Grow your own vegetables and herbs, indoors in containers or outside in a garden. Raise chickens or goats. Build a beehive. Make your own nontoxic cleaning sprays. And more!

Gehring’s books on country living have sold more than 500,000 copies. In this book, she offers a guide to country living skills that is as charming as it is practical. Full of sweet illustrations and gorgeous photographs, step-by-step instructions for essential skills such as building a chicken coop are interspersed with country lore and old-fashioned tips and tricks.

Readers will learn how to:
  • Container garden
  • Raise chickens
  • Make candles
  • Churn butter
  • Grow vegetables
  • Make jams and jellies
  • Dry herbs
  • Ferment vegetables
  • Make cheese
  • And more!

The Essential Guide to Self-Sufficient Living combines the know-how of Back to Basics with the charm of The Farmer’s Almanac. This is the perfect gift for anyone interested in a more self-sufficient, greener, country lifestyle.