We would like to share with you all the projects we made here in our small paradise in minute detail so that you can start implementing them on your land or in your house and profit for the rest of your life.
We’ll also cover subjects in depth such as water, food preservation, off grid power, medicinal garden, you name it. We want to put in your hands helpful how-to illustrations … easy to follow, step-by-step advice … brilliant tips and ingenious time-savers. From all the projects you’ll find in The Self-Sufficient Backyard I’m pretty sure you’ll find some that are suitable for your property.
First thing you’ll find out is that all you need to be self sufficient in terms of food are just 1,020 square feet of land per person, if you follow the methods we developed. That’s less than 10% of our entire ¼ acre parcel you can see in our sketch.
We developed this plan on quarter of an acre for a family of 4 to be totally self-sufficient, and have goods to sell and sustain a healthy profit year round. But we created it in such a way that it is easy to downsize if you have less land or fewer family members.
I’ll also show you how to make the simplest water collection system and how you can easily implement it on your own homestead.
We don’t pay for irrigation water, as we collect and store every gallon we need in these inexpensive tanks.
You will also discover the 7 plants you really need to have in a medicinal garden and not only how to care for them, but how to turn them into tinctures and other remedies. For the last 40 years we’ve been using these herbs, so how would you feel instead of paying for natural remedies or supplements to just pick them up from your backyard?
You will also discover in minute detail how to set up one of the most reliable cost-effective hybrid electricity system for your house. We’ll show you what batteries to get for storage, what type of controller, cables, inverter… everything you need and how to set them up for maximum efficiency.
You will also find out how to make an automated 24-hour bio insect control system. Instead of using pesticides, you can grow all your produce organically by making a small swallow or bluebird house and a bat shelter.
They’ll take turns getting rid of the pests for you.
A bat can eat an astonishing 4,000 insects a night and a bluebird around 1000 bugs a day including cabbage worms, whiteflies, aphids, earwigs, grasshoppers, cucumber, various beetles and grubs!
We will show you how we made different root cellars and how you can easily add whichever you want to your homestead.
In the Self-Sufficient Backyard, we cover homestead water supply in depth because the life blood of any homestead is a reliable water source.
We’ll also show you a simple and ingenious solution that you can apply in your house to have pressurized hot water.
You’ll also discover how to set up beehives that will produce both delicious honey and help pollinate your trees and plants. A modification to the traditional hive is to make easy and handy beehives in jars.
You’ll also find out how to make a year-round self-sustaining greenhouse no matter where you live in America.
You can place it on the south side of your house. We’ll also show you how to both collect and retain heat through the night, what materials to use, how to insulate it, the best angles for your area, how to get maximum glazing, how to ventilate it… and anything else you can think of.
You will find an entire chapter called “easy on the back gardening”.
Each one of our gardening projects you’ll find inside The Self-Sufficient Backyard is especially conceived for people with back problems.
You will also find out how to power up a backyard perpetual compost garden using only the daily kitchen scraps you throw away.
You will find out everything you need to know about raising chickens, from egg to your dinner table. Chickens “done right” really are the most cost-effective protein source for any homesteader. We’ll show you simple tricks we discovered to make your each hen lay more than 300 eggs per year.
You will also discover how to set up a successful orchard that needs almost no maintenance and under the shade of which you can expect to sit sooner than you think.
You will also learn all the techniques and methods we discovered in the last 40 years about harvesting the best seeds and about the most efficient way to preserve them for the next year. You’ll also discover simple tricks like why fermenting the seeds could be a really good idea.
We will also show you everything we do to preserve our food: from eggs to vegetables, roots, fruits, meats… everything we produce, we preserve.
With this knowledge, you can transform from an honest homeowner into an independent, self-sufficient person that has an extra income and doesn’t owe anybody a thing.
In it you’ll discover how to set up an aquaponic system that you can fit in your backyard, in your basement or in your Greenhouse.
The awesome thing about an aquaponic garden is that every part of the system produces food for another.
The water you use for plants absorbs nutrients from the soil and feeds the fish. The fish droppings then feed good bacteria, which turn ammonia into nitrates that the plants need to grow.
This could be the ticket to your retirement paradise, a new adventure, a more frugal lifestyle, to ditch the 9 to 5 rat race, the healthy and peaceful life you always dreamed of, or your very independence.
You don’t need to dedicate too much of your time either. This will NOT be your new job. In fact, this will be a perfect break from your job and the daily stress that builds up. It’s extremely satisfying and calming to pursue self-reliance.
However, you should not make an all or nothing clean break from your conventional life.
I, Ron, was a city folk, born and raised in Philadelphia. I hope I don’t burst your bubble but I am nothing special, I have no great powers, super strength, superior intellect or amazing qualities.
In all that time an electric wire has never been connected to our house. We haven’t gotten or paid an electricity bill in over 40 years, but we have all the electricity we want. We grow everything we need, here, in our small backyard. We also have a small medicinal garden which has helped us get through some tough times. Just like our grandparents, we preserve everything we produce so we have all we need year-round.
But the most important thing is the feeling of not having to rely on anyone else for anything. It’s the feeling of being independent. Independent from the government's help or charity, grocery chains, utility and energy companies, corporations and the Grid.