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Product Details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; Subsequent edition (October 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1890132276
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890132279
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,691 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"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



Publishers Weekly-
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.

About the Author

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.

Customer Reviews

A great book, well written and easy to read and understand.
Claire M. Byrne
Even if you don't want to garden year round (if you do this is the only book you need), it's a fascinating and fact-filled read.
L. M. MACLEAN
If you're still unsure about buying this book, check it out from your local library.
AlphaDog

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348 of 353 people found the following review helpful By GENE GERUE on October 27, 1999
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Eat fresh, home-grown vegetables year round? Eliminate canning and freezing? Do this all at low cost? Eliot Coleman does, you can, too, and here is the how. Coleman is a market gardener in Maine who may eat better than Bill Gates. He shows that sunlight and wind protection are more important that temperature--and, by the way, most of the U.S. gets more winter sunlight than Coleman's place. Inexpensive, unheated greenhouses that he calls tall tunnel houses--some say hoop houses--and cold frames protect from wind and keep snow off the veggies. Greenhouse comfort is more to benefit the gardener. The key is what and when to plant. Full info given for planting dates, construction details, sources of seeds, tools, greenhouses. Well illustrated. An essential guide for organic gourmands.
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88 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 17, 2007
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I've built a few cold frames in north-eastern Massachusetts based on all the latest theories of maximizing and storing solar heat. They didn't work so well. Then I tried Eliott's simple cold-frame design and it was in every way superior! He's not making stuff up to sell a book, this is time-tested and personally tested advice from a master grower. This, and "The New Organic Grower" were my favorite books before I moved South.
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84 of 84 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Williams on February 26, 2006
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Coleman is an experienced organic gardener and has written previous books on organic gardening. Whether you are looking for new organic gardening techniques or ways to improve a self-sustaining lifestyle, Coleman's book will be a valuable resource. He explains how to grow delicious, organically-grown vegetables from your home garden year 'round. Organically-grown vegetables can be harvested throughout the coldest months in all climate zones in the Lower 48 without much extra effort or time. He shows how to design inexpensive, simple cold frames and unheated mobile greenhouses. He explains how to use them along with a root cellar to grow a variety of organic vegetables each suited to their season. Success depends on growing a large variety of vegetables each suited to their season, and in cold frames, mobile greenhouses, and root cellars. Coleman's book will surely guide the grower to extend the growing season!
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60 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Scout on September 26, 2005
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I'd wanted this book for a year, and it lived up to the anticipation for a number of reasons. First, there is great detail, so much that you gotta fight off being overwhelmed. This will clearly be a great reference book for many years to come. Second, this isn't some new invention in farming... it's something I value even more, the careful collection of old-wisdom and a retraining those of us who have been cut off from the ways of yore. In this case, the author researches growing methods in France and shows us how folk who rely on garden food have long found ways to grow it more effectively.

Cool stuff. Makes me more enthusiastic about winter gardening... and about eating more whole foods.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on January 29, 2004
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It is probably not easy writing a second book on a similar subject.I read and reviewed Eliot Coleman's first book on Organic Gardening.And as you can read in that first review,I just loved that book.The second book,I would have called "Cold Hardy Winter Vegetables",rather than the Four-Season Harvest.
Of course there is a list for growing vegetables all year round.But apart from the list what one can grow during the colder season,it is just pretty much a recapitulation of the first work Coleman put on paper.
So I still give this book 4 Stars.Because if you have not read his first one,then of course it would be a great book.
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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By brandynickels on January 26, 2006
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I love this book! I recently checked this out from the library, to try it out before I buy, and now I know that it's definitely a book to add to my collection. I am going to be starting a garden in the spring, and I was becoming overwhelmed with all of the information out there, but once I started reading Four Season Harvest, I realized that it won't be as complicated as I thought and I was able to relax a little. With all of the thorough and easy to understand information he gives, his system (and his results) sounds like it would be easy to reproduce in anybody's garden. I especially like his mobile greenhouse plans and I am planning on implementing them once I get my garden established. I appreciate the fact that not only does he give recommendations on how to use coldframes and greenhouses, but he also gives suggestions on how to build simple versions, which is great for someone like me who does not already have plans for building those things.

I would also recommend Coleman's book The New Organic Grower. Although it is more geared towards market growers, it has a lot of great information that is also useful for home gardeners.
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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful By L. L. Gillilland on March 15, 2006
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After joining a farmer's market, this book/author was mentioned several times in conversation with other growers. Since we had recently "retired" to upstate NY, I thought it might be a good thing to see how someone else turned a negative to a positive(such as our frozen north). The result- with the help of my 81 year old friend we are building a hoop house (or 2)instead of the green house I originally desired. Simple and useful-sums the book up best!
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Peter Sipes on May 12, 2002
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This book is really wonderful. I've owned it for several years and have also had reliable winter harvests in Maine (where I used to live). It has also really expanded my awareness of good things to eat fresh from my garden.
Coleman presents his ideas clearly and with plenty of pictures. This is really critical. Using the diagrams in the book, I was easily able to build a cold frame from scrap board. No mean feat, as I am not the most accomplished builder.
The only drawback to the book, which is pretty minor, is the size of the hardiness zone map in the back. I would have much preferred it to be larger and in color.
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