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How to Grow Winter Vegetables

How to Grow Winter Vegetables [Kindle Edition]

Charles Dowding
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One of our most respected vegetable growers. --Joy Larkcom

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour. --Raymond Blanc

--Raymond Blanc

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour. --Raymond Blanc

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How to Grow Winter Vegetables shows that it is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. It also covers growing for the hungry gap from April to early June. Not much grows in winter, but a well-organised plot may nonetheless be quite full. You need to plan carefully, and well ahead (as early as spring) for sowing and planting at specific times through the year, so the main part of the book is an extensive month-by-month sowing, planting and growing calendar. Further sections cover harvesting, from garlic in July right through to the last of the overwintered greens in May, and storing your produce.

Many salads can be grown in winter, especially with a little protection from fleece, cloches or larger structures. The book includes a whole section on frost-hardy salad plants, explaining how to ensure harvests of fresh leaves throughout winter. The beauty of winter and its produce is captured in glorious photographs from the author's garden.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8238 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books (5 July 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EGWGR50
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #197,150 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I run a beautiful garden of year round vegetables, all growing in soil that is never dug, except to remove parsnips that grow incredibly long. Among the many advantageous results of not digging, with compost on top, is that there are fewer weeds and a healthy abundance of food. I explain this in my books, magazine articles (Gardeners World, Kitchen Garden, Simply Vegetables) and at lectures and courses, both locally and nationally.
My first book on organic gardening without digging came out in 2007, then in a second edition in October 2010, and a third edition in February 2013. I receive many lovely letters (emails) of appreciation and these connections with readers are a fine bonus to the quiet task of writing.
The vegetables I most like to grow are salads and the experience of selling bags of seasonal leaves, all year round, led to the writing of my second book on Salad Leaves for All Seasons, which is used by many commercial growers as well as gardeners. The third book is on Winter Vegetables and covers the hungry gap too, with many tables and photos. Monty Don and Robin Lane Fox like this one.
Then my course book of 2012 is to help readers in the process of setting up a no dig garden, with tips on mulching, tools, weeds and seasonal sowing. It gave birth to the Veg Journal book in 2014, in a month my month format and with pages for notes. Bunny Guinness said in the Sunday Telegraph that it is a 'coffee stained rather than coffee table book", for taking out in the garden. Bunny enjoys a nice cup of coffee while savouring her vegetable garden and that is a major part of my writing, to encourage enjoyment of vegetable growing and a love of your beautiful plants.
Soil and vegetables are my passion and I seek to convey their amazing qualities in my writing and teaching about them; I hope you also learn to enjoy growing and savouring good food.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent advice for growing for winter 5 May 2011
By Susie B
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I rate Charles Dowling highly, he's an experienced vegetable grower and a brilliant communicator. This is my third book of his and the one I have been waiting for. Every year my allotment skills improve and I build on past experience BUT in winter I have rarely managed more than a small crop of purple sprouting broccoli and a few leeks. Next winter will be different. The book is extremely well laid out with best sowing times very clearly explained. From this I have been able to fill my diary with reminders for sowing and planting. The fantastic photos show what to expect at all stages from seedling to plant to mid-winter. I highly recommend it.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Missing Link for Veg Growers 6 May 2011
This is the book to read if you want to know how to grow winter vegetables. It is a relief to read a gardening book that shows and instructs you on what to do now to get a winter harvest rather than what you should have done months ago. Genius!. The sowing, planting and growing calendar is brilliant. I think this book is perfect for vegetable growers of all levels. Packed with information that the experienced gardener will find very useful and is straightforward, clear and concise for the new vegetable grower just starting out.
I have been growing vegetables for a few years now but have never been clear on how to grow vegetables for the winter. I shall be reading this book constantly over the next few months and with luck we will get some winter vegetables to eat.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but flawed 30 Mar 2012
By N. Dodd
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Overall, I've been impressed by this book. Not only does it address a topic, winter growing, that isn't dealt with elsewhere, but the author also includes an impressive amount of information in only 232 pages. I'm fairly new to vegetable gardening generally, so it could be that others have covered some aspects of this, but the only other books I've come across are the classic one by Hessayon (The Vegetable and Herb Expert), Harrison's "Vegetable Growing: Month by Month", Hills' classic but quirky "Month by Month Organic Gardening", and Dowding's other book "Organic Gardening"; none of these seem to deal with growing over Winter. That said, having followed Dowding's advice what I mainly found was that not much does grow over Winter, but I did learn quite a bit trying things I read in his book, and I remain intrigued by the notion. The key issue, as far as I can see, is overwintering, namely the planting of crops that can *survive* Winter and then have a head start. His advice for many vegetables was sound, and I'm now seeing quite a bit of growth. Of course, overwintering cabbages is nothing new and could be found in many other books, but many of the other crops don't appear to be dealt with elsewhere. The flaw? Well, it's poorly laid out and so it's difficult to find the info you're looking for. For instance, if I wanted to know about growing cabbage I can look in the index and will find "cabbage, growing", and then find references thereto on pages 23, 54, 102-103, 109, 115, 126-127 & 142. They're all legitimate, useful references, and I applaud the thoroughness of the referencing, but surely a further level of sub-referencing is called for?! Most of the reasons for the plethora of page numbers is due to starting planting in different months (very helpful, by the way! Read more ›
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent book from Charles Dowding 14 July 2011
I bought this book on the strength of Charles Dowding's other two titles, both of which I regard as invaluable. Mr Dowding's great strength is that he writes from his own practical experience, and gives excellent advice, rather than simply re-hashing previous writings.

This title is probably the most valuable of the three, as it contains a great deal of very helpful advice on growing vegetables at a time when so many plots are bare, or only have a few tattered leeks and cabbages available.

If you are serious about wanting to grow you own vegetables, I would certainly recommend this book!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plug that Hungry Gap with this book 4 Aug 2011
Having purchased and read Charles Dowding's previous two books, this is perhaps the most important because it literally instructs you how to grow vegetables, salad leaves etc for winter and early spring. Why have your allotment or veg patch empty when you could be growing this wonderful food, the author provides sowing times,suggested varieties and pictures of the crops when planted.

This book explains how to come through winter with plenty of vegetables stored, fresh harvests to make, and also has advice for growing plants to withstand the winter, for eating in spring during the hungry gap season of April, May and early June.

Vegetables need to be sown and planted at specific times so the book's middle section is a monthly sowing, planting and growing calendar. The next part covers monthly harvesting adventures, from garlic in July to spring cabbage and pea shoots in May. Through winter, soil is cool and transforms the plot into a large outdoor larder where many vegetables keep healthy and alive, ready for harvesting when needed. Many salads can be grown in winter, especially with a little protection, such as from fleece and cloches.

I stongly recommend this book to anyone who wants to grow and harvest fresh food from October to May.....I can't wait.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Charles Dowding hit! 5 Aug 2011
I am very pleased with the clarity of this book. I love gardening but am a comparative newcomer to vegetable growing, always my husband's responsibility but mine now. Step by step, Dowding guides you as to how to structure your soil, your patch and gives you a calendar for planting so that basically you can use your vegetable patch for nearly the whole year. The no-dig method is also explained - very useful as heavy digging is now out of the question for me!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
looks agreat book a chritmas present
Published 5 days ago by rose brooks
4.0 out of 5 stars I really like this book and Charles' style of writing
I really like this book and Charles' style of writing. His advice is good and I'll be following it closely next year. I've also purchased two of his other books. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Twinsane
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful book
Published 2 months ago by z m roberts
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Absolutely excellent. i have been inspired.
Published 2 months ago by fast reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring
Excellent advice, well laid out, as always from this author. Really inspires you to get out there and prepare for the winter, especially if you are already following the author's... Read more
Published 2 months ago by cactusflower
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
An ineresting, well-produced book.
Published 4 months ago by Mr. Ernest G. Weston
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book
Brilliant read, fully informative and so well organised and of Charles's best works.....using it currently....will look out for future reads
Published 7 months ago by Trebor
5.0 out of 5 stars great
I usually like Charles Dowding's books, and this one is no exception. Fascinating instructions & ideas on how to maximise winter crops. Read more
Published 9 months ago by michelle pierce
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I love this book - lots of advice to keep you growing all through the year. Some excellent tables of timings for sowing/planting out etc.
Published 12 months ago by richard prior
5.0 out of 5 stars Really helpful
This book gives you all the information that you will need to have vegetables cropped from your garden all year.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs L A Knowles
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