The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: 76 Useful Things You Can Build to Create Customized Working Spaces and Storage Facilities, Equip the Garden, Store the Harvest, House Your Animals, and Make Practical Outdoor Furniture

Spike Carlsen. Storey, $24.95 trade paper (296p) ISBN 978-1-61212-085-0
The idea of a "hoop greenhouse" might initially conjure images of a graduated pile of Hula Hoops draped in some expensive plastic. In reality, with PVC pipe, plastic sheeting, a little lumber, and maybe the help of a friend, months of growing season can be added to the year with this simple, reusable hothouse. The flower pot smoker needs a mere hot plate for heat, wood chips, and two large flower pots to provide big flavor on a smaller scale. If sustainable living is desirable, but you don't know where to start, Carlsen, former executive editor of Family Handyman, covers it all, from tool safety to the final product with plenty of instruction and illustrations requiring a day or a weekend. Most projects can be accomplished by the novice woodworker and require few tools beyond those found in the average garage or shed. From drip irrigation systems to the DIY beehive to the more elaborate yard shed, this book may appeal to those who want a sustainable lifestyle, or who just want a backyard project. Who says there's nothing fun left under the sun? (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 04/14/2014
Release date: 03/01/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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