Homestead Library

  • Homestead Library

    Posted by Hippocrates_Garden on October 17, 2022 at 5:11 am

    The Homestead Library:

    Imagine you were in a situation, where either due to a move or divorce or whatever, you had to limit your library to a couple of shelves.

    What would be on them? Think not only about gardening and How to Build.. books

    This would be incredibly difficult for me, as I’m considering, instead of a shed to house, using a 10×12 shed I need to move, into a shed to library,

    Summerhat-n-Chicks replied 2 months ago 11 Members · 16 Replies
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  • JulieDogmom

    October 17, 2022 at 11:43 am

    It would depend on various circumstances. Are you part of a group/community? Alone or just limited family? I try to think about what would not only be of use to me but anyone that I might be around in an SHTF. Currently it’s only me and the dog, but eventually I would like to be around other like minded community members. In that case I’d be thinking about educational and entertainment type books for kids of various ages and maybe sewing, crafts or creative idea books, medical/veterinary information books etc.

  • JerseyGiantChick

    October 17, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    Bible, gardening (vegetable, herbs, fruits and nuts, wild foraging, micro greens/growing “inside” & aquaponics, cooking, animals like chickens and rabbits and so on.

  • chickenpatti13

    October 17, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    My Ball Blue Book of Canning,Lost Ways books,medical books from nursing school&cook books.Also Merck’s Veterinary manual(you can download&print)&plant/gardening books.

  • Raspberry

    October 17, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Books are sacred, I’ll find something else to leave behind 🤣

  • BentNeedle

    October 17, 2022 at 4:16 pm

    Books on medicinal herbs, basic plumbing and wiring and anything my spawn might find useful to thrive without 20th century comforts. Anything pertinent to the systems/equipment already in place on my property so they might maintain it. I’ve complied a scrapbook style gardening book with as much info I could find from seed catalogs and online specifically about the seeds in my collection. The info on packets these days is pretty sparse any many are just in little plastic bags. I also include info on the roots that I’ve bought and planted in the forest. Who knew that Comfrey tea is also useful as a fertilizer!

    Oh, and don’t forget the value of novels. Fiction has it’s place in any library. I’m especially fond of historical novels.

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    October 17, 2022 at 6:43 pm

    I find sorting out books to be very hard and would have trouble doing so because they’re all sacred (especially in the times to come). All of the subjects of books mentioned before are important, but, if I really would have to sort them out, I would check on what I have double/triple +times and from there would take my favorite/most used. Some of the books we get/have are not as great in the end as we thought in the beginning. Start from there and see what’s left. 😉

  • Summerhat-n-Chicks

    October 17, 2022 at 8:19 pm

    And that’s how it goes, two more books for my shelf. 😃👍

    • Raspberry

      October 17, 2022 at 11:27 pm

      I have both those books and I love them!

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        October 18, 2022 at 1:17 am

        Just got the books today, can’t wait to try some recipes.

    • Emil

      January 23, 2023 at 12:27 am

      Stacey’s fermenting book is on my wishlist!

      One of my 1st gardening books was The Victory garden. Can’t say I have a favorite.i guess I still need to keep looking. I’ve got some old school books pioneer times. Solar , electronics, castiron cooking all for dummies😂some building / construction how to.

      My latest isThe Family garden planner

      By Melissa Norris. & Even more helpful a wall calendar for the year . To keep all the plant dates & hatch dates .

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        January 23, 2023 at 3:29 pm

        Oooh, you just reminded me, I saw the video where Melissa actually mentioned the calendar to print out and I never got around doing it. Guess it’s time to do so. 😬

        Love her videos.

      • Emil

        January 23, 2023 at 9:48 pm

        I didn’t know she had a channel. I’ll look for it!

        Thank you

      • Summerhat-n-Chicks

        January 23, 2023 at 10:23 pm


  • Jen-in-Ok

    October 18, 2022 at 4:08 am

    oohhhh…. I’ve always managed to take my books through both those…thank goodness for a truck!

    at this point in my life, only a true disaster would make me pick, and then, I don’t think books is what I’d be digging out and packing…

    ‘seed to seed’ is a great resource for planting almost everything, and I fail to rember details and need to look…

    anything Ruth Stout, and Elizabeth Zimmerman makes me happy to read…

    i got too many medical and veterinary books to carry…

    likewise, too many homeschooling books to even think of carrying….

    my hand scribbled notes and plans would definitely go – sometimes they are gatherd up together enough to be ‘book-ish’….

    I would think any book that you reach for now and then, and one that always puts a smile on your face would definitely make the cut to be brought. and i guess i would work my way out from there with: is it useful info? fun/happy read? do I already know this info, and don’t reference it anymore? do I hate this book?

    I don’t know…. that would be hard to narrow them down. 😢

  • Fl-Plant-Lady

    January 22, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    Full disclosure, I’m a book junkie and have schlepped my books all over the country and continue to collect – I’m paranoid enough to have hard copies of history, reference and some favorites- that said, I also have several gigs of books on my e reader. Much easier to store and contain (until SHTF) also am on first name basis with the local librarians.😉

  • potpourri_of_life

    January 23, 2023 at 12:22 am

    My Bibles, Foxfire books, Bushcraft books, all canning/preserving books, books to journal in, gardening books, my note book of things I have learned with lots of notes, herbal books, essential oil books, …basically anything resourceful for homesteading, surviving and thriving.