Hobby Greenhouses in Alberta

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With a small greenhouse, avid gardeners can extend their growing season and expand the range of crops they can grow. This well-illustrated book tells you how to build, heat and manage a small greenhouse. You'll also learn the basic requirements of plants and how to grow specific vegetable, fruit and ornamental crops. 81 pages.

Agdex 731-5

Copies of this book may be purchased by:

  • Calling 780-427-0391.
  • Cheque or money order, please complete the order form and send it to our Publications Office.
  • On-line credit card purchase by accessing the on-line sales website.
Table of contents

Greenhouse Location and Orientation
  • Location
  • Sunlight
  • Soil
  • Drainage
  • Sheltered Area
  • Utilities
  • Orientation
  • Greenhouse Design, Construction and Maintenance
    • Design
    • Types of Greenhouse Structures
    • Prefabricated or Homemade
    • Size of Greenhouse
    • Solar-heated Greenhouses
      • Typical Uses of the Solar Greenhouse
      • Solar Heating: Passive, Active, Hybrid
  • Construction
    • Foundations
    • Framework
  • Greenhouse Coverings
    • Glass
    • Plastics
    • Fibreglass
    • Polyethylene
  • Glazing Management
    • Installing Glass
    • Installing Fibreglass Reinforced Panels
    • Installing Single and Double Layer Polyethylene
  • The Greenhouse Interior
    • Benches
    • Beds
    • Shelves
    • Storage for Supplies
    • Flooring
  • Maintenance
    • Maintenance Checklist
Environmental Control
  • Heating
    • Hot Water Heating
    • Gas and Oil Space Heaters
    • Kerosene Heaters
    • Electric Heaters
    • Design
    • Solar Heat
    • Heating Attached Greenhouses
  • Energy Conservation
    • Movable Blankets or Shutters
    • Pop-in Shutters
    • Track-supported Blanket
    • Blanket Insulation
    • Roll-up Blankets
    • Exterior Insulation
    • Vapor Barriers
Other Energy Conserving Measures
    • Reduce Air Leaks
    • Efficient Heating Equipment
    • Water
    • Winter Shut Down
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This information published to the web on April 26, 2001.
Last Reviewed/Revised on February 25, 2015.