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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
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.
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 am currently growing a winter veg garden under homemade row covers that cost us $75. We have been eating broccoli, lettuce, peas, carrots, cabbage, and various greens fresh from... Read morePublished 5 days ago by lilmommy
Terrific book, good explanations & plans on how to make cold frames, beds, etc. Looking forward to making even more use of it next year as I got it a little too late to really get... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Suzy Christy
I hesitate to give this a 5 star because I wasn't over impressed by the charts and maps. I felt like they could have been in color, or somehow better mapped out. Read morePublished 21 days ago by aqua123
My husband and i both are still reading this book and enjoying every bit!The best advice we have gotten so far is don't let your garden boss you around, you will enjoy it so much... Read morePublished 28 days ago by Lulla
Good advice for growing year round. Excellent suggestions for high tunnel growing.Published 2 months ago by Marilyn R. Blake
If you are planning a home vegi patch or a market garden, Eliot Colman's books are the only ones you will ever need. The true masterPublished 2 months ago by karen