Houseplants 101

How to choose, style, grow, and nurture your indoor plants (The Green Fingered Gardener)

Non-Fiction - Home/Crafts
190 Pages
Reviewed on 03/31/2021
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Author Biography

Peter Shepperd is in his 40s, his interest in gardening started when he decided to give his family access to fresh, homegrown, and organic food.

Peter has been studying new gardening approaches to diversify his experience and skillset. His experimentation has allowed him to figure out what works and what definitely doesn't.

He disagrees with the use of pesticides and chemicals. He has decided to produce this series of books to cover all aspects of growing, gardening, and organic sustainability.

Peter has spent over a decade experimenting with different gardening techniques and perfecting his approach to growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, and other plants. Not only this, but he has learned how to make the most of each part of the food that he grows.
Teaching others has become his passion as some affordable, and straightforward practices have entirely transformed how his family gets access to healthy, delicious, nutritious, and attainable food. Peter’s vision is to slowly transition more and more people away from the often-tasteless vegetables that are purchased in supermarkets and are heavily reliant on the use of chemicals that are damaging the environment, towards homegrown organic healthy produce, believing that the process of doing so will also help grow the person that has produced them as well.

Peter lives with his family near Windsor in England.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

“You absolutely cannot go wrong by surrounding yourself with greenery.” More profound words have never been said. There is so much good to be gained from having greenery inside your home and enjoying outdoor gardening as well (even if it’s merely a balcony garden). Gardening is good for the soul and good for mental health; it makes an excellent de-stressing agent; it transforms the stale indoor air into cleaner air for healthier breathing; and it is, quite simply, something that is enjoyable on multiple levels. Once you’ve decided to introduce plants into your home, the big question is where to begin and what plants to acquire. There are so many choices in houseplants that it’s best to do some research and see what will grow well in the space you have allocated for your indoor greenery.

Another good place to start is with a concise guide to indoor gardening. Peter Shepperd’s book, Houseplants 101: How to choose, style, grow, and nurture your indoor plants (The Green Fingered Gardener), is a great resource. Filled with helpful and encouraging advice, the book outlines what to consider regarding growing conditions (light, household humidity, how warm the space is), how to choose what plants are best for your busy schedule and, the best part in my opinion, a lengthy list of potential houseplants complete with a photograph of the plant, a growing guide for each plant and troubleshooting different ailments and bugs. The author also provides a very in-depth list of references for further reading. This is a must-have book for anyone who wants to start or is already an avid indoor gardener.