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Build a Better Vegetable Garden
30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest
Following on from the hugely successful Polytunnel Book, Joyce and Ben Russell have devised 30 kitchen garden projects that anyone can make and enjoy. Not only do the projects add decorative detail to the garden, each project is devised to either extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. Apart from the obvious cost-savings benefits from growing or making your own, the desire to work with craft fulfils the need to keep improving your patch of land. These compelling projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure.
From simple projects for cloches, tunnels and frames to design solutions that deter slugs and carrot root fly, these projects are well-designed as well as decorative. Each project includes step-by-step instructions as well as a list of materials and tools you'll need and a relative skills rating. Accompanying each project are growing tips and specific crop advice to help you make the most of your crop. To be enjoyed by gardeners of all levels and anyone who loves growing their own.
Projects include: Leaf mould container; simple cloche; fruit cage; bean support; herb bed; folding bean frame; raised bed; poly cloche; plant propagator; boot scraper; mini greenhouse; drying cabinet; carrot fly protector; compost bins.
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What Reviewers Are Saying
"This book offers focussed, practical advice and is aimed at the complete beginner"
"There is a good mix of practical versus more decorative projects" -- Jojo Tulloh * Gardens Illustrated * "How about a little DIY garden project to get your teeth into? West Cork-based gardener Joyce Russell, already well-known to many Irish gardeners because of her book on polytunnel growing has just brought out an excellent new book." * Irish Times * "With the advice from this West Cork-based expert, your garden will become more attractive, productive and secure." * Irish Country Magazine * "Beautiful photography and clear instructions make each project a tempting prospect, and should inspire homeowners to help make their little patches more attractive, productive and more secure." * The Smallest Smallholding * "5 stars - If you're partial to a bit of DIY in the garden department and want to save yourself some money at the same time, this eminently practical book will definitely ignite the flame." * Kitchen Garden * "If you buy them in, wooden structures such as cold frames, obelisks and raised beds will make a serious dent in your veg plot budget. Making such things from scratch yourself will save you money, but it can be daunting especially if you've never picked up a drill before. Build a Better Vegetable Garden is just what you need to get you started, with clear instructions for 30 projects of all skill levels." * Grow Your Own *