Shows how to grow and harvest up to forty different vegetables in season all year round
This instructional manual explains how to create an abundant garden in a cool climate throughout the year. Author and noted plant expert Eliot Coleman explains, step by step, how garden devotees can take their outdoor summer gardens through the dead of winter without a lot of extra effort and with a few wise choices. The author, who states an aversion to overly expensive, labor-intensive solutions, suggests methods such as successive seed sowing at regular intervals throughout the warmer months, and using simple, unheated boxes filled with 30 or more cold-loving greens that can thrive in freezing temperatures. The book begins with a discussion of different types of gardens. The author demonstrates a particular fondness for the French style of winter gardening. Coleman offers step-by-step instructions, beginning with basics such as composting, sowing seeds, dealing with weeds, and raising trellised crops. After he establishes garden configurations, he presents plans for various types of covered gardens--something as straightforward as the aforementioned simple frame boxes, to greenhouses and Mediterranean tunnels. A full chapter is devoted to creating a proper environment for root cellars and other indoor gardens. An appendix offers additional information about gardening, in general, making FOUR-SEASON HARVEST a vast and comprehensive essential for the avid gardener's library.