Thrill your kids and keep them physically active with the projects in Play Structures & Backyard Fun, offering start-to-finish DIY instructions for building the most popular play sets, games, and backyard structures.
The only outdoor kids' project book that features complete step-by-step plans and color photos, this easy-to-use guide shows you exactly how to do the job. And a thorough section on building kids' projects safely will ensure you are doing it right. The customizable projects cover a range of DIY skill levels, from beginner to advanced intermediate.
Just a few of the entertaining projects:
• Sand boxes
• Jungle gyms
• Tree swing
• Swing sets
• Skateboard ramp
Build some of these play structures and provide countless hours of outdoor entertainment for your kids.
From bronze axes of the Viking conquests to the American homesteader’s felling axe, this is a tool that has shaped human history like few others.
More than 1,500 photos illustrate various innovative architectural styles and natural building materials that have gained popularity in the last two decades, such as cob, papercrete, bamboo, adobe, strawbale, timber framing and earthbags. If you love fine, fun and/or funky buildings, you will want to own this splendid book.
If you are overwhelmed by conflicting diet advice, or you don’t know where to start and who to trust, Beyond Labels will help you figure out what to put on your plate. Joel Salatin, a farmer who is blazing the trail for regenerative farm practices, and Sina McCullough, a nutrition doctor who actually understands unpronounceable carbon chains, bring you on a journey from generally unhealthy food and farming to an ultimately healing place.
Through compelling discussions and humor, they share practical and easily doable tips including: what to eat, how to find it and prepare it, how to save money and time in the kitchen, and how to stay true to your principles in our modern culture. Whether you are just starting your health journey or you grow all of your own food, this book is designed to meet you where you are and motivate you to take the next step in your healing journey–ultimately brining you close to health, happiness, and freedom.
Storey’s Guide to Training Horses is a one-stop reference for every aspect of horse training, including a complete program for turning a shy and gangly foal into a calm, confident, well-balanced equine partner. Now with full-color photography, the third edition includes step-by-step guidance on all the essential training procedures for both English- and Western-style riding, including haltering and leading, saddling and mounting, and addresses the finer points of gaits, lightness, and collection. Best-selling author Heather Smith Thomas draws on her decades of equestrian experience to anticipate every situation that might arise and provide answers to managing all the potential challenges of training different types of horses.
In this book from kitchen-garden guru Joyce Russell are 30 decorative vegetable-growing projects that anyone can make and enjoy. All the projects are devised to extend the season, protect crops from pests or improve yields. Apart from the obvious cost-savings from growing or making your own, the desire to work with craft fulfils the need to improve your patch of land. These compelling projects transform your vegetable plot into somewhere more productive, more attractive and more secure.
From simple cloche projects to making tunnels and frames onto design solutions that deter slugs and carrot root fly, these projects are well-designed, functional and decorative. Each project has photographed step by step instructions, a list of materials and tools needed, and a relative skills rating. Alongside the projects are growing tips and specific advice to make the most of your crop. These 30 projects will be enjoyed by gardeners of all levels and anyone who loves growing their own.
• Simple cloche
• Raised bed
• Herb bed
• Plant propagator
• Mini greenhouse
• Compost bins
• Fruit cage
• Bean support
• Leaf mould container
• Folding bean frame
• Poly cloche
• Carrot fly protector
• Boot scraper
• Drying cabinet
• And more!
Grow a year’s worth of food for your family!
Do something good for your loved ones by learning how to plant a garden that will yield wholesome, organic fruits and vegetables in surprisingly less space than you would think. Melissa K. Norris, fifth-generation homesteader and host of the popular Pioneering Today podcast, walks you through each step of the process, including how to:
• Decide which food crops are best for your area and family
• Plan your garden to maximize the space you have
• Protect your garden from common pests and diseases naturally
• Determine when your fruits and vegetables are ready to be harvested
• Improve soil health with simple techniques like crop rotation and backyard composting
Farming is a business, as well as a way of life. Whole Farm Management is a comprehensive guide developed by the Small Farms Program at Oregon State University to help aspiring and beginner farmers make smart business decisions to ensure lasting success. In clear, accessible language, this book covers every essential step, from developing a strategic plan to acquiring equipment, establishing infrastructure, finding markets, budgeting, managing day-to-day operations, and selecting a business structure for long-term viability.
The emphasis throughout is on using sustainable agricultural systems and managing the whole farm, whether raising grass-based livestock, perennial food crops, or annual crops such as flowers. Case studies of successful farms, along with guidance and solutions to common problems from long-time farmers, round out this essential handbook.
The space, setup, and equipment required to raise and process poultry are minimal when compared to other types of livestock, which is part of what makes chickens such an appealing choice for small-scale meat producers. Expert butcher and teacher Adam Danforth covers the entire slaughtering and butchering process in this photographic guide specifically geared toward backyard chicken keepers and small-farm operations invested in raising meat responsibly.
With step-by-step photos, detailed instructions, and chapters dedicated to necessary tools and equipment, essential food safety measures, how to prepare for slaughter and process the birds quickly and humanely, how to break down the carcasses into cuts, and how to package and freeze the cuts to ensure freshness, this comprehensive handbook gives poultry raisers the information they need to make the most of their meat.
In A Simple Roundhouse Manual, author Tony Wrench gives readers a thorough 'How To' manual for building a roundhouse. Covering everything you need to know from beginning to end including: Site, Design and Planning, Drainage and Stem Wall, the Henge, the Reciprocal Frame roof, Walls, and Roof covering. From the words, diagrams and over one hundred color photographs found in this book, you’ll be able to design and build your own simple roundhouse. If you’re thinking of building your own, and are looking for tips on doing it simply, cheaply, and quickly, this manual should definitely be a part of your toolkit.
Community preparedness is at the core of author Kyle Ferlemann’s summary of myriad lessons learned over decades of studying, interviewing, and living through any number of natural disasters and geo-political conflicts. Practical Preparedness focuses on what we can do before disaster strikes, listing the steps to take so you and your family will have the best chance of surviving any type of event during any season of the year.
If we respect nature, add knowledge to our toolboxes, and reach out to others in our communities, Ferlemann believes—and has witnessed firsthand—anyone in any location and at any time will greatly increase their chances for survival. It comes down to making personal choices that offer the best opportunities to survive, and even thrive, during a downturn of fortune, whether caused by nature’s fury, an armed conflict, or a worldwide pandemic. According to Ferlemann, it takes resiliency, strength, determination, independence, cooperation, positivity, adaptability, and determination, along with focused preparation and a sense of community.
If you’re interested in living more self-sufficiently or completely self-sufficiently, Your Path to Self-Sufficiency is for you. Based on author Dan Chiras’s more than 40 years of experience, this book will show you how to achieve greater or complete energy self-sufficiency, self-sufficiency in food and water production, health self-sufficiency and also economic and transportation self-sufficiency. This book contains many practical ideas as well as numerous color photographs and drawings that will help you achieve complete self-sufficiency.