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The Amateur’s Greenhouse and Conservatory

I want to share with you The Amateur’s Greenhouse and Conservatory as today’s PDF. Shirley Hibberd wrote this book on the construction and management of plant houses, and the selection, cultivation, and improvement of ornamental greenhouse and conservatory plants.

Like The Handbook to the Flower Garden and Greenhouse, this is not specifically a farm book so it may not be of primary interest to the prepper.  I add it because the skills are transferable and there is a lot of information that is useful.

The Author introduces the work by saying:

The object of this little work is to afford some useful information, systematically arranged, on those departments of plant-house construction and plant cultivation which may be properly considered under the general heads of the “greenhouse” and ” conservatory,” in which a temperate climate is maintained, as distinguished from the ” stove,” the ” orchid- house,” and other structures in which a tropical climate is required for the advantage of tropical plants. Considering the treacherous nature of our climate and the length of the winter season, it cannot be said we have as yet attained to a full knowledge of the value of glass to horticulture.

Nevertheless immense progress has been made since glass and bricks and timber were rendered free of duty, and the vast number of patented plant houses and protective pits that are now in the market sufficiently prove that the demand for such has increased and is increasing. An amateur who purposes to provide some kind of glass structure to enlarge the uses and enhance the enjoyments of the garden may well be perplexed at first as to the best mode of procedure. The horticultural papers teem with advertisements of “portable,” “imperishable,” and “multum in parvo” plant houses, and with an almost endless variety of apparatus for heating.

It will be found, however, on careful inspection, that in plan and material these do not greatly differ, and that in certain leading particulars they very nearly agree all round, so that a blind man could scarcely go wrong, except, perhaps, as to price, in making choice amongst them. But it is not everyone who desires the latest patented invention turned out complete as from a band box.

In one case an amateur may elect to be his own builder; in another there may be need to give a builder directions, and, perhaps,to watch over the work. One important condition of success, whatever be the mode of procedure, is that the amateur should have a clear idea of the sort of house required to suit the plants he intends to “shelter in it.

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