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251.

SO YOU WANT TO START A NURSERY

Tony Avent
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

When Tony Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit …

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When Tony Avent announced that he was quitting his job to build a specialty nursery, his former horticulture professor begged his student to reconsider, telling him he couldn't possibly make a profit "without doing something illegal." More than 10 years and 20 nursery catalogs later, Avent owns a thriving national business with nearly 30 employees. He wrote So You Want to Start a Nursery to debunk myths about the ornamental-plants nursery business and what it takes to succeed, whether you're a backyard hobbyist or a wholesale grower. (And he still has a clean arrest record.)

Assuming that the reader has some basic knowledge about how plants are grown, Avent focuses on the business and planning concerns of the nursery owner. While recounting humorous stories of his baptism by fire as a beginning nurseryman, Avent also provides a primer on the nursery industry as a whole, with discussions of the merits and disadvantages of retail, wholesale, mail-order and liner operations, to name just a few. Readers of this book will obtain the tools they need to make a business plan of their own. This book is a must-read for horticulture students, industry insiders and advanced gardeners who dream of turning their passion for plants into a job they love.

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52 PREPPER PROJECTS

David Nash
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Are you and your family self-reliant? Will you be able to provide for them and keep them safe? The best way to prepare for the future is not through fancy tools and gadgets … it's through the cultivat…

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Are you and your family self-reliant? Will you be able to provide for them and keep them safe? The best way to prepare for the future is not through fancy tools and gadgets … it's through the cultivation and retention of experience and knowledge that will best equip you to handle the unexpected.

Everyone begins somewhere, especially with disaster preparedness. In 52 Prepper Projects, you'll find a project for every week of the year, designed to start you off with the foundations of disaster preparedness and taking you through a variety of projects that will increase your knowledge in self-reliance and help you acquire the actual know-how to prepare for anything.

Self-reliance isn't about building a bunker and waiting for the end of the world. It's about understanding the necessities in life and gaining the knowledge and skill sets that will make you better prepared for whatever life throws your way. The ultimate instructional guide to preparedness, 52 Prepper Projects is a must-have book for those with their eye on the future.

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HANDMADE GATHERINGS

Ashley English
Hardcover

Price: $34.95

From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find 16 parti…

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From the décor, to the entertainment, on down to the recipes themselves, Handmade Gatherings presents inspired suggestions for thoughtful, flavorful, festive communal dining. Here you'll find 16 parties built around the rhythm of the seasons. Frosty winter fêtes, lush springtime soirées, sultry summer get-togethers, and crisp autumn affairs … it's all here! Food, décor, crafts, and more are part of each event, all collectively assembled and executed. Throw memorable gatherings with your loved ones, enjoy the food, connect with your community, and get caught up in the splendor of it all.

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GRIT GUIDE TO HOMESTEAD DIY PROJECTS

GRIT
Paperback

Price: $6.99

In this newest addition to the Barnyard Series, you'll discover information on making raised garden beds; building a chicken tractor; constructing your own workbench; and much more. The Guide to Homestead DIY Projects contains easy, do-it-yourself projects ranging from homemade tomato cages and chicken feeders, to plans for building a garden shed or root cellar.

Whether you want to improve your garden, care for your livestock, or just kick your feet up, this guide covers it all. Learn how to build a better trellis, a hay feeder for smaller livestock, or a porch swing using recycled wood pallets.

Other articles include:

  • 3 Easy-to-Build Outdoor Benches – Build one or more of these attractive outdoor benches, sized to fit your needs.
  • How to Build a Hitching Post – Keep your livestock under control with this DIY project.
  • Backyard Bread Oven – Build this easy adobe cooker in a weekend.
  • Build a Compost Tumbler – Rapidly rot your way to rich and healthy garden soil.
  • How to Build a Stone Culvert – Learn how to build a stone culvert with dry-stacked and flared wing walls to divert water.
  • Quonset Hut Homestead – In two months, and for less than $35K, one couple created a self-sufficient homestead.

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GRIT COMPLETE GUIDE TO THE WOODLOT

GRIT
Paperback

Price: $6.99

In this guide you'll discover information on managing your forest, how to choose a woodstove, making money from your wooded acres, and much more. The Complete Guide to the Woodlot explores ways to get…

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In this guide you'll discover information on managing your forest, how to choose a woodstove, making money from your wooded acres, and much more. The Complete Guide to the Woodlot explores ways to get the most out of your woods, from the science of stacking firewood and choosing the best wood for burning to picking the best chainsaw and selling timber from your land.

Whether you want to heat your home with wood, grill with wood chunks, or pick the perfect log splitter, this guide covers it all. Learn how to build a kitchen island, make your own wooden shakes, or maintain your property with a chipper-shredder.

Other articles include:

  • The Time-Honored Art of Splitting Wood: Once you’ve mastered the tools and techniques, splitting wood by hand can be a pleasure.
  • The Art of Coppicing: This ancient technique lets forests produce timber without killing trees.
  • How to Make a Homemade Fire Starter: A few ordinary household items can be combined to easily create a starter for your fireplace.
  • When to Choose Wood Heat: For some households, heating with wood is a smart, sustainable option. Learn about the benefits and costs of using a woodstove to heat your home.
  • Home Lumber Mill: Crafting Dimensional Sawed Timbers: Portable sawmills let you use your lumber from your land.
  • Profit With a Portable Sawmill Business: Learn how to generate money for the homestead by processing wood, custom cutting lumber, and more.

256.

WINDOW SOLAR HEAT GRABBER BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $10.00

You can build your own solar panel with this Mother Earth News blueprint. This solar heat box attaches to the outside of a windowsill to harness the sun. This easy-to-follow blueprint includes photog…

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You can build your own solar panel with this Mother Earth News blueprint. This solar heat box attaches to the outside of a windowsill to harness the sun. This easy-to-follow blueprint includes photographs, wiring instructions and airflow diagrams. Includes a list of materials and step-by-step instructions for a successful DIY project.

You can read more about the solar heat grabber here.

DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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FIREWOOD LOG SPLITTER BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $18.00

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Build this top-quality, portable and versatile log splitter from used and fabricated parts. Capable of…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $30.00. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Build this top-quality, portable and versatile log splitter from used and fabricated parts. Capable of splitting logs as big as 2 feet in diameter and 21 inches long. With this Mother Earth News blueprint you'll be able to pull this rig on full-sized, heavy-duty trailer tires. The blueprint includes a materials list and step-by-step instructions. Advanced mechanical skills are recommended.


The Firewood Log Splitter Blueprint is also available as a downloadable e-book.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

258.

WOOD-GAS GENERATOR BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $15.00

Assemble this wood-gas generator from recycled water heaters. Convert an internal combustion engine (100-cubic-inch or greater displacement) into your own home energy system or use the generator to ru…

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Assemble this wood-gas generator from recycled water heaters. Convert an internal combustion engine (100-cubic-inch or greater displacement) into your own home energy system or use the generator to run a truck. This blueprint includes materials list, step-by-step instructions and black-and-white photos. Advanced mechanical and metalworking skills recommended.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

259.

WIND-DRIVEN ELECTRICAL GENERATOR BLUEPRINT

Marshall Price
Blueprint

Price: $14.21

CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $20.00. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Build a wind-powered electrical generator with this blueprint. Engineering diagrams include blade fabrication, gene…

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CLEARANCE ITEM. PREVIOUS RETAIL PRICE WAS $20.00. AVAILABLE ONLY WHILE SUPPLIES LAST!

Build a wind-powered electrical generator with this blueprint. Engineering diagrams include blade fabrication, generator and gearbox coupling, governor and speed controls. This blueprint includes a materials list and 10 pages of photographs. No step-by-step instruction. This is a very advanced do-it-yourself project.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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EARTH-SHELTERED HOME BLUEPRINT


Blueprint

Price: $20.00

Learn to build the small earth-bermed and energy-efficient home that was featured in issues 84 to 87 of Mother Earth News. This DIY project blueprint includes six pages of construction drawings with f…

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Learn to build the small earth-bermed and energy-efficient home that was featured in issues 84 to 87 of Mother Earth News. This DIY project blueprint includes six pages of construction drawings with framing, rafter, block layout, plumbing, electrical and all structural details.


DISCLAIMER

It is your responsibility to make sure that any project you undertake is safe, effective and legal for your situation. All Ogden Publications blueprints are offered AS IS for information and entertainment purposes only. No warranties are expressed or implied. By using this information or this blueprint you agree to hold Ogden Publications harmless from any damages or injuries of any kind that might result from errors, omissions or other causes.

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