Greenhouse Gardener's Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace

Greenhouse Gardener's Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace

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by Shane Smith, Majorie Leggitt
     
 

The most comprehensive book on greenhouse gardening available today. Today, greenhouses and sunrooms are real living spaces where gardeners spend as much time with a book and a cup of coffee as they do with a watering can and a pair of pruning shears. In this fully revised edition of a best-selling classic, veteran gardener Shane Smith embraces this new "lifestyle"…  See more details below

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The most comprehensive book on greenhouse gardening available today. Today, greenhouses and sunrooms are real living spaces where gardeners spend as much time with a book and a cup of coffee as they do with a watering can and a pair of pruning shears. In this fully revised edition of a best-selling classic, veteran gardener Shane Smith embraces this new "lifestyle" approach to greenhouse gardening. 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.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
There's something refreshing about a gardening book that doesn't start out with soil. Smith ( The Bountiful Solar Greenhouse ) puts off the nitty-gritty subject until chapter nine. In the meantime, he covers such subjects as vegetables, flowers and herbs, light and temperature, ground beds and containers, and crop spacing and scheduling. This is not a complicated book; the operative word for it is ``companion.'' And while some of the advice is rather elementary, it does lead the reader painlessly through the steps and requirements of owning and gardening in a greenhouse. Undoubtedly, Smith's role as a lecturer and host of a radio gardening show has also inspired him to write in terms simple enough for beginners. His saving grace is a quiet sense of humor that's evident throughout the book--from his warnings about weather to his ``biased opinion of hydroponics.'' When Smith does get around to soil, he goes at it from the point of view of providing plants with a healthy root system--covering soil pH and nutrients and organic soil amendments in beds and pots. The extensive final chapter is devoted to everything that can go wrong--i.e., pests and diseases, for which Smith recommends mostly organic and biologic controls. As he points out, a ``greenhouse or sunroom garden is probably the closest garden you'll ever live with.'' This is a book to live with. Illustrated. Garden Book Club alternate. (Nov.)
Library Journal
The director of Cheyenne Botanic Gardens and author of The Bountiful Solar Greenhouse ( LJ 4/15/82) has produced a practical, comprehensive guide to making the most of any greenhouse or garden room. Addressing almost every aspect except the actual construction, Smith covers the greenhouse environment (light, humidity, temperature), interior design (plant placement, fans, drainage), individual plants and their propagation, pollination, growth, and scheduling for flower or fruit production. There are chapters on problems, diseases, and insects, and lists of associations, mail-order suppliers, and sun averages during the year across the country. As a Wyoming gardener, he puts a good deal of emphasis on using the greenhouse in summer as well as in winter, but this is a useful, practical guide for readers in most of the continental United States.-- Molly Newling, Piscataway P.L., N.J.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555914509
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
04/10/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
544
Sales rank:
86,162
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range:
9 Years

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Meet the Author


Since its inception in 1977, Shane Smith has served as the director (and co-founder) of the Cheyenne Botanic Garden, Wyoming's only public botanic garden. It is a people-oriented, solar heated and powered project. Under his direction, the project has received recognition awards from Presidents Reagan, Bush (senior) and Clinton. The project also received the community hero award from Wyoming Governor Geringer. Smith has a degree in Horticultural Science and has attained Registration as a “Horticultural Therapist HT,” from the American Horticultural Therapy Association. He also served a year as a Loeb Fellow in Advanced Environmental Studies at Harvard University, where he both lectured and pursued studies in design, community issues, and leadership. Greenhouse Gardener's Companion is Smith's third published book. He currently produces a weekly garden-oriented radio program. Additionally, he has consulted and lectured on gardening, horticultural therapy, greenhouses, and community greening for over 28 years in 27 different states as well as Mexico, Venezuela and Canada.

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Greenhouse Gardener's Companion, Revised: Growing Food & Flowers in Your Greenhouse or Sunspace 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
4MaggieMae More than 1 year ago
I gave this to my husband for Christmas. He loves it....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is full of great information. We just added a greenhouse to the south side of our garden shed. Can't wait to use the helpful info received from this book.
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This is an excellent reference for a greenhouse grower and for those planing to build a greenhouse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am still reading through this book by Shane Smith. He has filled it full of excellent information. I bought a new, larger greenhouse and plan to use this document often.
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winniegirls More than 1 year ago
After looking over several books recommended for greenhouse owners, this one stood out. This book is comprehensive without being difficult to read, and I feel it is the most economical for the breadth of information given.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Great book for all beginners or greenthumbs. If you are interested is fun and easy business or hobby growing plants for money, see my book 'Secrets to a Successful Greenhouse and Business'