There’s a wonderful book called The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-sufficient Living in the Heart of the City that I’ve become a bit of an evangelist for. (“And if by ‘a bit,’ you mean, ‘raving mad,’ then yes…”)
Rather than containing detailed descriptions of how to do things such as building a self-watering raised bed, I feel that the authors of this book say, “Hey! Check this out! This is really cool! It worked for us, and it can work for you too. Now, GO!!”
In this age of Teh Google and the Internets, any information that’s somehow missing or inadequately covered in the book can be quickly remedied with a quick online search. Or better yet, by talking to someone in your area who’s into gardening.
I’ve given away a few copies of The Urban Homestead. and I have gotten nothing but rave reviews from the recipients. Here’s what my friend Lisa said in an email:
Wanted to totally thank you for that book. It’s just perfect. We built a bean teepee, and a 8 x 24 raised garden bed. Lots of compost from Will [Growing Power] – now my yard smells like a barn! Doing our own compost too! So excited and obsessed! So, thanks!