The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects

Author: Spike Carlsen
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603428460
Release Date: 2014-03-14
Genre: House & Home

Gardeners, small farmers, and outdoor living enthusiasts will love this compilation of 76 rustic DIY projects. From plant supports and clotheslines to a chicken coop, a greenhouse, and a root cellar with storage bins, most of the projects are suitable for complete novices, and all use just basic tools and easy-to-find materials. You’ll find techniques to build whatever your outdoor world is missing, with additional tips to live sustainably, happily, and independently.

The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner

Author: Ann Larkin Hansen
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612126982
Release Date: 2017-10-03
Genre: House & Home

This hardworking addition to the best-selling Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them — no matter where on the planet you call home. Author Ann Larkin Hansen sets the priorities for each area of the farm, including the barn, garden, orchard, field, pasture, and woodlot. For every critical turn of the year (12 in all), Hansen provides an at-a-glance to-do list along with tips and a more in-depth discussion of key topics for the season. Easy-reference charts, checklists, and record-keeping sections help you keep track of it all.

Woodworking FAQ

Author: Spike Carlsen
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603428316
Release Date: 2012-04-23
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Whether you’re a beginner building your first shelf or an experienced craftsman designing a new gazebo, Spike Carlson has the answers to all of your woodworking questions. You’ll find expert advice on setting up your work area, choosing appropriate tools, working with different types of wood, and building furniture, as well as tips on joinery techniques, custom finishes, and much more.

The Backyard Homestead

Author: Carleen Madigan
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603421386
Release Date: 2009-01-01
Genre: House & Home

Suggests organic methods for growing plants and raising animals on a small plot of land, explains how to determine the proper times for planting, and provides tips for using and preserving food.

The Woodland Homestead

Author: Brett McLeod
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612123509
Release Date: 2015-07-10
Genre: House & Home

Put your wooded land to work! This comprehensive manual shows you how to use your woodlands to produce everything from wine and mushrooms to firewood and livestock feed. You’ll learn how to take stock of your woods; use axes, bow saws, chainsaws, and other key tools; create pasture and silvopasture for livestock; prune and coppice trees to make fuel, fodder, and furniture; build living fencing and shelters for animals; grow fruit trees and berries in a woodland orchard; make syrup from birch, walnut, or boxelder trees; and much more. Whether your property is entirely or only partly wooded, this is the guide you need to make the best use of it.

Step by Step Projects for Self Sufficiency

Author: Editors of Cool Springs Press
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781591866886
Release Date: 2017-03-15
Genre: House & Home

Get ready to be self-sufficient. Whether tackling the garden, raising animals, learning more about alternative energy, or bettering your storage and preservation, Step-by-Step Projects for Self-Sufficiency is the perfect starting point. Step-by-step instructions and photos will guide you through how to make over 60 complete projects. After all, DIY projects are more fun (and generally easier) when you approach them with helpful aides and tools you made yourself. Projects in this new volume include: -A portable chicken ark -Two types of beehives -Solar cookers -Firewood storage -A potato growing box -Hoophouses and greenhouses -Raised planting beds -Rainbarrels -A cider press -Compost bins -Drying racks With its clear plan drawings, precise instructions and detailed photos, Step-by-step Projects for Self Sufficiency makes DIY easier than ever.

The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know How

Author: Andrea Chesman
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781612122052
Release Date: 2015-09-19
Genre: Cooking

Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead — that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.

The Homestead Planner Logbook

Author: Philip Hasheider
Publisher: Voyageur Press
ISBN: 0760351910
Release Date: 2016-11-01
Genre: House & Home

Easily keep track of the work you've put into your small farm operation - or figure out the work you need to put into it - with the help of this convenient planner. Easily keep track of the work you've put into your homestead or small farm - or figure out the work you need to put into it - with the help of this convenient planner. Having a hard time keeping the maintenance schedules straight for your machinery? How about your water records and soil-test data? Your crop or livestock records? Ideal for homesteaders and small farmers working anything from 2 to 40 acres, The Homestead Planner & Logbook provides one place to record and organize all the information that you should have readily available. Specially developed logbook pages cover several categories, including: Safety Outbuildings Electrical Service Water and Septic Fencing Crops Livestock MachineryWoodlots and more. Why not just use a blank notebook? Because this volume, in addition to including journal templates developed specifically for each of the topics covered, also includes practical advice for every aspect of your homestead. Plus, two large pockets provide places to store receipts, warranties, and other documents, so you won't have to scramble the next time you need them!

DIY Projects for the Self Sufficient Homeowner

Author: Betsy Matheson
Publisher: Creative Publishing International
ISBN: 9781589235670
Release Date: 2011-02-01
Genre: House & Home

"Step-by-step, how-to projects for home rain collection, solar panels, food storage, solar energy systems, eco-friendly improvements, bee keeping, and more"--Provided by publisher.

The Glass Castle

Author: Jeannette Walls
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439156964
Release Date: 2009-10-06
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

The child of an alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing, during which she and her siblings fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities.

Building Unique and Useful Kids Furniture

Author: Spike Carlsen
Publisher:
ISBN: 1610353250
Release Date: 2018-10
Genre: Crafts & Hobbies

Easy-to-build, affordable, beautiful, durable, fun furniture projects kids will love! Give your child a unique gift of a lifetime--without breaking your checkbook--and you and your kid will have fun making it! Building Unique and Useful Kids' Furniture: 24 Great Do-It-Yourself Projects gives complete step-by-step instructions for building 24 professionally designed one-of-a-kind children's furniture projects that are easy to build and your kids will love. You don't need advanced skills. You don't need specialized tools. You don't need expensive materials. All of these projects can be built using basic tools and materials from any home improvement store. Step-by-step instructions and color photos show you exactly what to do--and many projects are labeled "Kid Friendly," so your child can safely help you build it, developing their skills and confidence. These projects will fill every room of your house with kids' furniture that is cleverly designed, attractive, whimsical, safe, with timeless design that look fresh 20 years from now, giving your kids a lasting legacy to pass on to their kids.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals

Author: Gail Damerow
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 9781603429696
Release Date: 2011-03-23
Genre: Technology & Engineering

Enjoy a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. Gail Damerow covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Even with just a small plot of land, you can become more self-sufficient, save money, and enjoy healthy, delicious animal products.

A Splintered History of Wood

Author: Spike Carlsen
Publisher: Harper Perennial
ISBN: 0061373575
Release Date: 2009-08-18
Genre: Nature

In a world without wood, we might not be here at all. We wouldn't have had the fire, heat, and shelter that allowed us to expand into the planet's colder regions. If civilization somehow did develop, our daily lives would be vastly different: there would be no violins, baseball bats, chopsticks, or wine corks. The book you are now holding wouldn't exist. Spike Carlsen's A Splintered History of Wood is a grand celebration of all things wooden and the characters who lovingly shape them—eccentric artisans and passionate enthusiasts who have created some of the world's most beloved musical instruments, feared weapons, dazzling architecture, and bizarre forms of transportation. From champion chainsaw carvers to blind woodworkers, from the Miraculous Staircase to the Lindbergh kidnapping case, here is a passionate, personal, amazingly entertaining exploration of nature's greatest gift.

Black Decker The Complete Guide to Treehouses 2nd edition

Author: Philip Schmidt
Publisher: Cool Springs Press
ISBN: 9781589236615
Release Date: 2012-05-01
Genre: House & Home

Treehouses are more popular today than ever before. Our original treehouse book, The Complete Guide: Build Your Kids a Treehouse, was published in 2007. It exceeded all sales projections right out of the gate and continues to be a leading title in the treehouse category. Now, we've made it even better. The expanded edition features three all-new treehouses shown in complete step by step detail, along with full plans. Also includes an expanded inspiration section, offering a wider variety of unique and interesting treehouses that generate ideas and excitement. Exciting book for parents or grandparents to use with their children.