Sean Conway's Cultivating Life

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Artisan Books, 2009 - Gardening - 253 pages
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The idea book to outdoor living, by the imaginative team behind the popular television series Cultivating Life.

The backyard is being transformed from an underused patch of grass into the new great room, an extension of Americans' living space. For many months of the year, it can serve as kitchen, family room, and a place to entertain friends and neighbors. Based on ideas from their television series Cultivating Life, Sean Conway and Lee Buttala show how to make outdoor living easier, with simple crafts such as making sun-print tablecloths, time-honored gardening techniques, and stylish ideas for patios and borders.

The versatile projects in this book will enhance any outdoor space. An easy-to-build portable salad table is ideal for growing your favorite greens just outside the back door. A simple and inexpensive water garden adds a touch of elegance to any patio or terrace. And, with clear step-by-step instructions, woodworking projects—such as a bird feeder, a bamboo trellis, or a porch swing—can be tackled in a weekend.

Generously illustrated with beautiful photographs, fun sidebars, and expert tips, Sean Conway's Cultivating Life will inspire readers to make their backyards refuges for enjoying life to the fullest and to make reconnecting to the land as easy as stepping out the back door.

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Sean Conway's Cultivating Life: 125 Projects for Backyard Living

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Conway, host of the WGN TV show Cultivating Life, and director Buttala here assemble a hodgepodge of projects. Oddly arranged, they run from simple craft to more detailed woodworking but completely ... Read full review


Fern Stand 2 Fiddlehead Fern Salad 3 Creating a Green Stone Tree Marker 84 SlateTopped Side Table 86 Pebble
Planting a Salad Table 31 Cold Frame 33 Into Bamboo Trellis 110 Herbarium Specimens
Chicken Wire Armoire 51 Sun Prints 53 Orangery Planter 123 Growing Citrus in Containers
Corn Printing 65 Corncrib Storage 67 Growing Microgreens 134 Growing Sprouts 135 Tabletop
Castiron Hanging Herb Garden 76 Backdoor Herb Pot 77 Butterfly Observation Cage 151 Butterfly Pillow
FixingTerracotta Pots 176 Terracotta Chimney Pot 177
Containerized Water Gardens 180 Bog Container Sculptural Willow Lamp 226 Land Art Woodpile
Rain Barrel 188 Rain Gauge 189 Faucet Handle Leaf Sculpture 235 Compost Bin 236 Planting and Pruning
Outdoor Forcing 196 Drying Curing and Braiding

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Sean Conway and Lee Alan Buttala are the executive producers of the PBS series Cultivating Life. Sean, the on-air host of the show, has his own line of outdoor living products at Target; he lives in Tiverton, Rhode Island.

Lee Alan Buttala and Sean Conway are the executive producers of the PBS series Cultivating Life. Lee, who directs the show, has written about gardening and design in The New York Times, New York, and other major periodicals.

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