Table of Contents

The Greenhouse or Sunspace Environment

  • Designing and Building a New Greenhouse
  • Glazing
  • Measuring Light in the Greenhouse
  • Sun Substitutes: Choosing the Right
  • Lighting System
  • Carbon Dioxide (CO2) in the Greenhouse
  • Setting Up for Composting
  • Watering Your Greenhouse Plants
  • Humidity
  • Air Temperature
  • Soil Temperature
  • Cooling and Ventilating the Greenhouse and Sunsapace
  • Weather and the Greenhouse
  • Gizmos for the Greenhouse

Interior Design

  • Visualizing and Planning Your Greenhouse Space
  • Aisles and Floors
  • Propagation Bench
  • Potting Area
  • Shelves
  • Mixing Garden and Leisure Space
  • Putting Plants to Soil
  • Be Adaptable!
  • Greenhouse Seasons and Microclimates: Making the Most of Your Sunspace
  • Greenhouse Seasons
  • Plants in the Greenhouse Environment
  • Using Your Greenhouse Space Effectively
  • Planting Patterns
  • Use the Seasons and Microclimates to Your Advantage!

Selecting the Right Plants for the Greenhouse

  • Mail-Order Catalogs
  • Hybrids: Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Selecting Vegetable Varieties
  • Plants for the Solar-Heated and Cool-Winter Greenhouse
  • Choosing Bushy Versus Tall Plants
  • Disease Resistance
  • Pest Resistance
  • Greenhouse Varieties
  • Plants That Need Winter
  • Vive la Difference!

Plant Propagation

  • Seed Propagation
  • Germinating and Planting Seeds
  • Transplanting
  • Giving Plants the Slip While Cloning Around


  • Why Plants Flower
  • Environmental Conditions for Pollination
  • What and How to Pollinate
  • Setting Fruit Artificially
  • Pollinating Tropical and Subtropical Fruiting Plants
  • Final Thoughts on Pollination


  • Scheduling Considerations: Before You Begin
  • Growing Plants for the Outside Garden
  • Bringing Plants in from the Outside Garden
  • Growing Ornamental Flowering Plants in the Greenhouse
  • Growing Vegetables in the Greenhouse
  • Create Your Own Schedule

A Closer Look at the Plants

  • Ornamental Flowering Crops
  • Fruits and Vegetables
  • Herbs, Herb Cultivation, Processing and Using Herbs

Getting to the Roots

  • The Year-Round Soil
  • Basic Requirements for Healthy Soil
  • Nutrients for Soil and Plants
  • Fertilizers
  • Equipment and Feeding: Fertilizer Siphons,
  • Injectors, and Foliar Feeding
  • A Word About Hydroponics
  • Soil Amendments
  • The Effect of Soil Temperature on Fertilizer Uptake
  • Maintaining Healthy, Fertile Soil
  • Repotting and Up-potting
  • Using Mulches in a Greenhouse
  • The Way to Approach Working with Soil

When Things Go Wrong

  • Managing Pets and Diseases in the Greenhouse
  • Your Best Defense
  • Causes and Effects of Problems: Animal,
    Mineral, or YOU?
  • Pest-Control Strategies
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • The Basics of a Successful IPM Program
  • Sprays with IPM
  • IPM and Patience
  • Beneficial Critters That Feed on Many Pests
  • Sprays as Pest Controls
  • Alternative Sprays and Concoctions for Pest
  • Other Naturally Based Pest Sprays
  • Spray Adjuvants and Additives
  • Other Nonspray Pest Controls
  • Know Your Pests
  • Identifying Pests in Your Greenhouse
  • Common Greenhouse Pests
  • Weeds
  • Diseases
  • Organism-Caused Diseases and Characteristics
  • Disease-Control Strategies
  • Common Greenhouse Plant Diseases
  • Environmentally Caused Diseases
  • Diseases: A Final Word

Epilogue: A Glimpse at the Future

  • The Greenhouse as a Home-Production Unit
  • The Community Greenhouse Concept
  • New Purposes for the Greenhouse
  • Future Pest Control
  • The Future Greenhouse in the Present
  • Greenhouses and World Hunger
  • High Technology and the Greenhouse
  • Biotechnology in the Greenhouse
  • In Conclusion

1. Helpful Associations and Organizations
2. Average Percent Possible Sunshine
3. Mail-Order Pest Control
4. Material Properties: Glazing, Thermal Storage, and Water for Solar Heating
5. Mail-Order Plants
6. Mail-Order Seeds
7. Mail-Order Supplies
8. Record keeping
9. Bibliography and Further Reading and Resources