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Handmade for the garden : 75 ingenious ways to enhance your outdoor space with DIY tools, pots, supports, embellishments & more
2014
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Guagliumi, author of many books on knitting (Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters), takes a trip to the garden with this lovely book. Chapters are arranged to follow the gardening year. Early season projects involve making newspaper cups for seedlings, seed tapes, coverings, and planting tools. Some sections are weak-the one on painting and altering terra cotta pots is a little less adventurous, and the part about making concrete containers and building plant supports lacks needed detail-while other sections shine (the areas devoted to making sieves, garden baskets, and gift seed packages are quite well done). Step-by-step illustrations are only sporadically provided, though instructions are well written. A better choice for readers learning to make concrete containers is Sherri Warner Hunter's Creative Concrete Ornaments for the Garden: Making Pots, Planters, Birdbaths, Sculptures & More; those seeking information on plant supports and related structures would be best served by Trellises, Planters & Raised Beds: 50 Easy, Unique, and Useful Projects You Can Make with Common Tools and Materials. VERDICT Despite some flaws, this pretty, fresh work would round out any garden project collection. Recommended. (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Summary
The DIY craze has moved beyond the craft room, into the kitchen and outside to the garden. In Handmade for the Garden, Susan Guagliumi shares a treasure trove of original projects that she has been perfecting over the last 10 years in her garden. Relying on easy-to-find and repurposed materials, Guagliumi presents projects that not only make planting and growing efficient and successful but also add a personal touch to the garden-scape. Among the more than 50 DIY projects are newspaper seedling pots; mini hothouses; painted, stamped and stenciled terracotta pots and mosaic stepping stones. Gardeners of all skills levels will be inspired to experiment with form and function to discover creative, artful ways to personalise and beautify their gardens with handmade objects.
Table of Contents
Introductionp. 4
Chapter 1Early Season Gardeningp. 8
Chapter 2Pottingp. 32
Chapter 3Mosaicsp. 76
Chapter 4Cement & Hypertufap. 88
Chapter 5Standing Tall: Single Supports, Tripods & Tuteursp. 116
Chapter 6Rustic Trellises, Fences, Arbors & Box Supportsp. 140
Chapter 7Off-Season: Projects & Planningp. 158
Sources for Suppliesp. 201
Recommended Readingp. 206
Acknowledgmentsp. 206
Indexp. 207
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