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Mother Earth News recommends The Winter Harvest Handbook

George DeVault over at Mother Earth News wrote this fabulous review of Eliot Coleman’s The Winter Harvest Handbook for the publication’s October/November issue.

“In my opinion”, DeVault writes, “The Winter Harvest Handbook is absolutely the best of the three books Coleman has written. It belongs in every homestead library.” What an endorsement! Read on.

The Winter Harvest Handbook
Learn successful winter gardening techniques that can be applied almost anywhere in the United States.
By George DeVault

Gardening in winter is possible anywhere using deep organic techniques and unheated greenhouses, according to gardening expert Eliot Coleman. His latest book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, is packed with practical — and profitable — advice on growing organic vegetables in winter.

Though Coleman has been gardening year round in coastal Maine (Zone 5) for 15 years, he doesn’t claim to have all the answers. But The Winter Harvest Handbook does contain three guiding principles that have helped him gross $80,000 per acre annually and will assure you success as well, no matter where you live:

1. Plant Cold-Hardy Vegetables. Crops such as spinach and lettuce, Coleman says, “actually thrive and are sweeter, tenderer and more flavorful” in cold weather.

2. Implement Succession Planting. Coleman begins planting winter garden crops on Aug. 1, the start of what he calls the “second spring.”

3. Protect Your Plants. Grow under some kind of cover, be it a low tunnel, row covers or a hoop house.

Read the full article at Mother Earth News.

Eliot Coleman’s The Winter Harvest Handbook is available now.


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