Home & Garden

DIY bookHome: This just might be the only home repair book you’ll ever buy. I have the 2000 edition that was given to me by my mum and dad as a house-warming present when I bought my first house. It has been a terrific gift that has just kept on giving over the years as I have become seasoned enough to appreciate it. My partner likewise also holds it in high regard. This home DIY manual deals with several topics on house maintenance and renovation, a lot of which most newbies won’t usually dare even start, for example, remodelling the layout of a room, fixing a roof, and even remodelling bathrooms. However, these are jobs that all property owners ought to, at least to some degree, be informed about before hiring an outside expert to do the job. Of all the books I evaluated for this review (lots!), this book was the most detailed. You might not be planning to transform your garage into a workshop, but the book provides comprehensive information on how to go about fitting out your work area with the right equipment. For instance, the book details how nine different saw-types are used and why you should have them. Of course nowadays a lot of the information in this book can be gleaned from disparate sources on the internet, and picking the right power tool for a job can often be done by comparing the different types available, but the book just makes that whole decision process more efficient. Take for example the book’s instruction on circular saws, it provides general information on how and where to use them, but then if you need to actually go about buying a power circular saw then you are better off comparing the different saws by visiting a specialist website that has analysed the different power saw brands. Nevertheless, the book provides all the general information in one place for getting through a DIY project so you don’t have to waste time trying to understand how best to get it finished. One word of warning, however, is that if you’re the type to be quickly swamped when presented with excessive information, then this book just might not be for you and you might be more comfortable with a more simplified DIY book from, for instance, the “The Complete Idiot’s Guide” collection. No subliminal insult intended! 🙂

Chairs by Judith Miller‘Chairs’ written by Judith Miller. Sign into the amazon marketplace and key in ‘chair design’ and you are going to be furnished with lots of publications to select from, however there are 2 good reasons that this particular book will catch your eye. The first reason is the digital photography provided by Nick Pope. Often times this kind of publication is filled with a hodgepodge of stock images making it seem  somewhat of a brochure. However in this book a lot of attention has actually been devoted to photography of each and every one of the 100-plus chairs, usually accompanied by additional shots emphasizing their essential features. The second reason this book will standout is the verse. Miller has provided ample space to set out each one of the chairs within its own historical context and then evaluate them in a manner that is observative without being too formalistic.

New Urban Farmer by Celia Brooks BrownCultivating your very own veggies and fruit has certainly never been a much more trendy activity, however it is much more than a modern impulse. Folks are excavating their back gardens to cultivate their very own and acquiring allotments; the National Trust is establishing 1,000 fresh plots in the following 3 years to provide for the expanding numbers of fans. Nowadays we would like to consume organic produce and we have to consume in a financially prudent manner, so producing your own makes good sense. From her N. London allotment, Celia Brooks Brown provides real-life stories of her experiences in edible plant growing, like the pleasure of finding the very first developing spears of asparagus in early spring, the cope snails and slugs for the brassicas and what exactly to grow to assist in filling The Hungry Gap in the late winter season. With the New Urban Farmer, Celia shares her horticultural know-how, acquired from undertaking her allotment in November 2005 and developed through a mix of hard work, experimentation, and recommendations from the various other allotmenteers. This expertise has been distilled into a year-round horticultural publication that is part-journal, part-gardening guidebook and part-recipe with one objective: to encourage you to grow and appreciate your very own tasty homemade harvest.

The Manual of Seed Saving by Andrea HeistingerPlanting from seed has been a common technique employed by gardening enthusiasts, particularly among those who like to raise food plants. However, this ancient practice is becoming more popular in recent times mainly due to increasing worries pertaining to food supply security and the dissemination of genetically modified organisms. The Manual of Seed Saving, as its name suggests, is a handbook containing lots of relevant information on the best ways of preserving seeds from over a hundred plants. It also advocates conserving seed for the purpose of protecting one’s capital by obviating the need to purchase new batches of seed annually. Some seeds such as heirloom seeds (those that are preserved and passed down over decades) also must be saved, but also unique varieties of plants risk being lost if they are not preserved properly particularly when the very seed products from our own back yards are often those that flourish most effectively right where we reside having been naturally selected to suit that particular environment. Gardening enthusiasts will also be pleased with the fascinating gardening trivia found throughout the book. Although the publication is not one for picture-lovers, the style of the book is logically organised, making it simple to locate relevant information quickly.

Fragrant Plants by Lucy SummersThis book is a perfect intro into the allures of aromatic gardening as it provides pointers for aromatic flowers for any time of the year even in the midsts of the winter season when there can also be scent emanating from the back garden. The book is very user-friendly and well-organised for swift reference with each flower laid out in vibrant colour. Amateur garderners will certainly get all the growing, maintenance and breeding suggestions they require. Together with the obvious plants like roses and jasmines, there are not so common floras to try out such as the Eriobotrya Japonica, a plant that blossoms in the depths of winter that generates unusual aromatic blooms, exactly what’s required to make it through a drawn-out winter season.

LED Grow BookWhen it comes to LED grow lights, excited discussion is not unusual within the growing arena. Some folks are obvious supporters while others recoil in disgust choosing the conventional lighting units that have demonstrated their value over decades. Relevant information on the subject that can be found on the net is often misleading and it almost feels like each and every person has a distinct viewpoint of their own as to whether this modern technology has at long last overtaken the tried and tested conventional units. Remarkably, taking into account the degree of discourse encompassing them, it is tough to identify books which detail the present state of LED grow light technology and the best ways to set about utilizing them. A number of internet sites have certainly attempted to sort through this limitless well of data (for instance, LED Grow Lights) however, unless you are ready to invest unlimited quantities of time looking through a great number of web sites to obtain what are essentially identical facts, then this is a well-written publication that sums up almost every single thing you are required to learn when delving into the world of LED grow lights. This book is strongly recommended, particularly for anybody who is on the verge of beginning their quest into this perplexing subject!