Best Outdoor & Recreational Area Gardening Books

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1. 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide (Creative Homeowner) Fences, Chicken Coops, Sheds, Gardening, and More for Becoming Self-Sufficient

Author: by David Toht
Creative Homeowner
English
256 pages

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Learn all about how to build sheds, feeders, fences, and other backyard structures to enhance your sustainable living! Garden structures: Raised beds, planters and arbors, self-watering beds, grow-light stand, soil blocks Fences and pens: Fence post basics, picket fence, solar electric fence, installing and stretching fences, hen pen and hurdle, gates, PVC hen pen Housing chickens: Basics for housing chickens, building a coop and run, complete material and cutting lists, exploded views, building an A-frame chicken tractor Building sheds: Basics for building, goat shed, saltbox garden shed, backyard-homestead shop, roofing alternatives Solar and wind power: Compressor and gearbox windmills, how solar works, erecting a windmill, installing a solar power system Aquaponics and hydroponics: Understanding aquaponics, understanding hydroponics, basics of a DIY aquaponic system, how to install a hydroponic system Building beehives: Langstroth beehive, Warr beehive, top-bar beehive (aka the Kenyan or Tanzanian beehive), step-by-step building instructions and exploded views Plumbing and wiring: Plumbing basics, ground-fault circuit interrupters, freeze-proof watering options, outdoor wiring, supplemental lighting A companion volume to Backyard Homesteading, 40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead provides details on how to build more than 40 projects to enhance your sustainable living.


2. The Self-Sufficient Backyard

Author: by Ron
English
266 pages
1732557160

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Ron and Johanna are what some people call modern day pioneers. Ever since the late 1970s they’ve been surviving and thriving off-the-grid: Growing their own food year-round Collecting enough water for drinking, cooking and bathing with Making their own natural remedies from backyard plants Heating the house and getting hot water practically for free And generating the electricity needed by their entire homestead from solar and wind Plus, manymany others!

In their new book The Self-Sufficient Backyard: For the Independent Homesteaders they share the homesteading and self-sufficiency knowledge they’ve acquired over 40 years for the first time. This is simply a must-have for anyone interested in going off-the grid or just saving and making some money on their own property.And it all ads up!

Ron and Johanna don’t have a big pension to fall back on but they still manage to make a more than decent living just with what their tiny acre homestead produces. That’s how little you really need to be self-sufficient in modern day America.


3. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!

Author: by Carleen Madigan
Storey Publishing, LLC
English
368 pages

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This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

Also available in this series: The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner, The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, and The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How.


4. The Backyard Homestead Seasonal Planner: What to Do & When to Do It in the Garden, Orchard, Barn, Pasture & Equipment Shed

Author: by Ann Larkin Hansen
Storey Publishing, LLC
English
208 pages

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This hardworking addition to the best-selling Backyard Homestead series offers expert advice on what tasks to do around your farm and when to do them no matter where on the planet you call home. Author Ann Larkin Hansen sets the priorities for each area of the farm, including the barn, garden, orchard, field, pasture, and woodlot.

For every critical turn of the year (12 in all), Hansen provides an at-a-glance to-do list along with tips and a more in-depth discussion of key topics for the season. Easy-reference charts, checklists, and record-keeping sections help you keep track of it all.

Also available in this series: The Backyard Homestead, The Backyard Homestead Book of Building Projects, The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals, and The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How.


5. National Wildlife Federation(R): Attracting Birds, Butterflies, and Other Backyard Wildlife, Expanded Second Edition (Creative Homeowner) 17 Projects & Step-by-Step Instructions to Give Back to Nature

Author: by David Mizejewski
Design Originals
English
176 pages

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Make your backyard more nature-friendly by providing habitats for the local wildlife! From the National Wildlife Federation, the largest U.S. Nonprofit conservation organization, with 6 million members and 51 state and territorial affiliated organizations 17 step-by-step projects that everyone can do together make getting your family back to nature easy, educational, and fun Over 200 color photos of backyard wildlife habitats and the wide variety of creatures they attract, plus step-by-step photos and illustrations for family projects Learn wildlife-friendly practices for gardening, landscape design, supplemental feeders, birdbaths, nesting places, and more Learn how to attract backyard pollinators, from bees and butterflies to beetles, bats, and hummingbirds Get your garden certified by the National Wildlife Federation’s Garden for Wildlife(TM) program by following the included certification application checklist Your backyard can come alive by creating an environment with plants and spaces that attract nature’s most interesting and friendly creatures!


6. The Kinfolk Garden: How to Live with Nature

Author: by John Burns
ISBN: 978-1579659844
Published at: Artisan (October 27, 2020)

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In this gorgeous, aspirational work, Burns, editor-in-chief of Kinfolk magazine, collects stories about nature as nourishment’ along with photographs from homes across the globe to inspire people to bring more nature into their own abodes…. Expertly evoking a mood of understated luxury, this stunning spread will have design junkies drooling.

Publishers Weekly A gardener with a secret oasis on a Parisian rooftop. An artist making faux flowers to brighten Manhattan apartments. A family of ranchers rewilding the American outback. Anchored around the idea of nature as nourishment, The Kinfolk Garden explores lush gardens and plantfilled homes around the world and introduces the inspiring people who coax them into bloom.

Through visits to friends old and new, the Kinfolk team learns the secrets to a good garden, and what good a garden can do for our self-care, creativity and communities. Though many of the people we meet along the way champion the idea of following natural instincts rather than a set of prescriptive garden rules, there are practical tips throughout the book that offer advice on everything from growing your own produce to foraging for artful arrangements to simply keeping your houseplants alive a little longer than usual.


7. Growing Your Own Tea Garden: The Guide to Growing and Harvesting Flavorful Teas in Your Backyard (CompanionHouse Books) Create Your Own Blends to Manage Stress, Boost Immunity, Soothe Headaches & More

Author: by Jodi Helmer
CompanionHouse Books
English
144 pages

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You love to drink tea. Why not grow your own? Over 60 diverse plants that make great tea, including the classic tea plant and dozens of flavorful leaves, flowers, fruits, and roots 9 fun garden designs, including immunity-boosting, headache-soothing, relaxation-inducing, and hangover-curing Best cultivation practices and how to plant, maintain, harvest, and enjoy a productive backyard tea garden Recipes for teas to make from your new garden, such as Calendula Sun Tea, Refreshing Hibiscus Tea, and Sleepytime Tea Tea 101, from learning the differences between green tea and white tea to how to properly dry and store your bounty If you’ve ever considered raising your own tea, this comprehensive guide is the place to start!

Growing Your Own Tea Garden is packed with inspiration and practical instructions for cultivating and enjoying delicious teas from a variety of plants in your own personal tea garden. You don’t have to be an avid gardener: Author Jodi Helmer, a food and farming journalist, provides all the information you need to plan and plant a healthy, bountiful backyard tea garden, with nine suggested garden designs and useful cultivation advice.


8. Planting the Natural Garden

Author: by Piet Oudolf
Timber Press
English
288 pages

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If the world of gardening has rock stars, Piet Oudolf qualifies as Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and Prince rolled into one. Gardenista The original publication of Planting the Natural Garden ushered in a revolution in landscape design: the New Perennial Movement.

Spearheaded by internationally renowned designer Piet Oudolf, and incisively articulated by the late plantsman and designer Henk Gerritsen, it transformed private and public spaces with its emotionally resonant, naturalistic use of hardy perennials and grasses. Now this classic has been expanded and updated to include scores of new plants and combinations.

Packed with practical information and visual inspiration, Planting the Natural Garden zeroes in on the New Perennial Movement’s power to move us, making its distinctive plant palette available to all. For enthusiasts of these vibrant landscapes, it is an essential text; for gardeners who love the dreamy moods and colors that Oudolf and Gerritsen celebrate, it’s the key to a magic kingdom of garden beauty.


9. A Good Man with a Dog: A Game Warden's 25 Years in the Maine Woods

Author: by Roger Guay
B01DV1Y91A
Skyhorse (April 19, 2016)
April 19, 2016

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A Maine Literary Awards Finalist, A Good Man with a Dog follows a game warden’s adventures from the woods of Maine to the swamps of New Orleans. Follow along as he and his canine companions investigate murder, search for missing persons, and rescue survivors from natural disasters.

This is a memoir that reads like a true crime novel. Roger Guay takes readers into the patient, watchful world of a warden catching poachers and protecting pristine wilderness, and the sometimes CSI-like reconstruction of deer- and moose-poaching scenes. When Guay’s father died in a tragic fishing accident, a kind game warden helped him through the loss.

Inspired by this experience, as well as his love of the outdoors, he became a game warden. Guay searches for lost hunters and hikers. He estimates that over the years, he has pulled more than two hundred bodies out of Maine’s north woods!

His frequent companion is a little brown Labrador retriever named Reba, who can find discarded weapons, ejected shells, hidden fish, and missing people. A Good Man with a Dog explores Guay’s life as he and his canine partners are exposed to terrible events, from tracking down hostile poachers to searching for victims of violent crimes, including a year-long search for the hidden graves of two babies buried by a Massachusetts cult.

10. Patina Farm

Author: by Steve Giannetti
Gibbs Smith
English
176 pages

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A new farm home blending modern lines and materials with French antiques. When Brooke and Steve Giannetti decided to leave their suburban Santa Monica home to build a new life on a farm, they looked into themselves, and traveled to Belgium and France, for inspiration.

Brooke’s inviting prose combines with 200 photographs and Steve’s architectural drawings to show their inspirations, their materials selections, and the enviable result of their team effort and creativity: an idyllic farm in California’s Ojai Valley. We see every corner of the family home, guesthouse, lush gardens, and delightful animal quarters.

Steve Giannetti is a renowned architect, and Brooke is an interior decorator and writer of the design blog Velvet and Linen. They also own Giannetti Home, a store that sells furniture and products for the home in their signature Patina style.

The couple’s work has been featured in the Veranda, Coastal Living, Good Housekeeping, the New York Times. They are the authors of Patina Style.

11. Garden Ponds, Fountains & Waterfalls for Your Home: Designing, Constructing, Planting (Creative Homeowner) Step-by-Step Sequences & Over 400 Photos to Landscape Your Garden with Water, Plants, & Fish

Author: by Editors of Creative Homeowner
Design Originals
English
256 pages

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All the inspiration and information you need to create your own home water garden! Over 490 color photographs and illustrations provide inspiration and direction for constructing water garden structures Easy step-by-step sequences and instructions for pond foundations, moving-water features, pond cleaning, troubleshooting, and more Practical advice on every consideration of planning your water gardensize, style, light, location, climate, slopes, materials, configuration, and more All types of home water gardens are covered, from naturalistic to formal, plus fountains, waterfalls, streams, and bog gardens Aquatic plants, fish, and other pond inhabitants are covered in depth, from koi, tench, and frogs to herons, dragonflies, and snails, plus which nuisance insects to be on the alert for Bridges and stepping-stones are included, with tools & materials lists and design instructions Find historical inspiration from Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome, Persia, China, Japan, and Europe with an overview of water gardens throughout history Beautifully illustrated with over 490 lush photographs, Garden Ponds, Fountains & Waterfalls for Your Home provides essential information on designing and installing all types of home water gardens, from naturalistic to formal, plus fountains, waterfalls, streams, and bog gardens.

12. Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls (Creative Homeowner) Design Ideas with Step-by-Step DIY Instructions and More Than 500 Photos for Brick, Mortar, Concrete, Flagstone, & Tile (Landscaping)

Author: by Editors of Creative Homeowner
1580114849
Design Originals
English

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Get all the ideas and how-to information you need to integrate popular hardscape designs into your home landscape! Dozens of design ideas you can use in your yardOver 500 photographs and how-to illustrations to help you improve your landscapeEasy-to-follow, step-by-step sequences on the most popular landscape projectsTools & materials lists for each projectLearn how to set pavers in a sand-and-gravel baseCreate a new patio with tile or stone atop a mortar baseBuild a wall that will stand the test of timeDesigning the outside of the home adds to curb-side appeal, creates ambiance, and increases the value of your home.

Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls provides the homeowner with all the information you need to integrate popular hardscape designs into the overall home landscape. Included are ideas for brick, mortar, and concrete walks and patios; flagstone and tile patios; and brick and mortared stone walls.

Lavish color photographs provide design inspiration, while the extensive how-to section provides easy-to-follow information. With over 500 photos and illustrations, Ultimate Guide: Walks, Patios & Walls contains all the design and technical information you need to enhance your landscape and outdoor living areas with walkways, patios, and garden walls.

13. Building Outdoor Kitchens for Every Budget (Creative Homeowner) DIY Instructions and Over 300 Photos to Bring Attractive, Functional Kitchens within Reach of Budget-Conscious Homeowners

Author: by Steve Cory
1580115373
Creative Homeowner
English

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An outdoor kitchen is within your reach! DIY instructions are highly accessible to carefully guide you through all aspects of constructioneven cutting and installing a granite countertopHow to save money, even if you have yours installed by a pro, by choosing materials and appliances that really perform without breaking the bankGrills, ovens, fire pits, storage, counters, refrigerators, sinks, side burners, pergolas, awnings, and moreThe latest designs and the most popular finish materials that will enable you to achieve a beautiful and durable outdoor kitchen within a range of budgetsEveryone wants an outdoor kitchen, but most people think they can’t afford one…

This book will fix that! Incorporating lots of design ideas, plenty of dream kitchens for inspiration, step-by-step instruction, and clear how-to photographs, Building Outdoor Kitchens for Every Budget shows the budget-conscious homeowner how you can bring attractive and functional outdoor kitchens within your reach.

14. Escapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats

Author: by Colin McAllister
English
256 pages
1773271245

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Colin McAllister and Justin RyanScottish interior designers, TV hosts, and property speculatorsare cabin aficionados who divide their time between homes in Canada and their beloved Scotland. IEscapology: Modern Cabins, Cottages and Retreats is a stunning book of modern-day retreatsbucolic weekend escapes by the sea, remote getaways in the woods, and rustic mountain hideoutsto inspire peaceful and quiet living.

The authors genuinely believe that cabin time has a remarkably positive impact on our health, wellbeing and our happiness. Whether it’s a rustic cottage nestled deep within a Nordic forest, a robust mountain lodge in Montana, a breathtaking treehouse in Canada, or a steel-walled, one-room hotel in Denmark, these retreats share one vital aspect in common: they proffer the chance to escape and to and live in harmony with nature, far from the madding crowd.

Part style bible and lifestyle manual, the book features a beautiful collection of classic and contemporary cottages and cabins, each accompanied by an informative design profile and beautifully photographed images. And of course, the book is also packed with practical building and design advice that fans of Colin and Justin have grown to love.

15. Ultimate Guide: Decks, 5th Edition: 30 Projects to Plan, Design, and Build (Creative Homeowner) Over 700 Photos & Illustrations, with Step-by-Step Instructions on Adding the Perfect Deck to Your Home

Author: by Editors of Creative Homeowner
Design Originals
English
400 pages

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This is the ultimate guide to adding the perfect deck! 30 deck projects include complete plans and materials lists Over 700 step-by-step photos and illustrations in full color highlight clear, concise, friendly text How to add the perfect deckwhether doing it yourself or working with a contractor Composite decking included in this updated 5th edition, with new photos and new information Master deck builders created and provided the included designs Decks continue to be one of the most popular additions to homes today as more and more homeowners seek to enjoy outdoor living and expand living space.

Ultimate Guide: Decks, 5th Edition leads you through the process of designing and building a deck, whether as a do-it-yourself project or when wanting to better understand how to work with a contractor. Inside, you can choose from 30 designs created by master deck builders, with complete plans, materials lists, and hundreds of step-by-step color photographs that highlight the clear, concise, and friendly text.

16. French Country Cottage

Author: by Courtney Allison
English
224 pages
1423648927

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A romantic interpretation of French country style in a California cottage. With beautiful photography and tale about a little forgotten house that could, Courtney shares the story of her renovation of a 1940’s cottage in the California countryside. An abandoned vacation house, set in the center of rolling fields and trees becomes the cottage home of her dreams…

A French country style cottage filled with original elements and an exquisite mix of rustic and refined. The years of renovation allowed Courtney to create a lifestyle that is fueled by inspiration & beauty, a touch of whimsy, and an abundance of everyday elegance.

The journey has been shared on her popular blog French Country Cottage, and now, through the publication of her first book, her readers will experience a reveal of more of her home and property and the inspirations behind her beloved style.

Courtney’s inspiring photography reveals every nuance of her style and home including a muted color palette, old brassy door knobs, chippy paint, antiques, her greenhouse and garden- and an abundance of entertaining and holiday decorating style. Blurring the lines between indoor and outdoors and embracing well worn as well loved, French Country Cottage is a style that celebrates simplicity, indulges in romance, cherishes pieces with history and believes a chandelier and fresh flowers belong in every room.