“Build It Better Yourself”

“Build It Better Yourself”

An old dear friend of Marsh’s sent us a treasure: the 1977 classic from Rodale Press Build It Better Yourself, from when homesteading was a fresh ideal and ‘organic gardening’ was not yet just something suburban dabblers did around the edges of their TruGreen lawns when they weren’t driving to the mall in their humvees.

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And a treasure it is, with sections on indoor and outdoor gardening, food storage, concrete, fencing, walkways, bridges (!), outbuildings (for storage and for livestock), greenhouses, and more.

There are plans for a picnic table — hell-to-the-yes. That will replace the deer stand on our beautiful glacier-scoured outcrop at the earliest opportunity.

There are basic, basic instructions for foundations and wood frame construction that will not only provide us a working shed, but also inform the immediate rehab work in the house.

There is a perfect tutorial on pouring a concrete floor — something I have to do in our basement sooner rather than later.

There’s a section on repairing old outbuildings — refitting or reinforcing rotted floors, walls, beams, and roofs. Tips here will come in handy for the house itself.

Rabbit hutches! Bee hives! Doghouses!

Why am I indoors? Why are you!?

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