- Paperback: 236 pages
- Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1890132276
- ISBN-13: 978-1890132279
- Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 1.6 x 25.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 9 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 243,546 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Four-season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long Paperback – 1 Jan 1990
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"Four-Season Harvest is a magnificent work. It's enticing, inspiring, sensible, and it opens a whole new world for the home grower."--Peter Fossel, Country Journal
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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Shows how to grow and harvest up to forty different vegetables in season all year round.See all Product description
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I did consider returning this book on this basis, but the truth is that it's so engaging and contains such a lot of useful information that even though I don't think I will be following its exhortation to four season harvesting, there is still a lot in there to make it worth the space on my bookshelf. Just bear in mind the difference in geography.
Imagine harvesting around 30 different species from your garden in the frozen heart of winter. It's not impossible! This book really inspires you to plan the gardening year in a new way. It gives all the information you need to build cold frames, tunnels and other forms of crop protection; tells you when and what to plant to get successful yields from your veg plot even when it's under snow!
Coleman is really passionate about this subject and will convert you to his cause with his infectious enthusiasm. A very detailed book with plenty of drawings.
My only gripe is that it is not really new stuff, especially for Europeans, we already know how to grow year round salad, Carrots and other hardy winter crops.
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