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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 by JD Isaly is a useful guide geared toward self-sufficiency and sustainability. According to the book, a greenhouse facilitates gardening throughout different seasons as greenhouse gardening is not susceptible to changes in climatic conditions. It delves into the history of greenhouse farming which can be traced back to the Roman Empire and explains its popularity. It also explores different types of greenhouses and how to increase efficiency in greenhouse gardening. Construction materials, working with seeds and saving seeds, and the conditions needed to allow plants to thrive are also discussed.
As the access to nutritional food reduces globally and risks to global food security continue to rise, JD Isaly’s Black Thumb Greenhouse comes at a timely time, especially with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on food security. The guide contains practical information that even beginners will be able to understand and follow. Factors to consider when constructing and maintaining a greenhouse such as location, drainage, temperature, and irrigation are explained. Different types of seeds and how to read seeds’ labels are also explained. The work contains surprising quotes and facts which enliven it such as that mushrooms have their own immune system and that children who grow their own food are more likely to consume fresh vegetables and fruits. It also explains how to grow specific familiar plants in a greenhouse such as carrots, tomatoes, strawberries, and apples. Black Thumb Greenhouse by JD Isaly is an accessible gardening guide with applicable information.