Self sufficiency library

 

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Agriculture & gardening

SOIL

Building soils for better crops, 3rd edition. Comprehensive guide to sustainable soil management. (SARE)

CROP ROTATION

Crop rotation on organic farms: a planning manual. Provides an in-depth review of crop rotation, including how it improves soil quality and health and helps manage pests, diseases and weeds.(NRAES)

FEEDING PLANTS

Making liquid feeds. Step-by-step guide to making plant feeds from nettles and comfrey. (Garden Organic)

GREEN MANURES & COVER CROPS

Green manures. Introduction to green manures. (HDRA)

Cover crops for vegetable growers. Use and management of cover crops in vegetable growing. (Kansas State University)

Managing cover crops profitably, 3rd edition. Explores how and why cover crops work and provides information on how to manage cover crops. (Sustainable Agriculture Network)

INSECT MANAGEMENT

Manage insects on your farm. Covers ecological strategies to improve natural defences and encourage beneficial insects. (Sustainable Agriculture Network)

GROWING IN SPECIAL SITUATIONS

Guide to setting up your own edible rooftop garden. Comprehensive guide to converting city rooftops into productive gardens. (Alternatives and the Rooftop Garden Project)

Container vegetable gardening. Start-up guide to healthy harvests in small spaces. (Maryland Cooperative Extension)


Land management

How to create a wildlife pond. (Mersey Forest)

Pond management. (Mersey Forest)

Creating wildlife hibernation & nesting sites. (Mersey Forest)

How to plant and care for trees. (Mersey Forest)

How to plant and maintain hedgerows. (Mersey Forest)