DIY for home and garden – our July picks!

It was dark, cold and scary on those storm days not so long ago in Wellington. The storm left us with broken fences, torn roofs, and loads of inconveniences. And with the recent earthquake knocking things off shelves, we thought it might be time to share with you some of the new Do-It-Yourself guides to fix and refresh your home and garden. Have a browse!

Syndetics book coverThe complete guide to garden walls & fences : improve backyard environments, enhance privacy & enjoyment, define space & borders.
“Combining utility and aesthetics, garden fences, walls, and gates offer diverse options for marking home boundaries. Following an overview of the basics, step-by-step instructions are given for traditional and updated projects that involve working with wood, stone, concrete, brick, metal, bamboo, and even the “invisible” (i.e., an underground electronic pet fence). The guide includes a list of tools and materials for each project, repair instructions, color illustrations, measurement conversion charts, and resources” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverVegetables and herbs for the greenhouse and polytunnel / Klaus Laitenberger.
“With our unpredictable weather, there’s never been a better time to cultivate vegetables under shelter. An experienced grower, Klaus Laitenberger shows how to use the heat and shelter of a greenhouse or polytunnel to maximise crop production and supply tasty, healthy food throughout the year. He gives full details of sowing, planting, spacing and harvesting for all our best-loved herbs and vegetables, as well as introducing exotic newcomers such as pepino and yacon.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverTrade secrets : fix your home like a pro! / The Reader’s Digest Association ; [writers, Peter Harris, Jane Hyde, Julia Richardson].
“This book provides a hands-on guide with clear instructions and close-up photos. Handy tips include how to fix your door that won’t shut, and how NOT to hammer your fingers. Once you get started, you can work your way to a pro: walls, ceilings, bathrooms, roofs, decks, furniture and even washing machines. Can’t wait to roll up the sleeves and get the house work done.” (Library Catalogue)

Syndetics book coverThe good life : four glorious seasons in my country garden / Sarah O’Neil.
“Four glorious seasons in a Kiwi country garden: ‘Discovering how to be a country bumpkin and rub off some of that city-slicker shine has been an interesting journey with a lot of learning things the hard way and definitely a lot of laughter, hard work and a whole lot of fun. But the best part is we now have a flourishing veggie garden supplying most of our vegetable wants and needs. Life couldn’t be more perfect.'”–Publisher information.

Syndetics book coverGardening for geeks : DIY tests, gadgets, & techniques that utilize microbiology, mathematics, and ecology to exponentially maximize the yield of your garden / Christy Wilhelmi.
“With Gardening for Geeks, you’ll examine your ecosystem and discover how you can create the right environment for your plants. From analyzing meteorological patterns in order to plant productive beds to experimenting with the carbon and nitrogen levels in your soil, this book will teach you all about the developments and chemical reactions that occur at each phase of growth and how you can alter your planting techniques to construct the most thriving, productive garden possible. Each chapter also utilizes a wide range of inexpensive tests, gadgets, and methods that you can use to help evaluate, monitor, and enhance your plot. Complete with troubleshooting solutions and useful charts and graphs, Gardening for Geeks has everything you need to establish a beautiful and sustainable vegetable patch – one microclimate at a time!” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverDecorating with style : speedy tips, savvy tricks & cool ideas to transform your home / Abigail Ahern ; photography by Graham Atkins-Hughes.
“Forget perfection – Decorating with Style gives you the confidence to take risks with interior design, embrace what you love, and fill your home with infectiously fabulous stuff: comforting, inviting and imbued with personality. Decorating Abigail Ahern style is about creating spaces that make you happy – not just buying the latest ‘it’ chair. According to the internationally renowned interior designer, the most successful homes always have an element of the unexpected. Good taste is wonderful, but without a touch of eccentricity – some tension between spontaneity and rigour, refinement and rebellion – beautifully co-ordinated rooms can leave you cold. Proving that style has nothing to do with money and everything to do with confidence, Abigail goes back to basics to help you determine your own style, then demonstrates how to take interiors to the next level by mixing and layering different styles and eras; injecting intrigue into a room with some maximalist lighting or a decorative rug; playing around with scale, colour and texture to create an enchanting, idiosyncratic vibe. Packed with original ideas, beautiful photography, speedy updates and easy DIY projects – that transform affordable furniture and accessories into something you’d see in a designer showroom – this hip, hands-on guide offers all the tips, tricks and inspiration you need to create a stylish home. For style-conscious girls on a budget, interior design just got fun” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverWeeds, weeding (& Darwin) : the gardener’s guide / William Edmonds.
“Gardeners find weeds baffling and daunting. Here at last comes a practical guide which explains how weeds work and how best to deal with them. Whenever he is gardening William Edmonds sees Charles Darwin as his mentor. Informed by Darwin’s insights, and by over thirty years of gardening experience, he describes and illustrates one hundred significant garden weeds, in the order in which they have evolved, from Algae, Moss and Horsetail to Dandelion and Hawkweed. For each there is What To Do advice, and a further chapter sets out the pros and cons of twenty tried and tested approaches to weeding. Learning to recognise, understand and deal with each weed will take you well on the way to coping in a relaxed – even enjoyable – tussle with these devilish despoilers. Weeds, Weeding (& Darwin) is an enlightening guidebook for every gardener.” (Back cover)