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{Book Review} The Backyard Homestead by Carleen Madigan

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The Backyard Homestead, edited by Carleen Madigan

I got this book because I wanted a nice, well-rounded introduction to producing food, livestock, and other edibles on my property, regardless of the size of my property, and I wanted it to appeal to someone who really didn’t know much about the topic.

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Weekly Photo Wunderbar!

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I completely forgot about my Saturday photo, but to be fair, The Roaming Naturalist was actually socializing last night. And that doesn’t happen very often. :)

This little friend was hanging out in my garden, hunting for delicious insects. Mantids are excellent bug-hunters and don’t eat your plants, so you want them in your garden! They have beautiful startle displays like this one, and the females (at least as recorded in captivity) will routinely rip off their male partners heads and eat them after copulation. Hardcore insect love, man.

Harvesting Your Own

When was the last time you harvested something yourself?

Tomatoes from the backyard? Blueberries from a farm? Wood for your woodstove? Wild currants from the bush?

What’s that, you say? You’ve never harvested anything?

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