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From first sentence to last, Coleman's ( The New Organic Gardener ) book is a delight--an earnest guide written with an impish sense of humor. It will refresh anyone who wants to get the most from a vegetable garden yet doesn't want to devote too much time and energy to the process. Apparently Coleman thoroughly enjoys every phase of gardening--from planting crops to weeding. Who else has ever suggested, only half in jest, dancing with a hoe? Or keeping a pair of ducks for pest patrol? This is that kind of book. It's also a book full of valuable information on how to harvest fresh vegetables and salad ingredients literally year-round--yet without an expensive greenhouse or indoor light garden set-up. Coleman combines succession planting (small sowings three or more times, rather than one big endeavor) with cold-frame growing in the winter months. He includes how-tos for building simple cold-frames. Given the fact that he lives in Maine, his advice seems all the more reliable. He believes in simplicity ("If what I am doing in the garden seems complicated, it is probably wrong"), seasonality (tomatoes in summer, broccoli in fall, mache in February) and diplomacy in the garden (which "has more to teach us than just how to grow food"). Here, his philosophy of organic growing is shared easily. The book concludes with an extensive chapter on the vegetables that comprise his "cast of characters." Illustrated. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Four-Season Harvest is a magnificent work. It's enticing, inspiring, sensible, and it opens a whole new world for the home grower."--Peter Fossel, Country Journal
Eliot Coleman has over thirty years' experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook, as well as the instructional workshop DVD Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman. Coleman and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, presently operate a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.
I refer to the plant guide every spring and fall. We've had this for 4years and still open it every spring and fall.Published 9 days ago by S
Bought this for my wife. She doe not buy books (take up too much space and we have "down sized". She loves, LOVES this book. Read morePublished 10 days ago by rmnolto
Love the writer and how he does things so I may be partial but there is a lot of information and great ideas in here.Published 13 days ago by Lyshtastic
I followed the advice and had some good results especially with cucumbers which I have never done well with.Published 21 days ago by Tight fit
This is the most awesome book for learning to grow crops year round. Very practical information.Published 24 days ago by GardnerMom
good information about 4-season gardening in Maine, with tons of travel notes. The travelogue is fun to read, but if the how-to information was separated from the by-the-way... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Bee Matrix Systems
Not a bad book, but could have done just fine without it. Owned other books with the same or similar info.Published 1 month ago by Ashley Jungblom