This year is our first year trying Tattler reusable canning lids. They promise to be an almost indefinitely reusable lid that is also more corrosion resistant than the common metal lids. Having tried them a few times, we can speak to their functionality. If their claims about re-usability are true, we’re excited about their economic utility as well.
For the home seed saver, this might be the most useful book you can have. Since we’re growing all open pollinated and heirloom varieties, this book has been particularly helpful to us.
Seed to Seed provides essential information on how to germinate, grow, and save seed from almost any plant you could want to grow in your garden. This book is a necessity for the home gardener that’s just getting started with saving seed from heirloom and open pollinated varieties.
This is an excellent book. We’ve read a number of similar books, and this is our favorite.
The Backyard Homestead has great overviews on gardening, raising animals, landscaping with plants, maintaining fruit trees, keeping bees, homebrewing, cheese making, and more. While each of these topics is broad enough that you should have other guides or references if you want to undertake them, this book helps show how each of these areas fit into a backyard setup.