Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest

book-jacketWhat do you get the gardener in your life for Christmas?  Personally, I’d love a polytunnel, but I don’t think Father Christmas can fit one of those in his sleigh.

I’d also be happy with this new book: Build a Better Vegetable Garden – 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest.

Written by Joyce and Ben Russell, this would make a great stocking filler for any vegetable grower.

It isn’t really a growing guide (you probably have dozens of those already) but more of a DIY manual for gardeners. It’s full of innovative ideas and practical projects for kitting out your plot with all sorts of home-made constructions  from compost bins, to slug-repellent planters, raised beds, fruit cages and even a drying cabinet.

All the projects have a difficulty rating and an estimation of how long they take to make. There’s also a helpful list of tools, in case, like me you don’t know your mitre box from your bradawl. (Don’t worry some of the projects involve little more than a hammer and some wood.)

I’ve already made one of the projects – a leafmould container (to be honest, unhusband did most of it but only because I was busy planting new fruit canes.)  But I’ve already half-filled it with leaves, which means it’s time for a mince pie or two.

I reckon this book would be welcome in any gardener’s stocking this year. Or just buy it for yourself.  (I’d still like a polytunnel though.)

Build a Better Vegetable Garden: 30 DIY Projects to Improve your Harvest by Joyce and Ben Russell is available now for £16.99 from Amazon and others. Published by Frances Lincoln.

About Becky Dickinson

Mum of three. Writer, blogger, grower. Trying to keep my head above the compost heap.

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  1. Wish I’d seen this before xmas, would have put it on my list.
    I have a couple of projects for this year so might put details on my blog


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