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    Little Farm in the Garden: a Practical Mini-guide to Raising Selected Fruits and Vegetables Homestead-style

    From the author of the “Little Farm” homesteading memoirs comes a friendly, down-to-earth little guide for starting and maintaining a thriving food garden. Right now, we’re in the middle of a global health crisis—and perhaps you’re feeling helpless and anxious about the future. But there is something you and I and everyone else can do about this tragic, unforeseen situation: Grow some of your own food—in a pot, a small plot, or a garden. In “normal” times, homegrown food is not only a pleasure, but food gardening can be a pastime that helps to take your mind off your worries. In these difficult days, it may be that raising some food may become a necessity. Whatever happens, in the coming months and years, producing your own food supply can become a bulwark against uncertainty. In Little Farm in the Garden, Susan shares the evolution of her own homestead garden, and covers how to get started on your own food garden with basic nut-and-bolts, selecting crops, and challenges you might encounter raising food. She also provides strategies for working with nature, dealing with wildlife, and raising your crops chemical-free. If you’ve read Susan’s Little Farm memoirs, this booklet can be a handy addition to the homesteading experiences she’s shared in her books. But this also works as a stand-alone manual for simple ways to approach creating your own food supply, focusing on easy-to-grow vegetables, herbs, and fruit, and creating a balanced garden for the long-term—and includes a handy timeline for your food gardening activities too. Wherever you are in your gardening journey, Little Farm in the Garden offers a lively, heartfelt approach for gardeners, nature-lovers, and dreamers of all ages… And if you like fiction with a gardening theme, you might look at Susan’s latest novel, The Galway Girls—it has some intriguing tie-ins with her real-life experiences in Book 2 of the Little Farm series, Little Farm Homegrown! Susan Colleen Browne is a graduate of Huxley College of the Environment, Western Washington University. An avid gardener and the author of nine books, she weaves her love of Ireland and her passion for country living into her Village of Ballydara series, novels and stories of love, friendship and family set in the Irish countryside. Susan is also the author of an award-winning memoir, Little Farm in the Foothills, the first book of the Little Farm in the Foothills series, and the sequel, Little Farm Homegrown. She pens a fantasy-adventure series for tweens as well, set in a magical Pacific Northwest. A community college instructor, she runs a little homestead with her husband John in the Pacific Northwest, USA. When Susan isn’t wrangling chickens or tending vegetable beds, she’s working on her next Village of Ballydara book!