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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live Paperback – December 14, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Make every month a vegetable gardening month with Niki Jabbour's proven techniques for year-round growing and harvesting. Begin by planting your vegetables during the seasons they prefer -- tomatoes and peppers need summer sun and heat; asparagus and radishes thrive in cooler weather; and kale, lettuce, and scallions tolerate frost and come alive under winter sunshine. Apply Niki's intensive gardening methods and some affordable and easy-to-assemble protective structures, and your vegetable garden will reward you with fresh, delicious produce even on short, cold winter days.
About the Author
Niki Jabbour is a food gardener and garden writer who lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her articles have appeared in Canadian Gardening, Garden Making, Gardens East, The Heirloom Gardener, and other publications. She is the host of The Weekend Gardener, a call-in radio show that airs throughout the Maritime provinces on News 95.7 FM and www.news957.com, and she blogs at www.yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.com. Her garden boasts over 40 heirloom vegetables and herbs that keep her family eating fresh food year-round.
More About the Author
A Note from Niki - As an obsessive veggie gardener, I'm thrilled that we are able to harvest year-round from our 2000 square foot plot. We're in zone 5b/6, but winters can be long and harsh. Therefore, I'm always on the hunt for a wider variety of cold tolerant crops for our winter cold frames and mini hoop tunnels - mache, mizuna, mustards, claytonia, carrots and more. It gives me a deep sense of satisfaction to be able to harvest a bounty of food in the middle of winter and be able to offer homegrown organic veggies to my family. You can follow my gardening adventures at http://yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.com Happy Gardening!
Top Customer Reviews
It would be great to see actual plans for a mini hoophouse, including what exactly to buy, lengths and types of materials, and so on. I agree that planting charts would be nice, but many other books have them, and they can be region-specific so not useful to a general audience. And a picture showing how to cut the slit down the "c" clamp cut from a pvc pipe would be useful.
One edit: The graphic for timing Brussels Sprouts should read "First Fall Frost" instead of "Last Spring Frost" and should have another bar for long-season varieties.
Edit to my review: If you are looking for a resource with more helpful specifics, check out Barbara Damrosch's book, The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook. Plans and instructions for a small hoop house are available on the Four Season Farm's website.
What you get?
* Authors describe how to maintain, establish and make cold frames
* What types of vegetables are most suited for your climate
* Types of vegetables and their strengths (and weaknesses).
* Pest control
* How to maintain and care for crops
* Mini hoops and their uses
* Designing a productive garden
Should you get it?
I say yes! This book would be quite valuable to anyone attempting to keep their vegetable garden growing year round. The authors offer many practical solutions to problems faced by backyard gardeners. The text is accessible and amateur friendly, and the pictures are nicely photographed. 5/5 Stars
While it may not be as detailed as, say, Gaia's Garden, that's exactly what I need. I also have Gaia's Garden and was looking for a different type of instruction as we will be doing intensive food growing. This book fit that bill perfectly. I would definitely recommend this to add to your library, or as a starter book--depending on your needs, other books may not be that necessary.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyed this book very much. Well written and informative. RBMc Endicott, NYPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Must have even for those of us that have winter gardens or if you want a truly productive winter gardenPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was born and raised a city girl, transplanted to the country and this book is way beyond my beginning level.Published 21 days ago by Linda Lou
This is a very good book for beginner gardener! It has details about many versatile vegetables for the coldest climates and then some that would prove to be valuable information. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Busybee
Fabulous book and educational. Already built first cold frame and planting to harvest in winter! Thank you for inspiring this in our life.Published 5 months ago by Christine Ward
This book is similar to Self=Sufficient Homeowner . It has good information about growing crops in cold weather..... It has 'how to' information.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer