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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide for organic gourmands, October 27, 1999
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This review is from: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long, 2nd Edition (Paperback)
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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Initial post: Sep 16, 2011 12:34:46 AM PDT
Lynn says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2011 1:53:51 PM PDT
Reader says:
This is definitely true to some extent. Assuming one gets years of use out of the equipment, the initial investment will likely be made back, and then some. So, this certainly requires a long-term commitment... anyone who buys everything on a whim and then loses interest is sure to lose money.

That said, it's not all about saving money. I love gardening although each year it seems to be a losing endeavor (though I'm getting better...) and I would love to be able to garden year-round in northern New England, just for the enjoyment factor.

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2012 10:14:53 PM PDT
BruceK says:
Also the fact that the tomato you grow, even if at certain points it appears that your startup investment is excessive the products you are getting are not the same. Supermarket tomatoes are not cheap, and often they are picked green. Things like peaches or cherries, or other fruits you can hardly even get unless you settle for green produce being shipped in and subjected to chemicals.

It's a gamble, of which I am in the investment stage ... my first tomatoes ever grown are likely to be have been pretty expensive, but the look good, and I know exactly what is in them and picked them when they are ready.

Like anything costs get cheaper if an when you get better at it. If you are the type of person who is likely to give up, then you made the right decision, but if you skipped the book why are you not also skipping the discussion instead of coming here and belittling those who want to learn about gardening?

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 26, 2015 1:37:13 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 26, 2015 1:38:07 PM PST
Kat says:
Little one, he said low cost, not no cost. It's a comparison to say, if you built and heated a greenhouse. It's not a cost efficiency to supermarket food. If you want to eat cardboard flavored veggies and tomatoes go right ahead. If you have never tasted winter grown lettuce and radishes you have no idea what you are talking about. We have grown lettuces and spinach, arugula and radish, many fresh herbs all winter for 3 years now and when I can walk out my back door and cut fresh food it is very worth it. These items cost quite a bit in the grocery, that aside we also know how old it is and where it comes from. Much of the lumber we used to build our raised beds came from craigslist free, no not all. We made hoops and covered them with plastic and old blankets and comforters, used a single light bulb to heat it when it's below zero or in the single digits.
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