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Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners: A Guide to 21 Handmade Structures for Homegrown Harvests

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Transform your ordinary backyard into a productive farm! Projects include:

Garden upkeep

  • Rainwater harvesting system
  • Irrigation strategies
  • Garden cart
  • Compost box
  • Vermiculture bin
  • Raised beds 101
  • Easy plank raised beds
  • Stacked lumber raised beds
Gardening Vertically
  • Potato planter
  • Tiered lettuce rack
  • Wall of tomatoes
  • Bean leaner
  • Squash ramp
  • Grapevine ladder
  • Pea trellis
Growing Season Extenders
  • Greenhouse
  • Cold frame
  • Wire mesh cloche
  • PVC cloche
Animals Dwellings
  • Top bar bee hive
  • Rabbit hutch


Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners is a practical and engaging guide to transforming an ordinary backyard into a productive farm.

Homesteading is experiencing a revival among both rural and urban residents who want to get back to basics and live closer to the land. With this book, you'll obtain both inspiration and instruction for transforming your grassy yard into a lush farm that can produce all the food you and your family need!

Author Chris Gleason is an experienced woodworker and homesteader who shows how to plan and design a backyard farm. He offers expert advice for making all the essential hard-working structures that are needed to sustain small-scale agriculture.

Step-by-step instructions are provided for 21 projects including green houses, beehives, rabbit hutches, raised beds, potting sheds, trellises, fences, and more. You'll learn how to create an irrigation system, harvest rainwater, and keep your farm environmentally sound. Each detailed plan is accompanied by the author's clear, instructive drawings.

More than just a manual, Building Projects for Backyard Farmers and Home Gardeners also offers entertaining and enlightening interviews with both experts and "average Joe" farmers. Learn what motivates them to become backyard farmers, the lessons that they have to share, and maybe even a couple of funny stories along the way!

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