From as little as ¼ acre, YOU CAN harvest:

2,000 pounds of vegetables
1,400 eggs
60 pounds of fruit
100 pounds of honey

Get the most out of your little corner of the world.

If you have ¼ acre of land (or even less!), you can produce more nutritious, delicious, organic food than you’d ever believe — more easily than you’d ever believe! Vegetables, fruits, honey, grains, eggs, pork, milk: Enjoy them all year-round!

In THE BACKYARD HOMESTEAD we help you every step of the way, with tried-and-true secrets to help you do more — much more! — with less. Think of the money you’ll save! (You could even turn a nice profit on your extra eggs and honey!)

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  • Be fruitful: Harvest 60 pounds of fruit a year practically free! (Have you seen the price of organic fruit lately?!?)
  • Luscious landscaping: Yes! Even your ornamental plantings can be delicious!
  • Grow your own medicine … and beer! Master gardener’s tips on growing and using herbs — including hops!
  • Chickens in your backyard: Selecting breeds, coop building plans, care, and feeding. Also rabbits, goats — and how about raising your own Thanksgiving turkey?
  • Self-sufficiency 101: Learn how to make cider, cheese, maple syrup, wine, honey, jam, jerky, butter, and on and on and on!
  • And much, much more! You have got to see it for yourself!

MORE backyard bounty than you would believe!

Tip #1

How to grow
staked tomatoes

  • Always place your stake before you transplant your seedlings.
  • Tie the vines LOOSELY as they grow.
  • Pinch back suckers to encourage strong growth of the main stem.
  • Pinch back the growing tip when it reaches the size you want.


More tomato tips. How to space plants: For huge yields or for huge fruit? PAGE 44. Also how to plant leggy seedlings … when to mulch … how to tell if your plant is hungry … much more.

Tip #2

How to use
indicator plants

When to plant? You could try to decipher a complicated planting guide and hope the dates are accurate for your area. A better way is to use “plant phenology” or indicator plants to tell you when the time is right!

  • Plant spinach when the daffodils bloom.
  • Plant peas when the maple trees flower.
  • Sow pole beans when the apple trees drop their petals. Lots more!


How to TRIPLE your yieldwith this one simple change. Page 24. Also how to extend the season ... seed-starting guide ... and best time to weed ... and more.

Tip #3

How to make
raspberry vinegar

The most popular of all flavored vinegars, this makes a great gift.

2 to 2½ cups fresh red raspberries, lightly mashed
2 cups red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons sugar or honey

1) Combine all ingredients in the top of a nonreactive double boiler. Place over boiling water, reduce the heat, and cook over barely simmering water, uncovered, for 10 minutes.

2) Pour into a large screw-top jar. Store for 3 weeks, then strain to separate the vinegar from the berries, pressing gently on the berries to extract the juice. If your vinegar is cloudy, pour it through a coffee filter. Pour into bottles, adding a few fresh berries.

Yield: About 2 cups

Grow... Harvest... Serve... Preserve... ENJOY!

Unlock Your Backyard’s Potential

It’s easy with The Backyard Homestead!

  • No yard? No problem! 13 container- loving plants. Page 28
  • Layers upon layers: Which breeds of hen are the best egg producers. Page 225
  • Why your fruit tree needs a mate. (And what to do if it’s a bachelor.) Page 109
  • Complete herb-growing guide from basil to watercress. Page 157
  • Grow a cold and flu garden. Page 152
  • Enjoy homemade mozzarella — in 30 minutes! Page 308
  • Water this way, and you’ll actually get sweeter strawberries! Page 45
  • Plant a “pancake patch.” Page 179 (And make your own maple syrup! Page 336)
  • Which varieties of lettuce can survive subzero temperatures. Think “nature’s antifreeze.” Page 50
  • How to milk a goat. (And which breed gives the sweetest milk.) Page 263
  • Pruning dos and don’ts. Page 111

Unbelievable but true!

From your ¼ acre backyard, you CAN harvest:

2,000 pounds of vegetables

1,400 eggs

60 pounds of fruit

100 pounds of honey

75 pounds of nuts

50 pounds of wheat


And more!

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