The Little Veggie Patch Co, DIY Garden Projects

The Little Veggie Patch Co, DIY Garden Projects

Easy Activities for Edible Gardening and Backyard Fun

Book - 2016
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The Little Veggie Patch Company is a Melbourne based business that specializes in everything that encompasses the edible garden. From the design, installation and maintenance of home, school and corporate veggie patches, to everything you will need to care for them, they are dedicated to helping people learn the skills of how easy it is to grow their own food and have fun doing so, no matter the space, size or lifestyle. They also pride themselves on creating gardening-related projectsthat use recycled materials in new inspired ways that add a personal element to every corner of your outdoor space.

The Little Veggie Patch DIY Garden Projects includes over 38 of their best projects for those young and old wanting to transform their outdoor living space. It is broken into 6 categories from Kids, Recycled/Upcyled, X-Factor, Vertical Gardening, Gardening basics and Kitchen, and includes a variety of projects for experienced handy folk to quirky ideas that will involve the youngest members of the family. Projects range from the incredibly quick and simple, such as a self-watering milk-carton planter, how to grow micro-herbs and milk-crate planter boxes to large-scale building projects such as making vertical gardens from pallets and how to build an ultimate playhouse from recycled apple crates. Complete with a collection of recipes for what to do with produce in the kitchen truly makes this the ultimate gardeners companion. Written in a personable, approachable style with stories to accompany each project as well as clear step-by-step instructions with colorful photographs to match, The Little Veggie Patch crew will inspire the green-thumb in every reader.
Publisher: Richmond, Victoria :, Hardie Grant Books,, 2016
ISBN: 9781743790991
1743790996
Characteristics: 270 pages :,color illustrations
Additional Contributors: Laurie, John
Seitchik-Reardon, Dillon

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Aug 23, 2017

From Down Under, two designers offer children-focused projects as well as ones for adults. Recycling is a major theme with a very easy "greenhouse" project for kids, moving up to a tall playhouse by repurposing apple crates. One of the authors has two adorable daughters who pop up in the photos. Most of the projects are creative and have a Difficulty/Materials sidebar for quick scoping. The encouragingly worded, DIY irrigation build out makes this investment seem do-able. That said, there are a couple projects that fell flat: using rain gutters as planters looks cool, except when you realize how much attention and watering will be required (shallow depth), and building out a tower for hops seems far more complicated than just giving them a sturdy trellis to climb on, along with good pruning. The final chapter moves into other ideas: recipes using your garden produce and seed-saving tips. Some US/Aussie vocab, where American readers learn that red worms = tiger worms; coolers = eskys; popsicle = icy pole; golden raisins = sultanas. Minor nitpicking: the use of white text on images is occasionally hard to read; the playful tone sometimes comes across as too cutesy.

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