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The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects    edited by Cindy Littlefield order for
Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects
by Cindy Littlefield
Order:  USA  Can
Storey, 2010 (2010)
* * *   Reviewed by Bob Walch

Whether it is growing vegetables or maintaining flower beds, gardening involves more than just sowing seeds or setting bedding plants in the ground. A number of accessories are needed throughout the season that make caring for the garden easy, and maximize production.

In The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects you'll discover 39 woodworking projects that will make any gardener's job a little easier. Whether it is a potting bench, raised planting bed, lattice shade cover, or tomato cage, these homemade outdoor aids will not only enhance the efficiency and quality of vegetable growing, but save money as well.

Each project is labeled as half-day, full-day, or weekend to indicate the complexity of the job and the time commitment required for completion. Full-color photos of each completed project are supported by step-by-step instructions, detailed drawings, and complete materials and cutting lists.

The projects themselves are divided into three sections: Planting and Growing (compost boxes, plant supports, planters, and a tool rack), Harvesting and Preserving (a solar dryer, berry box and outdoor storage bin), and Relaxing and Enjoying Your Backyard (a picnic table, birdhouses and feeders, chairs and swings, and a flower press).

Although most of these items can be purchased at retail outlets, they can be built for a fraction of the cost and modified to fit your particular needs and the limitations of your property. With a little building know-how, a few basic tools and some free time, anyone can handle these projects and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing they did-it-themselves!

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