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Good Soil: Manure, Compost and Nourishment for your Garden by Tina Råman

Good Soil: Manure, Compost and Nourishment for your Garden by Tina Råman

I guess this is what you might call a quirky book. It’s certainly not a mainstream gardening book but it’s a very nice book indeed for anyone who wants to grow, well, anything really.

Living on one acre or less by Sally Morgan

Living on one acre or less by Sally Morgan

Sally Morgan's Living on one acre or less is certainly a book I’ll be hanging on to – for tips and inspiration and I suspect it might end up as dog eared as my copy of Seymour, which is pretty high praise.

Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

Pollinator Friendly Gardening by Rhonda Fleming Hayes

As fairly novice beekeepers, I’m always keen to learn more about how we can help our buzzy friends and other pollinators, so I was really looking forward to reviewing this book.

Pigs: A Guide to Management

Pigs: A Guide to Management

Pigs: A Guide to Management by Neville Beynon has a wealth of information that will prove useful to all pig keepers and breeders. 

The Illustrated Guide to Cows by Celia Lewis

The Illustrated Guide to Cows by Celia Lewis

I love these books – I have huge admiration for anyone who can put pen, pencil or paint to paper and produce anything as lovely as the illustrations therein. Some sixty two breeds are profiled, each with beautiful paintings by the author.

The Forager’s Kitchen by Fiona Bird

The Forager’s Kitchen by Fiona Bird

If you love the countryside, foraging and cooking, then you’ll enjoy this book very much. If you simply love beautiful cookery books, you too will enjoy it.

Once Upon a Flock – Life with my soulful chickens

Once Upon a Flock – Life with my soulful chickens

This a lovely, heart-warming book with lots to like about it. As the title implies, it’s the story of Lauren, her family, including Marky, the terrier, and her small flock of hens but it’s well written, funny (even laugh out loud funny in places), professionally produced and beautifully illustrated with the author’s own drawings and photographs.

Smallholder Series: Establishing Your Flock DVD

Smallholder Series: Establishing Your Flock DVD

For a genuine beginner to keeping sheep, this first Smallholder Series DVD has much to offer and certainly complements other information sources such as books and courses.

I’m looking forward to watching and reviewing the other three DVDs in the series!

An Acre a Day DVD

An Acre a Day DVD

An Acre a Day is the a rural history DVD produced by Bridget Fraser. It records stories and anecdotes of 13 Herefordshire country people.

They tell tales from before the War, before mechanisation when life was so very different. The title, An Acre a Day, recalls that one man with one horse would plough one acre in one day.

Fruit and Vegetables for Scotland - What to Grow and How to Grow it

Fruit and Vegetables for Scotland - What to Grow and How to Grow it

While no book can hope to be a complete reference text for all things in just under 300 pages, this book makes a good stab at it and is pitched at a level above basic horticultural knowledge and experience.

It features knowledge built up over a lifetime of growing in Scotland and allows you to go straight to the tried and tested successful varieties and techniques that will work.

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