Northern California Coastal & Inland Valleys
Convert the curb strip in front of your home into a garden. Learn about low cost sidewalk permits and how to convert a portion of your sidewalk into an attractive landscaped area by visiting San Francisco Dept. of Public Works or Plant SF.
The sustainable living movement is moving toward the home gardener. Keeping hens, growing your own food and creating your own soil by composting has never been more popular. In Urban Homesteading (Skyhorse Publishing, 2011, $16.95), author Rachel Kaplan focuses on do-it-yourself projects ranging from keeping ducks to building a worm bin and implementing a kitchen sink recycling center.
The book is illustrated and packed with great ideas for sustainable gardening, lowering water usage, using homegrown herbs to make simple medicines, and ways to turn any small space into a productive food source. This publication is similar to the Foxfire books of years past and includes age-old wisdom and common sense practices for living in a modern world while retaining and cultivating the flavor of the earth. 292 pages, including index and resources. Color photography illustrates the projects.