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Black Thumb Greenhouse: How to Take Your Self-Sufficient Homestead from Dream to Reality – An Introduction to Greenhouse Gardening Even Cactus-Killers Can Complete


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If you are considering setting a greenhouse to augment your food production, then Black Thumb Greenhouse is the perfect book for you!

J.D. Isaly has done a magnificent job describing greenhouse options, detailing necessary components to successful greenhouse gardening, and discussing plants that do well in greenhouse conditions. The information about the history of the greenhouse and the benefits of utilizing a greenhouse were well-researched and clearly presented. 

The author shared his extensive knowledge about greenhouse construction and its upkeep. I read this book eagerly as soon as I downloaded it since I have been dithering back and forth about whether I wanted to invest in a greenhouse to extend my growing season. After I finished, I decided that a greenhouse is not in the near future because of the growing conditions in my area based on the information Isaly provided. Thus, you can see that the thorough treatment of the topic would be highly beneficial to anyone considering or ready to leap greenhouse gardening.

I especially liked how the author talked about how gardening can benefit the gardener physically and mentally. Anyone who putters around in the soil can attest to the contentment felt out digging in the dirt. Of course, the physical activity involved in gardening is beneficial to staying in shape, as is eating non-GMO, organic produce. Interspersed between the chapters were short, fascinating trivia tidbits about plants under the heading “Did you know?”

The only thing I felt would have added to this informative text were drawings. For instance, when the author explained the relative merit of different types of greenhouses, I would have liked to have had a picture to help me understand the descriptions better. Or, when describing the drainage system, I didn’t really have a clear idea of what the v-shaped flood floor consisted of. An illustration would have been helpful here too.

So if you are considering setting a greenhouse to augment your food production, then Black Thumb Greenhouse: How to Take Your Self-Sufficient Homestead from Dream to Reality: An Introduction to Greenhouse Gardening even Cactus-Killers can Master by J.D. Isaly is the perfect book to help you begin.

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About the author

My name is J.D. Isaly, and my mission is to help others take ownership of their sustenance to live happier, healthier, more independent lives. My spiritual connection to my garden is my lifeline, and I want to share my secret to vibrant, thriving life. view profile

Published on June 15, 2021

30000 words

Genre: Home & Garden

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