Pearls of Country Wisdom: Hints from a Small Town on Keeping Garden and Home

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Here are over 700 time and money-saving tips and recipes for house, health, garden, and farm.

Combining old-fashioned common sense and modern-day ingenuity, this indispensable handbook offers hundreds of ways for anyone to enjoy a simpler, more natural lifestyle. As an experienced homesteader, Deborah Tukua has spent several years collecting nuggets of information from friends and neighbors who share her way of life in rural Tennessee.

PEARLS OF COUNTRY WISDOM represents the distillation of a community’s tried and true techniques for country living, some of which have been handed down for generations. Here are tips for every corner of the homestead from bath to tool-shed, kitchen to barnyard. For example:

• Need secret storage space? Who’d think to look inside the bottom step of a staircase?

• Keep brown sugar soft. Refrigerate in a glass jar or plastic bag with a piece of bread or apple.

• Plant basil next to your tomato plants to keep harmful insects at bay.

• Vary how you fold your linens to avoid excess wear on the folds.

• Egg whites applied to a burn give quick relief.

Divided into chapters including House and Home; Cleaning, Bath and Laundry; Cooking, Preserving and the Kitchen; Wardrobe and Sewing; Health and Home Remedies; Barnyard and By-Products; Lawn, Orchard and Garden; and the Tool-shed, PEARLS OF COUNTRY WISDOM belongs on the shelf of the seasoned and novice homesteader alike, as well as anybody interested in thrifty and self-sufficient living.

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Combining old-fashioned common sense and modern-day ingenuity, Pearls of Country Wisdom offers hundreds of ways for anyone to enjoy a simpler, more natural lifestyle. In 1995 Deborah Tukua and her family left their suburban home in Jacksonville, Florida, for life on a farm in rural Tennessee. When they arrived, Tukua turned to her neighbors in nearby towns for any pearls of country wisdom they might be willing to share. Instantly, good advice gushed forth from every imaginable source, including farmers, midwives, herbalists, shopkeepers, and more.This unique and indispensable book represents the distillation of a community's tried-and-true techniques for everything from caring for linen to keeping harmful bugs out of the garden. Here are tips for every corner of the home from bath to toolshed, kitchen to barn. (5 3/4 X 8 1/2, 372 pages, b&w photos)

About the Author:

Deborah S. Tukua is the founding editor of Coming Home Magazine and the author of Making and Using a Flower Press. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, she now makes her home in rural Tennessee with her husband, where she home-schools their three children.

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