The Ultimate Homesteading Basics Book Review

by Suzan Ferreira
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The Ultimate Homesteading Basics Book, written by Chelsea Wells-Barrett, offers basic homesteading information for those just beginning & reminders for those who need them (like me).

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Homesteading for the last 20 years we like to think we’ve gained some experience & homestead knowledge. However, each year we have to look up certain information that we never seem to retain. Each & every year. Year after year. Feel my pain?

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How great would it be to have all that information at your fingertips & not have to take the time each year to refresh the memory? Pretty great in our humble opinion.

When given the opportunity to review (& become an affiliate) for Chelsea’s book, “The Ultimate Homesteading Basics Book”, we didn’t hesitate to accept.

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Chelsea, a young woman after my own heart, is a fellow homesteader & homemaker since 2016 based in Florida, & a self-proclaimed forgetful person. Sounds like somebody familiar 🙂

“Whether you’re a beginning homesteader just starting out or a seasoned homesteader with a terrible memory (like me), this eBook is for you.”

Chelsea Wells-Barrett

Her blog, Grow Where You Sow, offers helpful homesteading hints & tips as well as lifestyle information on parenting, recipes, and more. If you have not had the chance to check her site out, we highly recommend you do!

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Don’t enjoy lengthy blog posts? Chelsea can be found on the following social media channels as well.


After scrolling through the few short but necessary legalities (dedication, copyright, & disclaimers), Chelsea gets to the nitty gritty. The information that all want to get to when purchasing this eBook.

A small disclaimer here myself, we received this eBook for review at no charge, but have received no other compensation for our honest review.

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This 50 page eBook contains straight-forward information on all things homesteading, all jam packed into one easy resource. That means no more searching the internet for answers every year! WIN! WIN!

Chelsea’s hard work & dedication to establishing a homesteading lifestyle for her & her family certainly show in the development of this book.


The eBook is broken down into 7 chapters that are easily maneuvered to by clicking on the section you are interested in. Love that feature of the book! So many times you have to scroll through a LOT of information to find your answer. Chelsea has made that task a bit easier for you, with a click of the button your there.

There are 7 chapters in the book. The chapters are then broken down into 2-3 sub-chapters & topics, allowing for more in-depth discussion.

  • Chickens (Raising Chicks, Adult Chickens, Hen House Requirements)
  • Ducks (Raising Ducklings, Adult Ducks, Duck House Requirements (optional))
  • Meat Rabbits (Adult Rabbits, Raising Kits (Baby Rabbits), Rabbit Hutch Requirements)
  • Predators (Identifying Predators, Preventing & Fixing Predator Problems)
  • Gardening (Soil, Common Gardening Methods, Troubleshooting Garden Problems)
  • Compost (Composting Materials & Methods, Composting Setups, Hot Compost Troubleshooting)
  • Resources

In addition to delving into the topics listed above with direct, simple, & comprehensive information on each, we appreciate how generous Chelsea is with providing additonal resources & links (including IMSL’s 🙂 ), books, and FREE printables. Enough information to help & answer any questions that any homesteader may have.

Along with sage advice & inspiration from her experiences, Chelsea also offers that of many other homesteaders as well, giving direct links to those sources of information.

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If there were any resource we had access to when we first began homesteading almost 20 years ago it would be this one. Answers to just about any common homesteading endeavors can be found within this basics book, & if the answer is not within it, it’s linked to a source to help you find that answer.

This book is easy to follow, direct without a lot of the glut found in so many sources. Instead it contains a wealth of information that any beginner or seasoned homesteader can easily refer to (or in our case refer back to yearly 🙂 ) at any point in their homesteading journey.

Affordable & useful, “The Ultimate Homesteading Basics Book”, is one that is a welcomed addition to anyone’s library. Ours included!

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Cindy July 27, 2020 - 1:24 pm

Looks like an excellent resource for those wanting to homestead or learn more about it!

Eva Keller July 17, 2020 - 7:41 pm

I don’t think it is something I could commit to, but it is so fascinating to learn about.

Casandra July 16, 2020 - 9:16 pm

What a wonderful resource to have every year when you need it.

Charlene July 16, 2020 - 6:34 pm

Great resource! Thanks!

Sara July 15, 2020 - 4:04 am

Our friends just bought some land and have started homesteading. I’ll have to let her know about this book.

Lisa July 14, 2020 - 10:43 pm

What a great book for those just starting out!

Leeandra July 14, 2020 - 1:28 pm

This looks like a great value, packed with so much information!

Erica July 14, 2020 - 12:05 pm

I will definitely check the book out! We bought this house and property about 10 years ago, It has a huge fenced in garden in the back and a big fruit tree orchard and I am so intimidated by it we have let it all get overgrown. I want to clear it out now that my kids are grown and I can devote more time to it.

Suzan Ferreira July 15, 2020 - 12:04 pm

What a great project to accomplish! Good Luck!!

Chelsea July 14, 2020 - 6:36 am

Great book recommendation! I want to do more with edible gardening but am intimidated! I have a very green thumb for plants, but not sure about veggies, fruits and herbs! Looks like I’ve got a good place to start.

Barbara July 14, 2020 - 3:36 am

Great resource! I bet it answers many questions when situations pop up!

Marianne July 14, 2020 - 2:56 am

We live in the suburbs, and currently, are unable to have even chickens… which is something I would love to have. Sounds like a great guide for someone starting out!

Amy July 13, 2020 - 11:50 pm

It’s funny because my family is completely split. One side is all big city people while the other side homestead and raise crops. I found it so interesting how different their lifestyle was from my own but always enjoyed visiting and helping out! I’ll have to share this with them!

Lisa Manderino July 13, 2020 - 10:52 pm

This sounds like it would be a great book for beginners!

Sabrina DeWalt July 13, 2020 - 9:36 pm

What a great resource. Homesteading is something we are working toward.

Danielle Ardizzone July 13, 2020 - 9:26 pm

Sounds like a great resource for beginners!

Suzan Ferreira July 14, 2020 - 11:39 am

Or for the forgetful ones 🙂

Tricia Snow July 13, 2020 - 8:44 pm

What an awesome resource! Thanks for the review!

Holly July 13, 2020 - 5:17 pm

Great review! This book will be so helpful to so many people, as more people look at Homesteading!

Jordan July 13, 2020 - 4:53 pm

This looks like such a helpful book. I’ve always been so impressed by homesteaders. I can barely keep a succulent alive!

Bonnie July 13, 2020 - 4:42 pm

This looks like a good book to keep handy, especially if you are new to all of this.

Kristin July 13, 2020 - 3:24 pm

My son would like to raise ducks. And I would like to have duck eggs, which don’t contain casein. My other son has a food sensitivity to casein. I wish we had a suitable property to begin a true homestead.

Alexis Farmer July 13, 2020 - 12:53 pm

I definitely want to check this out at some point!

Shea July 10, 2020 - 6:26 pm

Thank you so much! I love this! My husband and I dream about moving further off the beaten path but being from NJ we have a learning curve to say the least. I will be sure to add this to our list!

Michele Morin July 10, 2020 - 10:41 am

This sounds like a good resource to have on hand.


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