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Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

by Eliot Coleman (Author), Barbara Damrosch (Author), Kathy Bray (Illustrator)

Editorial Reviews
From 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.

Product Description
If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those
joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman
introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter
sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can
successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter
vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses
without supplementary heat. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new
ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the
acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which
lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine.
This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and
new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition.
Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all
through the winter.

Product Details

Paperback: 236 pages
Publisher: Chelsea Green (October 1, 1999)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1890132276



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