There are tons of books and guides for the beginner greenhouse hobbyist so it took awhile to weed through several before choosing my first book about my newfound hobby.
After perusing books on Amazon I decided on Greenhouse Gardener’s Companion Revised & Expanded by Shane Smith who is the director and founder of the Cheyenne Botanic Gardens, and undoubtedly a greenhouse expert.
My greenhouse knowledge is limited so after weeding through 20 or so books on greenhouse gardening I believe I chose the best one out there.
This comprehensive book is revised with over 500 pages all written in simple terms combined with a sense of humor. After reading it over the last few days, I now have a rudimentary understanding about getting started with greenhouse gardening
Smith covers everything from growing vegetables, flowers and herbs. Most importantly, for me, I need to know about things like ventilation, heating and thermometers so I don’t damage my plants when temperatures fluctuate from season to season. Secondly, I want to sow seeds at various times during the year and need to know what to do along with keeping the greenhouse productive all winter long.
The in-depth final chapter covers everything that can go wrong, such as pests and diseases, a potential problem with greenhouse growing. Before I bought the book, I was clueless on this topic but now I have a basic knowledge on how to control unwanted insect pests. The two worst pests in a greenhouse are aphids and whitefly.
Two simple tips for beginners is to always inspect your plants to keep them healthy and place a screen across open vents and windows to keep insects at bay.
In a nutshell, this book explains EVERYTHING I need to know as a newbie backyard greenhouse hobbyist and I highly recommend it for those of you who are beginners like me.