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The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects: 39 Essentials to Increase the Bounty and Beauty of Your Garden [Kindle Edition]

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Book Description

Make your garden more productive, your garden chores easier, and your outdoor spaces more enjoyable!

With a little time and a few tools, you can create handsome, handcrafted items for your garden at a fraction of the cost of buying them in stores. The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects offers 39 simple projects, from cold frames to compost bins, planters to picnic tables, trellises to tool storage. Each project was selected by Storey's editors to be functional, attractive, and easy to complete. For each one, you'll find step-by-step instructions, detailed illustrations, complete materials and lumber lists, and a four-color photo of the finished product. Many of the projects can be done by beginners, and most can be completed in a few hours.

Whether you need support for your beans and peas or a comfortable chair to relax in when the work is done, these projects are just what you're looking for.



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From the Back Cover

Build a Productive Garden39 building projects transform your modest vegetable garden into a model of efficiency and comfort. For a fraction of the cost of buying retail, you can build handsome, handcrafted items that will encourage your vegetables to thrive, extend your growing season, or simply offer a place to relax among your plants. Each building project is functional, attractive, and easy to complete with basic tools.New to woodworking? Many of these projects are ideal for beginners, and most can be completed in a matter of hours or during a single weekend. Whether you are looking for support to trellis your peas and beans or a garden swing to relax in, these projects are just what your garden needs.

About the Author

Storey Publishing, located in North Adams, Massachusetts, is one of the most respected and trusted publishers in the categories of country living, crafts, pets, and animals. Its publications include "The Vegetable Gardener's Bible", "Housekeeping on a Small Acreage", "The One-Minute Organizer", and much more.
 

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73 of 76 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Video Review March 25, 2010
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Great projects that go hand-in-hand with gardening!

Enjoy!
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
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The great thing about this book is that it starts out with the basics! The first chapter deals with general building tips, types of lumber, and which tools you should have on hand to complete these projects. There are 39 projects ranging from simple plant supports, dirt sifters, and raised beds to the more complicated picnic tables, cold frames, compost bins, and wooden swings. Each project includes a detailed list of materials, necessary tools, and diagrams. The pictures are key for me...everything is easier when you can see it on paper in front of you before you start! The two projects I thought were the most unique were the outdoor storage bin (kindof like an outdoor root cellar) and the 'handy house'. The handy house is a great idea...it is essentially a storage area for your tools that looks like a bird house up on a pole. How great to not have to run back to the house every time I forget my scissors!

I definitely think some power tools would come in handy for these projects. I can't imagine using a hand saw to cut the lumber. Although, as the authors point out, many home improvement stores will cut the lumber to your specifications for a small fee. You will still be saving money compaired to buying these projects premade. I saw a raised bed planter at the garden store the other day that was $369! There are plans in the book for the exact same thing and I KNOW the lumber wouldnt cost THAT much!

Overall, I think this is a great book! It is well organized, simple to understand, and includes a wide variety of projects.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good ideas! April 29, 2011
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There are some really great and practical ideas in this book. I especially like it because of the compost and compost related building ideas (ie compost bin, screen, etc). Everything seems very well laid out and the instructions are easy to follow, including exact supply lists. We haven't begun building anything from this book yet (too cold outside still), but I'm looking forward to using this book to inspire and guide us!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars lots of great ideas! June 7, 2013
By Liz
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I am not a very handy person. I picked this book up from the library because I was looking for some simple ideas for building trellising and supports for tomatoes and beans. I was impressed by all of the ideas in this book, from a flower press, solar dryer, compost bin, adirondack chair, bird house, cold frame, and indeed several ideas for plant supports. Many of the projects are very much out of my league, but the instructions are clear with well laid out plans to help those who are more handy. Definitely an inspiring find.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very detailed July 24, 2013
By KMD
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The book has very detailed plans. It is a great book for the beginner woodcraftsmen and even someone that hasn't worked with wood before. This book is that detailed. I can see my family making a lot of these projects in this book multiple times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! May 6, 2013
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The book has awesome photos and plans! Some great ideas. THey are easy to follow instructions and have some really useful things that any gardener can use.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Projects for the garden! May 31, 2013
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This is a very nice book with useful projects for the garden which I am sure will provide both inspiration and motivation for summer weekends!
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This book has some really great projects. So far I've only built two, and they came out great.

However, I have to disagree with some of the other reviews here. The instructions are quite good, but far from what should be called "very detailed". If you have absolutely no experience with projects like these, you could be a bit frustrated at times. For example, the projects tell you what boards you must buy, but not how you should cut them for the various pieces. Of course, with a little math you can figure that out. Also, details about where to put nails or screws are not included. Again, you can figure that out. But an absolute novice might find the lack of such details frustrating if they expect the project instructions to read like IKEA manuals!
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