- Paperback: 544 pages
- Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; 2nd Revised ed. edition (April 1, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1555914500
- ISBN-13: 978-1555914509
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 182 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher
Through lively writing that balances wit with commonsense advice, Smith draws on his more than 20 years' experience to cover everything you need to know to establish a charming and productive greenhouse. This revised edition includes more detailed information on greenhouse construction, heating options, and interior design. An expanded section on pest and disease control features updated information on integrated pest management (IPM) for those who prefer to control bad bugs with good bugs rather than with toxic pesticides. Smith introduces you to the latest greenhouse gadgets, from glazing materials, to fans and vents, to misters and watering devices. A new section on orchids introduces the basic orchid families and provides practical advice for growing the species successfully. This edition includes more than 250 new and exquisite illustrations, plus copious instructive photos and charts, detailed appendixes listing garden associations; suppliers (with website addresses); climate information; helpful references, and more.
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One tip I found that I thought I would share here is the use of black vinyl pool bags for your greenhouse. These bags are used by swimming pool owners to weigh down their pool covers in the winter, they come in 8' and 10' lengths and they work wonderfully to absorb the heat during the day and give it off at night in a greenhouse. They usually come in two colors, blue and black. And, since they are smaller than a 55 gallon drum, they lay flat, and can be adjusted to fit around plants, they are truly great additions. Another great feature is that they heat up quickly during a winter day, whereas big drums do not. Give them a try in your greenhouse, I think you will really like them.
I wasn't sure I would want to do greenhouse gardening, but after looking through all the interesting and helpful tips and instructions I think I will love greenhouse gardening much more than traditional gardening for the simple fact that I have much more flexibility in my growing season and can grow all year long.
about greenhouse gardening but I don't. An experienced gardener, I'm new to greenhouse gardening and struck gold when I bought this book. It isn't dumbed down and is fast and fun to read.
The book doesn't begin at square one but does explain the important differences between gardening in an outside
garden and a greenhouse. One example; the reason fans are needed during the day (while photo synthesis is taking place) is to prevent a CO2 deficient envelope from surrounding the leaves. Also, explaination of
how to pollinate in an environment with no birds or insects is helpful.
Varieties of vegetables and flowers are discussed and why certain ones are
better suited. Trouble shooting and "when things go wrong" chapters are
good. Also, I learned more than I thought was possible about light and the different qualities of light plants need. Again, advice on when a
less expensive alternative will work was very welcome.
I'm so happy I bought this book BEFORE our greenhouse is complete because
the chapters on design and environment have given me a master plan for the space we have. Also, throughout the book are money saving ideas and
words of warning from experience. This author knows his subject inside out, is very good at communicating and doesn't use 100 words when 50 will do. Buy the book-you won't be disappointed!