Although they’re usually thought about “high-ends” far beyond the means of normal folks, greenhouses are, in fact, wonderful, year-round gardens that can be either as lavish and costly or as utilitarian and economical as you want to make them.
If rich Aunt Sally prepares to lay a $10,000 Christmas present on you this year, there are even worse things to request for than a superlavish “store-bought” greenhouse complete with automatic heating systems, ventilating system and plant feeders.
On the other hand, we’ve seen an actually awesome diy greenhouse constructed totally of lumber and old storm windows restored from a town dump. Overall cost: Fifteen dollars’ worth of various hardware and less than a week of spare-time labor.
And if area is your issue, remember that a little greenhouse will fit onto a city balcony or a rooftop. There are even mini-models developed to turn a normal house or apartment or condo window into a miniature Garden of Eden.
There’s not any excuse, then, for believing that “only the other guy” is worthy of or can manage some type of greenhouse. Someway, somehow, you can afford one too! And if you like to garden (or if you need to garden making ends meet), you deserve this so-called luxury just as much as anyone else does!
So here’s a Christmas bonus: Environment News’ Complete Manual for the Greenhouse Grower. Twelve pages loaded with excerpts and summaries from a few of the world’s best books on the subject (plus a few of our own ideas and hints), all created to acquaint you with the fundamentals of “gardening under glass.”.
You can always go on to other sources of info after you finish this guide, and we hope you will. But if, for some reason, you cannot, here’s everything you truly have to know making a far-better-than-average start in greenhouse gardening.
And keep in mind: Once you’ve experienced the delight of collecting fresh produce in the dead of winter season, once you’ve tallied up the cost savings that it can make on your grocery bill, and when you have actually added in the money earnings that you may earn from offering fresh vegetables, fruits and flowers at premium costs when others are doing without, you just might discover that the greenhouse you believed would be such a high-end has, in fact, turned out to be a real dividend-paying investment!