Want to save on your fuel bills, ready to grow your own, reduce your carbon footprint, and take the self-sufficient plunge?
Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life
– without having to transform your lifestyle. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, the Strawbridges provide all the step-by-step advice you need for successful eco projects, large and small. Learn to grow your own fruit & veg, make a wormery, build a chicken ark, install solar panels and more. Each undertaking is realistic, achievable and sustainable. You won’t need to go the whole hog – just pick and mix to suit your needs, for long-lasting dividends.
Inspirational, 18 Sep 2010, By D. Howard (London United Kingdom)
Often oversize books appear on the bookshelves and never really get read, just browsed with most interest in the pictures. Not this one, I bought this book and read it from cover to cover, literally, on the day I bought it – non stop. It is both practical and inspirational and certainly made me want to trade in my current life for a life attempting self-sufficiency. Obviously there are a lot of topics covered, and often if you wanted to take it further you would have to do more research, but what this book gives you is the ideas to persue and the inspiration required, simply by the enthusiasm with which it is written. It is packed full of projects, small and large, that anyone could undertake – I loved the idea for the greenhouse heat sink, the solar dryer and the cold smoker – and one of the really great parts are the hand drawn plans for the various size gardens and workshop and what you could fit in there.
It inspired me so much that I have been looking at properties with more outside space and changing my future plans.
Can’t recommend it highly enough.
About the Author
Dick Strawbridge and his son James journey to an ecological, self-sufficient lifestyle was documented in the BBC series It’s Not Easy Being Green, now in its third season. Dick has also appeared on Planet Earth Challenge, Coast, Planet Mechanics, Scrapheap Challenge and Celebrity MasterChef. James is a regular contributor to magazine and newspaper discussions on green issues.