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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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“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: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,217 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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My goal is a greenhouse that is attached to my house. This book gave me clear concepts (pictures and drawings) that I could show everyone (architect, contractor, space planner) that saved me much more than the purchase price. I read the book cover to cover. Then I copied a few pages and everyone knew what I wanted without all the hand drawn napkins.

If you really want some solid ideas with easy to read and understand text about greenhouses, .... This is not a book on every detail about building a greenhouse. This book will cover the details that are unique to greenhouses and give you lots of examples.

Excellent book. Full of thoughtful ideas that really helped me understand greenhouses and what to expect from my "ideas" and gave me lots of new ideas.
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This book thoroughly goes over all kinds of design considerations about building a greenhouse. I like having lots of information and details, which you'll definitely get from the book, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.

I am a fairly handy person, but I like books that don't assume any background or knowledge, because that way you can be sure that you're not going to miss anything. Every project seems to have some weird "gotcha" that comes out of the blue, so it's great to consider everything. For example, I had not thought about the obvious problems with humidity in a greenhouse and how that might affect my choice of materials, in regard to rust or kind of wood. The book goes through all the pros and cons of different kinds of material for letting through light, and the pros and cons of different structures and designs based on your climate and latitude, the kinds of plants you'll grow, and so forth.

BTW, I bought some of the cheap Kindle books about building hoop houses for <$300, and found that this book contained similar information, and better designs. So, I'd consider the book even if you're thinking of doing a cheap greenhouse, even though much of the material won't be relevant, so at least you have a sense of the options.

My only complaint, and this is quite unrealistic, is that the book doesn't discuss much about aquaponics, which is the idea of growing fish and plants together. This is the main reason I want to build a greenhouse, and an aquaponics greenhouse has unique design considerations, in that you're probably not going to transplant anything but instead will likely grow the plants entirely in the greenhouse, and of course, there's a lot of plumbing going on. To be fair, the author does touch on the subject a bit. I didn't expect him to write about aquaponics at all, and I still found the book tremendously helpful.

I definitely recommend it.
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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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