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How to Build Your Own Greenhouse: Designs and Plans to Meet Your Growing Needs Paperback – December 30, 2006

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Editorial Reviews

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“Roger Marshall’s book…shows gardening enthusiasts how to grow colorful flowers, tropical fruits and abundant vegetables year-round, no matter what the weather is.”

 

Los Angeles Daily News, January 27, 2007

 

“Marshall leads readers through myriad options and provides well-organized details on the whys and wherefores of each, along with how you (or a contractor) can design and build the greenhouse to suit your gardening needs.”

 

Arkansas Democrat, March 3, 2007

 

“The book’s strengths are its many and varied schematics and highly detailed, step-by-step instructions for building growing structures, from cold frames for just a few vegetables to a large free-standing greenhouse that can double as an entertainment area…There’s even a four-page check-list of what to plan for, materials to buy, and approximate costs.”

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, February 25, 2007

 

“If you are interested in building a greenhouse, here is the definitive do-it-yourself guide. This is the only guide needed to plan, situate and build your dream greenhouse.”

 

Lexington Herald-Leader, June 30, 2007

 

“If you’ve ever contemplated adding a greenhouse to your property but didn’t know where to start, How to Build Your Own Greenhouse by Roger Marshall will point you in the right direction.”

The American Gardener, Sept.-Oct. 2007

 

“The author gives gardeners the inspiration to take their hobby indoors for the winter months, and then he gives them the means to do so, with step-by-step instructions….Nothing seems insurmountable under the guidance of master gardener Marshall.”

Berkshire Eagle 

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Indulge your passion for gardening! Imagine extended growing seasons, homegrown tropical fruits, abundant vegetables ready to pick year-round, exotic orchids, and colorful flowers galore. They're all possible with this comprehensive guide to turning the dream of year-round gardening into a reality.

 

From the simplest cold frame to the most elaborate freestanding tropical paradise, there is a greenhouse plan in this collection to suit every gardener's needs. Roger Marshall guides you through all the style options, the practical considerations of choosing materials and a site, and every step of the building process, from foundation to glazing.

 

Whether your interest is in rare orchids or in healthful, organic vegetables for your family, a greenhouse provides the environment to protect and nurture the plants you love. And when it's cold and gray outside, the greenhouse is a welcoming and warm place to feed your gardening hobby.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (December 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017647X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580176477
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 0.7 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The wife wants a real greenhouse. OK, I said. After reading up on all the glowing reviews herein for this one, I ordered this book with real anticipation. Boy, what a let-down after it arrived.

This overwhelmingly simplistic book has information and details that are of a level that I would expect to find in weekend newspaper articles and others of that sort. Nothing of any real help in actually 'building' anything but the most rudimentary sheds is covered here. What are these other reviewers thinking or expecting here?

I guess that there is 'general info' within it, but nothing more. Greenhouse Building 101 it's not. More like Remedial Greenhouse 040.

The one real bit of value in this book is the reference page at the end. It lists a number of greenhouse suppliers of both kits and components in the U.S. However, Google did the same thing for me in .016 seconds, and for free.

All that being said, the Author himself does indeed seem to be an experienced gardener, with much of it in his homemade greenhouses. Perhaps this is what other reviewers found so appealing. I wish him well -he seems a likable sort; but the title of this book, in my opinion, should have instead been: "Gardening with Homemade Greenhouses".
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This book is an excellent resource for the DIY greenhouse builder who wants a professional quality greenhouse.
If you just want to piece together some old windows and basically create a cold frame you can walk into (like we did), then this book is TOO MUCH for you.
Still, I'm glad I bought it. It's nice to have in my garden library and if we ever want to retrofit our greenhouse with a heating or irrigation system, it'll be a great resource. And the plans are very approachable for the layman so if we ever want to build a proper greenhouse with a permanent foundation, this book is a one-stop shop.
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Excellent book. The book is well written. It explains many options that can be taken...from a very cheap, basic structure to a more costly, complex building.
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This is the go-to book for backyard, or even small hobby farm, greenhouse design and construction. There are lots of different schemes here, from season extending frames to full-on solaria and orchid houses. All budgets are discussed and plans cover the full price range.
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I finally "sprang" for this book because I read a good review on a garden club website. It is a wonderful book on all aspects of greenhouse design. I am sure glad I spent this money before we started spending the serious money, and hard work, on the real thing.
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Very good information. The greenhouse is almost done. My husband referred to this little book often. I'm a happy camper.
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Any who would build a greenhouse will find HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN GREENHOUSE: DESIGNS AND PLANS TO MEET YOUR GROWING NEEDS offers up the hope of year-round gardening as it explores a range of greenhouse designs and options, from simple cold frames to elaborate freestanding tropical constructions. Chapters cover basic freestanding and extension designs for greenhouses, include lean-tos and garden shed blends, and discuss not only construction of independent structures, but how to incorporate them into an existing home. From floor to ceiling options, HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN GREENHOUSE covers it all, includes design tips and basic plans, and is a pick for any library strong in homeowner's or gardener's construction references.
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I am so grateful to Roger Marshall for writing this book. Even a cursory glance of it gave me the impression that it was the book I would need to bring my plans of a greenhouse for the Arkoe Garden (arkoegarden.blogspot.com) to reality.

After having read it, I am in the stages of finalizing the type of greenhouse I want and making plans for building it this summer. If you would like to see the progress, you can visit the blog. The Lord willing, I will begin sometime in August in preparation for fall.

I appreciate the checklist especially, because I am a list maker and lists make projects a lot less stressful as far as I'm concerned. I was also inspired by the watering system using the 5-gallon buckets and the fish tank pump for reclaiming and reusing the water. I plan to repurpose bricks from a building demolition in a neighboring city for my greenhouse base and incorporate the bricks and the ideas for cold frames for a couple of other raised beds that will be added around the property, and one for the strawberry box newly added.

The greenhouse will allow me to have fresh-cut flowers year round. Because both rock and space aren't much of a problem, I am considering a rock heating system, or a propane generator and heater that can be hooked into the large propane tank already onsite. Roger's book really has inspired me to be imaginative, though imagination tempered with some practicality -- or not.

I plan to add Roger's book to my Black and Decker home repair library (purchased used on Amazon) and work the greenhouse into my landscaping plans already in works on my Better Homes and Gardens software (also purchased used on Amazon.) But in order to include the book on my reference shelf I'll have to put it down first.
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