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Greenhouse Gardening

Quite a few Sunset books have made an appearance here on ALB. (Pop Sunset into the search box for our site and see for yourself.) These books have been around forever. They are usually home and garden topics. The cookbooks from the 60s and 70s are something to behold.

For a library collection, I think these books have a place. They are recognizable and the titles are extremely helpful in describing the book. The actual quality varies from book to book. I think they are geared to the DIY crowd.

The first half of the book is about building a greenhouse. I actually liked some of the options. The second half is more gardening advice. Hydroponics and specialty plants like orchids, African violets, succulents, and cacti are discussed within the context of a greenhouse. Not bad.

This book is really an overview. It doesn’t have specific instructions. It has more general discussions of what needs to be considered in constructing a greenhouse. Not a bad choice for its time, but the book design and contents look dated. My copy is pristine, so I am wondering if nobody was into greenhouses when it was added to a collection.

Every library I have ever worked at always have well used garden/landscaping books. Garden themed programming has also been a hit. I would bet the pandemic starts bringing new people to gardening.

Anyway, this one would probably do just fine at a book sale, so weed and don’t look back.



back cover


greenhouse structures

furnishing your greenhouse





  1. If you own a house in the West, Sunset gardening guides are your bible.

    They divide the land up into many, many more zones than the USDA, so you can find exactly what will grow in your microclimate, as opposed to the climate half an hour away which is entirely different.

    And they have very nice diagrams and photos, plus they explain things so it makes sense even to the clueless.

    I’ve still got the ones I bought 20 years ago, which tell me exactly why I killed that plant. But I’ve kept alive more plants thanks to them than ever before! And I know when to prune and fertilize!

    The cookbooks, well… maybe not so much. Roses haven’t changed drastically since the 70s, but casseroles have, as we saw last week!

    (No fancy demo house tour this year, alas.)

    Greenhouses must have been out of fashion — I’d have thought they’d be popular in your area. The only greenhouses I’ve seen here were a guy who grew orchids and people who grow… specialized crops, IYKWIM. 😉

      1. Best greenhouse I ever saw for that purpose was in Denver. Rather before it was legal.

        Nowadays there are industrial-sized ones for that.

        And flower wholesalers have them everywhere, because how else you gonna get roses in mid-February?

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