Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners
Length: 200 pages
Authors: John W. Bartok. Jr.
Features: 150+ line drawings, Sample calculations, Greenhouse plans
Eight chapters cover selecting a greenhouse plan or kit, construction planning, framing materials, glazing, layouts, equipment, environmental control, window greenhouses, growth chambers, and garden structures. Useful to gardeners, homeowners, educators, small farmers, retirement homes, schools, and other institutions.
Note: A brief "new book announcement" is also available; scroll down after the news release on this page.
Want to Build a Home Greenhouse? This Book Describes Your Options
For Immediate Release
Whether it means tending to a collection of exotic houseplants or cultivating a year-round crop of vegetables, greenhouse gardening appeals to many people for many different reasons. A greenhouse can help garden enthusiasts get through the cold part of the year; it fills a void during winter, when weather prohibits gardening outdoors. Home greenhouses are ideal for introducing children to nature and showing them how seeds develop into flowering plants or nutritious vegetables. Retirees often adopt greenhouse gardening as a hobby to enjoy during their retirement years.
The award-winning Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners ($30.00 plus S&H/sales tax, 200 pages, June 2000) will help readers select and design the most appropriate size and style of greenhouse to fit their needs, find the best place to locate a greenhouse, and decide whether to build a greenhouse themselves or hire a contractor to do it. This comprehensive, easy-to-read book covers every style and type of greenhouse -- from relatively inexpensive film-plastic-covered growing spaces to custom-designed, cozy sunspaces that extend the living space within the home. The book addresses a wide audience, including gardeners, homeowners, cooperative extension educators, and institutions (such as retirement homes, schools, and prison associations). Small farmers may also find the book useful.
The book contains eight chapters on the following topics: greenhouse basics, selecting a greenhouse, greenhouse planning, framing materials and glazing, greenhouse layouts and equipment, the greenhouse environment, window greenhouses and growth chambers, and garden structures. It will enable both aspiring and practicing greenhouse operators to make informed decisions about foundations, glazing and framing materials, space utilization, interior design, heating and cooling systems, supplemental lighting, watering and fertilizing systems, and other greenhouse design and construction issues. The garden structures chapter covers the design, construction, and use of cold frames, hotbeds, shade houses, rowcovers, and high tunnels.
Nearly 150 line drawings illustrate the 214-page book to help readers visualize the way greenhouses are built; evaluate alternative methods of construction; design interiors; select labor-saving equipment; and understand the skills involved in designing, building, and operating a greenhouse. Ten diverse do-it-yourself plans for home greenhouses and other garden structures are provided in an appendix. Each plan includes materials lists and construction diagrams and details. Three additional appendixes contain a greenhouse maintenance checklist, lists of greenhouse and equipment suppliers, and useful conversions. A glossary of terms that might be unfamiliar to readers and an index are included as well.
Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners was written by John W. Bartok, Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He wrote the book to update similar publications that have become obsolete due to changes in materials and construction techniques. Bartok has over thirty years of experience working with hobbyists, commercial growers, institutions, and manufacturers. His book was published by the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service (NRAES).
Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners, NRAES-137, is available for $30.00 per copy (plus shipping and handling) from NRAES/W, Cooperative Extension, PO Box 4557, Ithaca, NY 14852-4557. Shipping and handling for one copy is $6.00 within the continental United States. New York residents, add sales tax (calculated on both the cost for publications and the shipping and handling charges. Click here for more information.) If ordering more than one book, or if ordering from outside the United States, contact NRAES for shipping rates and possible quantity discounts. Orders from outside the United States must be prepaid in U.S. funds. All major credit cards are accepted, and checks should be made payable to NRAES. For more information or a free book catalog, contact NRAES by phone at (607) 255-7654, by fax at (607) 254-8770, or by e-mail at NRAES@CORNELL.EDU.
To learn more about NRAES and browse through the entire catalog of practical books and videos, visit the NRAES web site at WWW.NRAES.ORG. NRAES publishes books on topics relating to horticulture, dairy and livestock, agricultural waste management, family and consumer science, natural resources management, farm safety, soil and environmental sciences, and biological and environmental engineering.
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New Book Announcement
Want to Build a Home Greenhouse? This Book Describes Your Options
For Immediate Release
If you're considering building a home greenhouse, the award-winning Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners will help you evaluate your options. This comprehensive, easy-to-read guide covers greenhouse basics, selecting a greenhouse, greenhouse planning, framing materials and glazing, greenhouse layouts and equipment, the greenhouse environment, window greenhouses and growth chambers, and garden structures. It will enable both aspiring and practicing greenhouse operators to make informed decisions about foundations, glazing and framing materials, space utilization, interior design, heating and cooling systems, supplemental lighting, and watering and fertilizing systems. Other design and construction issues cover cold frames, hotbeds, shade houses, rowcovers, and high tunnels. Nearly 150 illustrations and ten do-it-yourself plans enhance this practical book. Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners was written by John W. Bartok, Jr., Professor Emeritus in the Department of Natural Resources Management and Engineering at the University of Connecticut, and was published in 2000 by NRAES, the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service.
Greenhouses for Homeowners and Gardeners, NRAES-137, costs $30.00 plus $6.00 shipping and handling (within the continental U.S.) Make checks payable to NRAES; all major credit cards accepted. New York residents, add sales tax (on both the cost of the book and the shipping and handling charges. Click here for more information.) Contact NRAES for other shipping and handling rates and possible quantity discounts: NRAES/W, Cooperative Extension, PO Box 4557, Ithaca, NY 14852-4557; phone (607) 255-7654, fax (607) 254-8770; e-mail NRAES@CORNELL.EDU. Visit WWW.NRAES.ORG for detailed information on all the practical books and videos available through NRAES.
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About This Book
Chapter 1 -- Greenhouse Basics: Getting Started
How Does a Greenhouse Work?
How Are Greenhouses Used?
Indoor Light Gardens
How Much Does a Greenhouse Cost?
How Much Time Does a Greenhouse Demand?
Chapter 2 -- Selecting a Greenhouse: Types, Styles, and Sizes
Types of Greenhouses
Attached (Lean-to) Greenhouses
Selecting a Size
Sidebar: Greenhouse Aesthetics
Chapter 3 -- Greenhouse Planning: Permits, Building Options, Foundations, and Utilities
Reasons for a Custom Design
Services Provided by Architects and Engineers
Accommodating the Physically and Mentally Challenged
Watering Devices and Tools
Hiring a Contractor to Build a Greenhouse
How to Find a Contractor
The Importance of a Contract
Building a Kit Greenhouse
The Instruction Manual
Skill Level Required to Build a Kit Greenhouse
Sidebar: Construction Tips for Kit Greenhouses
Tools Required to Build a Kit Greenhouse
Storage of Materials
Sidebar: Tools and Equipment for Building a Kit Greenhouse
Building a Greenhouse from Plans
Purchasing a Used Greenhouse
Inspection and Evaluation
What Is a Used Greenhouse Worth?
Disassembly and Reassembly
Types of Foundations
Upgrading a Greenhouse
Chapter 4 -- Framing Materials and Glazing
Sidebar: Tips for Building Wood Frames
Light Requirements of Plants
Types of Glazing
Corrugated Fiberglass, Polycarbonate, and Polyethylene
Flat Fiberglass and Polycarbonate
Structured Sheets — Polycarbonate and Acrylic
Chapter 5 -- Greenhouse Layouts and Equipment for Efficiency
Using Space Inside the Greenhouse
Racks and Shelves
Space Under Benches
Floors and Walkways
Growing Media Preparation Equipment
Materials Handling Equipment
Pesticide Application Equipment and Storage
Personal Protective Equipment
Overhead Watering Systems
Trickle Watering Systems
Hydroponics and Soilless Culture Systems
Selecting a Proportioner
Proportioner Installation and Use
Chapter 6 -- The Greenhouse Environment: Heating, Cooling, and Plant Lighting
Heating the Greenhouse
Sizing the Heater
Choosing a Fuel
Cost of Heating the Greenhouse
Management Practices to Reduce Energy Usage
Cooling the Greenhouse
Natural Ventilation Systems
Sidebar: Winter Ventilation
Cost of Supplemental Lighting
Chapter 7 -- Window Greenhouses and Growth Chambers
Germination and Growth Chambers
Chapter 8 -- Garden Structures
Cold Frames and Hotbeds
Constructing the Frame
Locating the Frame
Making a Hotbed
Using a Cold Frame or Hotbed
Construction and Operating Costs
Plants to Grow in Cold Frames and Hotbeds
Uses for Shade Houses
Shade House Construction
Rowcovers and High Tunnels
Appendix A -- Maintaining the Greenhouse: A Checklist
Appendix B -- Greenhouse and Equipment Suppliers
Greenhouse Manufacturers and General Suppliers
Greenhouse Replacement Part Suppliers
Suppliers of Specific Equipment
Appendix C -- Greenhouse Plans
8' x 12' Lean-to Greenhouse
8' x 16' Curved-eave, Lean-to Greenhouse
8' x 8' Freestanding Greenhouse
10' x 10' A-frame Greenhouse
12' x 15' Gothic Greenhouse
10' x 12' Slant-leg Greenhouse
14' x 21' Vertical-leg Greenhouse
10' x 16' Pit Greenhouse
10' x 12' High Tunnel
3' x 6' Cold Frame
Appendix D -- Useful Conversions
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About the Author