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

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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...
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Overview


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.

“Exceptionally comprehensive . . . a joy to read.”—Hobby Greenhouse Association

An environmentally friendly sourcebook that is actually two books in one, providing everything the gardener needs to know about setting up a healthy growing environment within a sunspace, plus a complete guide to growing flowers, vegetables and herbs in the greenhouse. Veteran greenhouse gardener Shane Smith is the author of The Bountiful Solar Greenhouse. Two color; line illustrations.

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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: 4/10/2000
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 135,556
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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  • Posted January 19, 2012

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    I gave this to my husband for Christmas. He loves it....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2012

    Recommended

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2010

    Greenhouse

    This is an excellent reference for a greenhouse grower and for those planing to build a greenhouse.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2009

    Greenhouse Gardener's Companion is full of pertinent information.

    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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  • Posted June 29, 2009

    Great reference book for the part-time greenhouse gardener!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    One of the Best!

    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'

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