Small-space gardeners, find your start in Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet, packed with information on window boxes, potted plants, patio gardening, raised beds, small square-foot gardening, container gardening, and everything else related to growing your own small garden. Whether you want to grow a full garden, grow tomatoes, grow an herb garden, or just pick up great tips for small gardens, Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet is the resource you need.
Lifestyles: House to homestead
At a time when the grow-your-own food movement is booming, it can be frustrating for those who are eager to flex their green thumbs but lack the outdoor space to cultivate a sprawling home garden. With DK’s Grow All You Can Eat in 3 Square Feet, you can learn how to make the most of just three square feet (or less!) of growing space. This cheerful and encouraging guide takes you through the steps of assessing your plot’s light and soil conditions, choosing your best-bet crops and keeping your harvests plentiful throughout the entire growing season. With plenty of fun DIY projects like balcony saddlebags, ladder shelves and window boxes, plus helpful advice about the varieties of crops to grow (sun-loving, shade-tolerant, quick-growing, etc.) and how to best protect them against pests and disease, you’ll have a kitchen stocked with your own lovingly grown produce in no time—no matter how small your space.
FURNISH YOUR REBELLION
Inventive self-reliance is also a key theme in the next book, which calls for some imaginative upcycling. With gleeful mischief, craftsman and carpenter Will Holman’s Guerilla Furniture Design: How to Build Lean, Modern Furniture with Salvaged Materials wages war against the big-box stores by utilizing paper, wood, plastic and metal to create 35 practical pieces for every room—including handmade lamps, tables and chairs, coat racks and credenzas. Holman begins his intensive workshop (complete with detailed and easy-to-follow instructions) with a manifesto—a thoughtful, philosophical foundation for his subversive modus operandi. In this IKEA era, in which popular interior design trends are focused on furniture manufactured on a mass scale, Holman gives us the means to take back our appreciation of craftsmanship. With just a few simple tools, some inexpensive materials and a little rebellious spirit, Holman encourages us to get crafty for the greater good.
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Brit Morin has made a name for herself as “Silicon Valley’s Martha Stewart.” As the founder and CEO of Brit + Co., she has created an online support system for 21st-century women of all ages and encourages us to take pride in our identity as homemakers. With a promise of more than 1,000 creative solutions and projects for the home, Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation makes it possible to take pleasure in homely tasks so that we might cultivate a sense of domestic tranquility for ourselves. In a time when the majority of women are juggling full-time responsibilities both in the workplace and in the home, the concept of DIY never seemed like fun before Morin got her tough, yet beautifully manicured hands on it. Whether you’re looking for advice on poaching an egg, folding a napkin, determining your living room’s feng shui or concealing under-eye circles, Morin is the home-economics guru we’ve been waiting for. Best of all, she knows that we now live our lives on the “split levels” of real and virtual space. Homemakers shows us how to inhabit both regions with simplicity, freedom and grace.