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The permaculture book of DIY / Mike Abbott ... [et al.].
Publication Information:
East Meon, Hampshire : Permanent Publications, 2016.

Physical Description:
xi, 162 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm
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Permaculture is a low cost, environmental and creative approach to living. The Permaculture Book of DIY presents over 20 practical projects that show you how to cleverly recycle materials into useful and unique objects at low financial and environmental cost. Some projects can even be completed for free.

Want to spend more time enjoying your home and garden? With this diverse range of projects you could be growing vegetables in your own geodesic growdome, relaxing on a recycled wooden pallet garden bench whilst enjoying a cider from your very own cider press, or generating your own power with a self-installed solar panel!

Each project has been carefully tried and tested and is clearly laid out with step-by-step instructions and supporting photography and diagrams. It is suitable for anyone who wants to learn DIY skills, have fun and involve their kids too.

Learn how to make your own:

Solar food dryer

Self-watering raised bed

Pallet furniture

Wood-fired pizza oven

Rocket stove hot tub

and much more!

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vi
Aboutthe Authorsp. viii
Choosingand Preparing Palletsp. xi
1 Pallet Benchp. 1
John Adams explains how to build a comfortable, two seated garden bench using only scrap pallets and a handful of screws
2 Pallet Chairp. 7
John Adams shows you how to make a comfortable Adirondack style outdoor chair from reclaimed pallet timber
3 Solar Food Dryerp. 13
John Adams describes how he made a solar food dehydrator
4 Wicking Raised Bedp. 21
John Adams explains how to build a self-watering raised bed using pallets and other scavenged materials
5 Champion The Lumber Horsep. 29
Mike Abbott describes how to make a modern shaving house from recycled wood
6 Triple Bay Compost Binp. 37
John Adams describes how Mark Fisher made his stylish triple bay compost bin out of old pallets and left over materials
7 Installing Small Scale Solarp. 41
Fitting solar panels to your campervan or other off-grid structure needn't be daunting Here John Adams guides you through the planning stage and presents a case study of atypical installation
Solar PV Installation Case Studyp. 45
8 Rocket Stove Hot Tubp. 51
Alicia Taylor and Jamie Ash explain how to build a wood fired hot tub
9 Geodesic Growdomep. 57
Simon Mitchell shares his experience building experimental, low-cost geodesic growdomes
10 Durable Pig Arkp. 63
Stuart Anderson describes how he built a durable pig ark
11 Cider Press and Scratterp. 67
Peter Willis explains how to make an apple scratter and a press ... on a budget
12 Simple Wood Fired Ovenp. 75
Chris Southall, our self-reliant suburban permaculturist, shares his outdoor cooking design and build
13 Self-Watering Container Gardenp. 81
Mark Ridsdill Smith explains how to make a genuinely self-watering container garden which prevents your plants drying out and can double your yields
14 Paper Pottery Kilnp. 87
Lisa Gledhill explains some easy ways to make your own pottery, without it costing the earth
15 'Bespoke' Wind Turbinep. 93
Beth Tilston and Will Harley offer a step by step guide to building a wind turbine from a bicycle wheel
16 Weave a Woollen Underblanketp. 101
John Adams explains how a simple rag rug technique can be adapted to make really wonderful underblankets and woollen rugs
17 Heating Water with Compostp. 107
Steve Hanson explains how to make enough heat for five showers a day from a pile of compost
18 Collecting and Cleaning Waterp. 111
Chris Southall tackles rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling at his home
19 Reciprocal Framed Roofsp. 117
Legendary low impact roundhouse builder, Tony Wrench, describes his latest building methods for low cost dens and dwellings
20 Making Homemade Paintsp. 131
Award winning cob building pioneers, Adam and Katy Weismann, share their low cost recipes for beautiful natural paints
21 Solar Electric Bikesp. 141
Michel Daniek explains how to transform your humble steed into a solar powered electric bike
22 Bentwood Chairp. 147
Ben Law describes how to construct attractive and comfortable garden chairs from small diameter coppiced roundwood
23 Natural Swimming Poolp. 153
David Butler recounts the experience of creating his own
Recommended Readingp. 160
Conversionsp. 162

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