How to Build Your Own Greenhouse

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

“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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580175876
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 12/30/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 317,915
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 11.13 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Marshall is the editor of Home Greenhouse magazine, the magazine of the Hobby Greenhouse Association, and a member of the Garden Writers Association, the Ocean State Orchid Association, and the Rhode Island Dahlia Society. He is also the author of How to Build Your Own Greenhouse (Storey Publishing, 2006).

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1. Questions to Ask before You Begin

How Much Time Does a Greenhouse Require? What Is Your Budget? How Large Should Your Greenhouse Be? What about Structure and Systems? What Are the Pros and Cons of Kit Greenhouses? Build It Yourself or Hire a Contractor? What Aesthetics Are Important to You?

2. The First Glasshouses

The Start of Growing under Glass
• The First Conservatories
• Orangeries and Pineries
• Nineteenth-Century Colossal Greenhouses
• The Hobby Greenhouse

3. An Overview of Greenhouse Options

What Type and Structural Style Do You Want?
• Five Basic Types
• Basic Structural or Building Styles

4. Choosing the Greenhouse Site, Size, and Interior Layout

Site selection
• Determining the size of your greenhouse
• Making the floor plan
• Designing the entrance
• Getting permits

5. Controlling the Greenhouse Environment

Water in the Greenhouse
• Lighting and Electricity in the Greenhouse
• Heating, Cooling, and Ventilation Systems
• Hydroponics
• Insecticides in the Greenhouse

6. Greenhouse Building Materials

Wood as a Construction Material
• Sheathing
• House Wrap
• Exterior Siding
• Other Greenhouse Framing Materials
• Framing Materials Insulation
• Vapor Barriers
• Doors
• Alternative Building Materials
• Painting the Greenhouse

7. Glazing

Understanding Light Transmission
• Types of Glazing Materials
• Combining Glazing Materials
• Caulking and Weather Stripping

Checklist for a New Greenhouse

8. The Foundation

Types of Foundations
• Types of Floors
• Constructing a Concrete Foundation and Slab
• Finishing the Foundation

9. Building Techniques

Building a Kit Greenhouse
• Building a Conventional or Do-It-Yourself Greenhouse

10. Wiring, Plumbing, and Heating: Systems Design and Installation

Installing Electricity
• Installing Plumbing
• Installing a Heating System

11. Greenhouse Accessories

Benches
• Shelving
• Growing Beds
• Tools and Equipment
• A Germination Chamber or Seed-Starting Box
• A Growing Chamber
• A Potting Bench
• Storage
• Greenhouse Clothing
• Accessories to Control Insects

12. Greenhouse Maintenance

Regular Chores
• Monthly or Quarterly Maintenance
• Biannual or Annual Maintenance

13. Greenhouse Plans

Basic Conventional Greenhouse

Slant-Front, Insulated Greenhouse

Slope-Sided Greenhouse

Gothic Arch Greenhouse

Lean-to Greenhouse

Greenhouse Built on Piers or a Deck

Hoop House or High-Tunnel Greenhouse

Window Greenhouse

Garden Shed/Greenhouse

Multiuse Cold Frame

Potting Bench

Resources

Index

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