Getting Laid by Barb Webb- Raising chickens, gardening and preserving

To say that it is an honor to review Barb Webb’s newest book on sustainable living is an understatement.  As an avid reader of her blog Rural Mom, I grew to love Barb’s quick wit and clever writing style years ago. 

Simply put- Barb teaches without every preaching. She is a pro-earth, sustainable living chick who is out to show all us modern ladies that this lifestyle can be sexy in her newest book: Getting Laid- Everything you need to know about raising chickens, gardening and preserving. I received a digital copy of this book to share my thoughts with you today. All opinions are my own. 

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About Getting Laid from Amazon:

"Sustainable living boasts no boundaries. You don't need massive amounts of acreage or even a fenced-in backyard. We may not be 100 percent sustainable in our lifestyle, but we can become better in-tune with our environment and conscientious of our actions. Like all aspects of life, it's about balance, finding ways to live a greener, cleaner life within the parameters of your current lifestyle. 
Top blogger for country living, Rural Mom, shows us the (actually very easy) way to live a sustainable lifestyle without making ourselves crazy in the process."

My thoughts:

Reading this book was fun, enlightening and motivating. Barb says that sustainable living is not only practical, it’s doable! That our sustainable living mission is of the utmost importance to ourselves, our environment and future generations! 

Excerpt from Getting Laid:

In this ten chapter book chock full of helpful guides and tips Barb takes us by the hand and helps us understand:

How making one small change today and then another tomorrow can lead to a lighter, greener, sexier lifestyle.

Choose the correct chicken for our personality (I got raise chickens for eggs) and master the art of Chicken Zen by following Barb’s guides to caring for your chickens.

What organic gardening means and how to get started with step by step guides on choosing plants, caring/watering/harvesting and preserving.

And so much more!

I spent a lot of time in Barb’s gardening chapters. I loved her quick Chick Tips like this one: 

"For sweeter tomatoes, sprinkle baking soda around the base of the tomato plant once a week prior to watering. The baking soda lowers acidity in the soil, which translates to plump, sweet tomatoes on the vine."

I also found her Gardening Themes Guide helpful.  She shows you how to plant and grow by culinary themes like an Irish or Italian garden. 

I’ve starred and highlighted so many sections of Getting Laid for later reference! Chapters on, composting with worms and how to make an indoor Vermicomposter and canning were of special interest to my husband (worms) and canning (me).

Dotted throughout this book are over 100 mouthwatering recipes!  Everything from an Old World Irish Mince meat pies to a delightful sounding Cucumber and Green Bean Salad our showcased. 

Excerpt from Getting Laid:

I couldn’t help but think of my parents and my grandparents while reading and in some cases re-reading the pages of this guide book. I had the privilege of growing up in a family that loves the earth and what it provides us. 

My family always had large gardens and one of my earliest and fondest memories with my Dad was working in the garden until the Whippoorwills called. That was my cue that dusk was at hand and it was time for me to put down my hoe or spade and go in for the night. 

Reading Barb’s words, feeling her sentiments, so aligned with mine- made me long for a cup of tea at my Grandmothers table once more, where I could share this book with her and listen to her stories and now, as an adult, share a few of my own tales.  

If you’ve ever longed for simpler days, if you’ve ever wished you could have lived like your grandparents did- gardening/hunting/preserving/thriving – this book is for you

You can purchase a copy for yourself by visiting Amazon. This book would make a perfect gift for friends and family who have expressed a desire to raise chickens, garden or live a more sustainable lifestyle.

You can learn more about the author, Barb Webb by visiting her author’s website Sustainable Chick. You can also join us on our sustainable living journey by visiting Rural Mom owned by the incomparable Barb Webb. 

It has been my privilege to work on Rural Mom for close to a year; first as a regular columnist and now as the assistant editor. I’ll be joining the Rural Mom team more often this summer so I hope to see you there.

Please share in comments: Do you raise, or want to raise chickens? If so, what kind?


  1. Normally, as you well know Linda (lol), I'm a woman of many written words! Right now, though, I feel almost speechless after reading this glowing review. I am so touched by your reaction to the book and honored by your incredible review! Truly grateful to you for featuring my work and it gives me many heart smiles that you found the information contained within to be entertaining and helpful, that is all I could ever wish for every reader! I'm so blessed by your friendship, your critique and also by your amazing partnership! Can't wait to see what we get into next together on RuralMom! Much love and hugs!

  2. Hi Barb,

    Yay! I'm glad you had a chance to read my review and liked it!
    Great things are ahead for us on RuralMom I'm sure. Working with you there has certainly been rewarding so far. Blessings to you too.

  3. What a perfect name for the book. I love it. I wish I had room for chickens because 3 of my siblings have them. We have coyotes where we live. Great tips. I want to try the baking soda for sweeter tomatoes.

  4. Great review Linda!! This book was amazing, and I'm already looking into having my own chickens and changing up some of my gardening - loved it!!

  5. Sounds like a good book as it has recipes in it. I just love the title.

  6. This is an amazing review and the books sound divine. I always want to live on a farm and I do thing taking care of mother earth is the best way to live. She takes care of us if we take care of her. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Sounds like a great read. Mom used to raise chickens before, I wish I had a bigger yard, so I can plant and have some farm animals.

  8. Hi Rebecca O.,

    I would be fearful of raising chickens with coyotes too! We have a pack run through our property in the summer as well, so we've had to wait on chickens so we can ensure their safety.

  9. Hi Tara,

    Isn't the title fun? It showcases Barb's quick wit for sure! She shares a ton of recipes in this book so I hope you get tot enjoy it.

  10. Hi Rebecca S.,
    Thank you for the positive feedback! We sometimes take for granted this wonderful world we live in, but we all need to do our part to take care of it and Barb really showcases ways we can make changes easily in her book.

  11. Great review! Sounds like a good read and needs to be added to my reading list. I know a friend who would love this book. Thanks for sharing!


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