40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide

40 Projects for Building Your Backyard Homestead: A Hands-on, Step-by-Step Sustainable-Living Guide

by David Toht


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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 readers' sustainable living. Even if they are only moderately handy, they’ll discover the tools and techniques for building their own feeders, fences, and structures. In the process, they’ll save money and have the satisfaction of doing it themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580117104
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Series: Gardening
Edition description: First
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 46,482
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.80(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 9 Years

About the Author

Dave Toht, once the proud owner of eight brown-egg biddies, has more than 60 how-to books to this credit, including the best-selling Backyard Homesteading. He considers harvesting a sun-warmed tomato from his own garden one of life's sweetest pleasures. He and his wife, Rebecca, live in Olympia, Washington.

Table of Contents

Garden structures

- raised beds

- arbors

- bottom-watered boxes and variations

- vertical gardening

- rooftop gardening

- tool maintenance, organizing

Fences and pens

- gates

- wire fences

- wooden fences (wind break, privacy)

- electric fences

- deer-proof fences

- pens for chickens

Basic coop building

-step-by-step small coop

-step-by-step big coop


-nesting boxes

-step-by-step chicken tractor

Step-by-step shed building

- foundation

- framing

- cladding

- roofing

- step-by-step large shed

- step-by-step goat shed

- goat manger

- setting up a homesteading shop

Wind power

- options

- water pumping

- electrical generation

Solar power

- inatalling solar panels


- pond and tank options

- fish

- feed

- filtering

- irrigation


- do-it-yourself systems

- off-the-shelf options

Building beehives

- Langstroth

- top bar

- Warre

Farmyard plumbing

- soldering basics

- workjing with PVC pipe

- quick plumbing repairs

- underground pipes

- freeze protection for spigots

- drip and other irrigation

Farmyard wiring

- underground lines

- GFCI protection

- lighting

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