This is a great book that I first read about on another blog, and then checked out from the library to see if I really needed to buy it.
I needed to buy it.
The intro alone sucked me in. One of the authors was talking about how her kids were taking turns dragging each other across the driveway in a recycling bin; one that was usually used for hauling manure and compost. In a world that can be super obsessed with anti-bacterial everything, I found this book to be a welcome change.
Not only are there tons of gardening tips, there are chapters on chickens, goats, bees, and making unique things at home, in the suburbs. (DIY deodorant, anyone? At first this sounded really weird to me, but now I'm totally going to try it, when I run out of my regular stuff.) They also talk alot about forming communities with your neighbors, making sure that you're not doing anything illegal (in terms of keeping animals), and having fun.
And of course this book started as a blog, which you can find here. It's totally worth checking out!!