The Backyard Homestead – Building Projects

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The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects: Spike Carlsen

There are 76 great plans in this book, ranging from Flower Pot Smokers to Gardening Sheds. The chapters include gardening and food preparation; storage and workspaces; animal shelters and feeders; and the house and yard. Chapter 1 teaches the tools you need, the proper way to dig holes, drive screws, and the safe way to handle a circular saw. The garden section includes plans from a cold frame and raised bed gardens, to an easy pergola and garden marker/stepping stones. The plans are well-diagramed, and easy to read and follow.  Even a beginner can easily follow the simpler plans.  I consider it a must-have in any personal homesteading library.

Julie Murphree is a blogger, newspaper columnist, and speaker on all things ‘Living a Simple Life on the Farm’. She is the author of \\\'The Farm Wife – Living a Simple Life on the Farm. She and her husband have 60 acres in NW Louisiana where they actively work on living as sustainable as possible.

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