraordinary flavors and yields emanating from even a small garden when the soil is just right? If you've ever been envious of your neighbor's dirt or just curious about homesteading, then The Ultimate Guide to Soil is the perfect fit for you.

This second volume in the series walks new and experienced gardeners through turning a good garden into a great garden using no-till techniques. Learn to create a vegetable plot from scratch without heavy machinery. Deal with common soil problems like waterlogging, excessive drainage, compaction, and urban subsoil. Then take your skill set to the next level with labor-saving techniques like solarization and spot kill mulches. Finally, the last chapter in this ebook expands your reach beyond the traditional garden and into containers and aquaponics.

With an emphasis on simple techniques suitable for the backyard gardener, The Ultimate Guide to Soil gives you the real dirt on good soil. Maybe next year your neighbor will be envious of you!

Farmstead Feast: Spring: Delicious, in-season recipes by the author of The Weekend Homesteader (Volume 2)

Anna Hess

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Delicious in-season recipes by the author of The Weekend Homesteader! Did you ever join a CSA and then drown in bushels of kale and sweet potatoes? Or perhaps you're a homesteader who finally plucked up your courage and learned to pluck a chicken...then couldn't figure out how to serve meat that is more flavorful, but also tougher, than grocery-store offerings. Perhaps you'd like to eat seasonally in order to cut back on your carbon footprint or to save some cash. Or maybe you were drawn to homegrown produce after converting over to a paleo diet and learning that cabbages and butternut squash from your garden are easy to substitute into recipes that called for pasta. No matter where your personal food journey has taken you, Farmstead Feast will introduce you to the ever-changing delicacies of a menu that reflects the uniqueness of each season of the year. In this spring edition, you'll learn to wildcraft dandelions and wild garlic, will explore four unique and delicious recipes to use up spring's bountiful eggs, and will follow maple and birch syrup from the tree to the table. Then, in the end, when your family doesn't realize that there's anything special about these recipes beyond their splendid flavor...that's when you've really won the food battle and served a farmstead feast!

Trailersteading: How to Find, Buy, Retrofit, and Live Large in a Mobile Home

Anna Hess

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All the advantages of a tiny house at a fraction of the cost! 

Imagine what you could do with your time if you didn't have to spend $16,000 a year on rent or a mortgage. Old single-wide mobile homes can often be found for free (and installed for a couple of thousand dollars) in rural areas, so trailersteading is akin to dumpster-diving. A trailer allows you to live without debt, to keep your ecological footprint to a minimum with energy bills at or below the national average, and even to blend right in alongside traditional-house dwellers after a few years.

Trailersteading profiles thirteen mobile-home dwellers who have used trailers as a stepping stone toward achieving their dreams. Some have spent the cash saved to expedite renovations involving extra insulation, pitched roofs, classy interiors, and even basements, while the found money has allowed others to go off the grid. Many also took advantage of a low-cost housing option to pursue their passions, becoming full-time homemakers or homesteaders.

In addition to the case studies, this book presents easy methods of minimizing the negative sides of trailer life and accentuating the positive. For example, did you know a single-wide is easy to retrofit for passive solar heating? That a simple plant-covered trellis can break up the blockiness of the trailer's external appearance? Learn which parts of installing and upgrading your trailer are easy for a DIYer and which parts should be left to the experts, along with how to cheaply heat and cool a mobile home.