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The Essential Guide to Hobby Farming
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 304

The Essential Guide to Hobby Farming

Six containers of heirloom tomatoes, miniature squashes, and herbs on your back patio or six acres of beets, cabbages, and strawberries? Five chickens and a honey bee hive or a small farm with three dozen sheep and a couple of quarter horses? Regardless of the size of your “field of dreams,” Essential Guide to Hobby Farming is your best first step to making that hobby-farm aspiration a pleasurable and profitable reality. A hobby farmer for the past thirty years, Carol Ekarius shares the joys, challenges, and rewards of living the rural life. Hobby farming is as much a state of mind as it is an address in the country, and this instructive, beautifully photographed manual addresses every t...

The Suburban Chicken
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 224

The Suburban Chicken

With more and more city dwellers and suburbanites embracing the notion of getting back to basics and living simpler, more rustic lives, it’s no surprise that the popularity of backyard chicken keeping has skyrocketed in recent years. Whether for enjoyment as pets or for the convenience of farm-fresh eggs right outside your door, chicken keeping can be an easy and fun step on the road to more sustainable, ecologically friendly living. Written by self-taught homesteader Kristina Urquhart, The Suburban Chicken shares the author’s knowledge on general chicken husbandry, profiles of 20 suitable breeds for suburban living, how to provide your birds with optimal accommodations, and the healthca...

Hobby Farm Animals
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Hobby Farm Animals

Eggs, meat, milk, wool, fur, feathers, and some priceless bucolic bliss. No hobby farm is complete without critters…possibly a small herd peppering the field or a microflock flapping around the hen house or pond. A single information-packed volume with everything a hobby farmer needs to know about farm animals, this new comprehensive manual to selecting, caring for, and breeding livestock brings forth the expertise of six hobby farmers, each of whom has real-life on-the-farm experience with the animals she discusses. Whether you’re contemplating adding a small herd of sheep or goats to your existing hobby farm or you’ve always wondered about the benefits of raising angora rabbits or Mu...

Organic Hobby Farming
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 384

Organic Hobby Farming

In Organic Hobby Farming, Andy Tomolonis, a longtime organic gardener, part-time hobby farmer, and award-winning Boston-area journalist, strips down the concept of “organic” and explains why natural farming has emerged as the healthiest and most viable method of growing for hobby farms and other small-scale operations. In addition to the improved taste and the appeal of excluding toxic materials, organic farming benefits farmers, their families, and the environment. It offers economic plusses as well. The current consumer demand for “local” and “organic” food underscores the need for small hobby farms that offer unique high-end goods. Tomolonis explains the basic principles of or...

Street Rider's Guide
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Street Rider's Guide

A completely revised and updated edition of David Hough’s successful book Street Strategies, the all-new Street Rider’s Guide spells out safety tactics for motorcycle riders looking to get the most out of their favorite hobby…for as long as possible. Covering topics from A to Z, Street Rider’s Guide is the new go-to handbook for motorcyclists who want quick solutions to nearly 100 commonly encountered obstacles and road challenges, what safety experts like Hough call increasing a rider’s “situational awareness.” As Hough writes in the introduction, “…the most important way to avoiding crashes is to figure out what’s happening.” While many books exist on the market for r...

Take 2
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

Take 2

The old rules don't always apply to adopted dogs, whose training and past behaviors may be a complete mystery. In Joel Silverman's Training Rescued Dogs, the author acknowledges the special needs of these dogs and covers the training methods that really work for rescue dogs that hail from animal shelters, breed rescue programs, and humane societies. Joel’s training method includes information on: • Where to adopt • Guidelines for adoption success • Housebreaking and Problem Solving • What to expect when you bring your new pup home (and long after) • Ways to modify undesirable behaviors • And much more!

Project Mustang
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 192

Project Mustang

Project Mustang is a complete guide to restoring America’s favorite muscle car, written by auto-restoration guru Larry Lyles, a regular contributor to Auto Restorer magazine. In this detailed 23-chapter volume, Lyles walks the car owner from the in-depth inspection of the vehicle and the beginning of the teardown to re-covering the seats and replacing the frame rail…and every step in between. The car restored for the project in the book is a 1968 California Special Mustang. The chapter titles themselves speak for what a straightforward DIY manual Lyles has written, as he details the step-by-step procedure of bringing a very cool rod back to life. Beginning the teardown, exterior and inte...

Project Charger
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 178

Project Charger

Join the restoration craze with the first automotive book from BowTie Press. This is a comprehensive, nuts and bolts approach to automotive restoration that will demonstrate the best way to bring a car back to its original brilliance. Restoration expert Larry Lyles makes the process come alive with over 200 color images and step-by-step details. While the vehicle being restored is a 1970 Dodge Charger, the techniques and ideas presented here can be employed to restore any vehicle. Originally conceived and written as a twenty-four article series for Auto Restorer magazine (the premier publication for die-hard restoration enthusiasts), this compilation delves into a complete, ground up restoration of a classic muscle car. It offers as much real-world information on how to accomplish such a restoration.

What's Wrong With My Snake
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 160

What's Wrong With My Snake

What's Wong with My Snake? is one reptile care book from the highly acclaimed Advanced Vivarium Systems series. The AVS series, founded and guided by herpetocultural pioneer Philippe de Vosjoli, is the #1 series on reptile care. From choosing a pet to selecting a veterinarian to feeding, housing, breeding, and more, these books deliver the most helpful and up-to-date information available on popular reptiles and amphibians kept as pets.

Simple Solutions
  • Language: en
  • Pages: 64

Simple Solutions

A Simple Solution book for every dog owner who wants to have a well-behaved companion, Obedience by Kim Campbell Thornton is essentially a sweet and quick brush-up course on doggy manners. Exhibiting social graces in public places and good behavior around the home, your dog will be a welcome, much-loved companion thanks to Obedience. Topics covered include sitting pretty, jumping up, staying off furniture, come when called, and accepting attention from strangers. This little book is all about bonding with your dog and communicating. It concludes with “The Eleven Commandments of Good Dog Ownership,” which outline what owners need to do to ensure their good canine citizens will remain so.