Building Your Own Green House by Craig Baird
Atlantic Publishing, FL
Typically I’m a big fan of Atlantic Publishing books. In this case however, if you want a
book that lives up to its mission to tell you everything you need to know in an
understandable manner, this isn’t the book for you. This is perhaps influenced
by the writer whose background doesn’t seem to include specific credentials or
experience regarding greenhouses. The author clearly researched the needs or
greenhouses and owners.
Unfortunately the information for a first-time greenhouse owner is hard to mine from this source. Lengthy sentences and a
pedantic tone reduce the pleasure in reading and learning about your new hobby.
Most beginners, for whom this series is designed, will be better served by finding
books that area easier to read, faster to absorb and simply more entertaining. Perhaps future editions will benefit from some
additional editing. In addition, it would be helpful to have illustrations from
a variety of sources rather than primarily from one provider.
You may still find this book to be a great resource. For those who want to construct their own greenhouse, the plans,
equipment lists and other details are perfect. Each plan is presented in
perfect detail—you even get a detailed shopping list that makes getting all the
supplies you need simple. The instructions are clear, step-wise and easy to
follow. What the prose in this book lacks, the blue-print part of this book
makes up. The middle of the book and resources at the end offer an extensive
selection of plans for free-standing, attached to a structure, and even a
window-box extensive plan.
Each reader needs to decide what matters to them: for those seeking plans this could be a great investment. The plans range
from small greenhouses just a few feet square up to those appropriate for individuals with a bit
of acreage for placement. Persons who learn by reading will be better served by