Nonfiction – Build Your Garden

The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects: Raised Beds, Cold Frames…
by Kevin AyerThe Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects shows home gardeners how to build their way to better plants — and save a little green, too. A well-illustrated visual introduction to tools and techniques prepares gardeners to successfully tackle any one of the 39 clever projects described here — a simple wood-framed raised bed enclosure is a great place to start. From there, home veggie patch enthusiasts will love boosting their crops’ beauty, health, and yield with custom-built planters, trellises, cold frames, and much more. Barbara Pleasant’s Easy Garden Projects to Make, Build, and Growoffers many other excellent, equally green-thumbed DIY ideas.
The Complete Guide To Greenhouses & Garden Projects: Greenhouses…
by Philip Schmidt, Pat Price, and Nora Richter GreerOutdoor living enthusiasts of various skill levels will embrace this handy guidebook for building garden structures, many of them from scratch. The benefits of this book over others lie in the range of projects — covering everything from a simple hoop house to a Victorian-style greenhouse — and the photo-illustrated demos to guide you through every step, from planning to completion. Whatever the size and style of your home and landscape, you’ll be inspired to expand it to the outdoors after leafing through this “inspiring and instructive guide” (Booklist).
Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners: A Guide to 21 Handmade…
by Chris GleasonIf you’re a homesteader (either rural or urban), you don’t want to miss this collection of do-able DIY projects for backyards and small-scale farms. The 10 projects included here meet a lot of different needs: you can learn to build a rainwater collection system, assemble a vermiculture bin full of soil-enhancing worms, construct a compost box, and build structures to house plants or microlivestock (can’t forget those bees and bunnies!). Clear instructions and lively interviews with experts add both variety and interest to this highly practical volume.
The Greenhouse Gardener’s Manual
by Roger MarshallThe possibilities offered by greenhouses are vast, making greenhouse growing both attractive and confusing to newcomers.The Greenhouse Gardener’s manual takes some of the uncertainty out of the process, walking you through selecting the right structure, plants, growing methods, and maintenance for whatever you have in mind; after all, you wouldn’t want a greenhouse with the lighting and temperature for succulents if hydroponic veggies are your goal. Anyone interested in extending their growing season can benefit from this comprehensive tool — there’s even advice on starting a commercial greenhouse for gardeners with a more entrepreneurial bent.

List created 11/10/15 – James Hartmann

Adapted from Nextreads.

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