The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects

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The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects is filled with 39 building projects. With the help of this book, you can transform your modest vegetable garden into a model of efficiency and comfort. In my opinion, it is well organized, simple to understand, and includes a wide variety of projects.

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The Vegetable Gardener's Book of Building Projects

The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects


Title: The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects
Subtitle: 39 Essentials to increase the bounty and beauty of your garden
Author: by Editors of Storey Publishing
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 978-1603425261
Pages: 149 (paperback)
Genre: gardening

From the back cover:

39 building projects to 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 around your plants. Each building project is functional, attractive, and easy to complete with basic tools.

New to wood working? 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.

The Vegetable Gardener’s Book of Building Projects Review:

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!

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I definitely think some power tools would come in handy for these projects. Because I seriously 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 compared 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 wouldn’t 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.

Have any DIY gardening projects you want to try?



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  4. I would also love to read:
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  5. This book looks great! I want to put in raised beds, but don’t know how, and we desperately need a new compost bin. (Something chewed a hole in the side of our old one…) This book would come in very handy!


  6. Wise Owl, Editor says

    This book would be very helpful to me right about now. New house.

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  7. I’d actually like to read most of Storey’s catalog. 😉

    To name a few, I’d like to read “Starter Vegetable Gardens” by Barbara Pleasant; “The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs” by Charles W.G. Smith; “The Essential Guide to Color Knitting Techniques” by Margaret Radcliffe; “2-at-a-Time Socks” by Melissa Morgan-Oakes; “Carrots Love Tomatoes” and “Roses Love Garlic” by Louise Riotte; “The Quilting Answer Book” by Barbara Weiland Talbert; and “One-Yard Wonders” by Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins. Oh, and I REALLY want to read “Made From Scratch” by Jenna Woginrich”, and Ali Benjamin’s book, whenever it comes out. I could go on, but I’ll spare you!


  8. I’ve just discovered your blog, and it looks good. I’ll be happy to follow your blog for a while.

    Unfortunately for my chances of winning the book, I don’t do Twitter, so I can’t do methods three or four, and I don’t have a blog, so I can’t do method five. I hope I now qualify for method one, with this email. Thanks for doing this giveaway.


  9. I am a follower(Elise).
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  10. This will come in handy when I start planting my vegetable garden this summer.
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  13. The raised beds are really good to save space and water. Just make sure to not use pressure treated lumber because of the chemicals in it.
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  16. #6 I would really like to read The Backyard Homestead.

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  19. #2 This sounds like a fantastic book for my hubby as he enjoys woodworking!

  20. Christian Book Reviews says

    Would love the chance to recieve this book, thanks! rse at

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