Chelsea Green Publishing

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

Pages:208 pages
Book Art:Color photos throughout
Size: 7 x 10 inch
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing
Paperback: 9781603586153
Pub. Date September 18, 2015
eBook: 9781603586160
Pub. Date August 21, 2015

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening

How to Grow Nutrient-Dense, Soil-Sprouted Greens in Less Than 10 days

Availability: In Stock

Paperback

Available Date:
September 18, 2015

$29.95

Availability: In Stock

eBook

Available Date:
August 21, 2015

$29.95 $23.96

The Low-Tech, No-Grow-Lights Approach to Abundant Harvest

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers good news: with nothing more than a cupboard and a windowsill, you can grow all the fresh salad greens you need for the winter months (or throughout the entire year) with no lights, no pumps, and no greenhouse.

Longtime gardener Peter Burke was tired of the growing season ending with the first frost, but due to his busy work schedule and family life, didn’t have the time or interest in high-input grow lights or greenhouses. Most techniques for growing what are commonly referred to as “microgreens” left him feeling overwhelmed and uninterested. There had to be a simpler way to grow greens for his family indoors. After some research and diligent experimenting, Burke discovered he was right—there was a way! And it was even easier than he ever could have hoped, and the greens more nutrient packed. He didn’t even need a south-facing window, and he already had most of the needed supplies just sitting in his pantry. The result: healthy, homegrown salad greens at a fraction of the cost of buying them at the market. The secret: start them in the dark.

Growing “Soil Sprouts”—Burke’s own descriptive term for sprouted seeds grown in soil as opposed to in jars—employs a method that encourages a long stem without expansive roots, and provides delicious salad greens in just seven to ten days, way earlier than any other method, with much less work. Indeed, of all the ways to grow immature greens, this is the easiest and most productive technique. Forget about grow lights and heat lamps! This book is a revolutionary and inviting guide for both first-time and experienced gardeners in rural or urban environments. All you need is a windowsill or two. In fact, Burke has grown up to six pounds of greens per day using just the windowsills in his kitchen! Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers detailed step-by-step instructions to mastering this method (hint: it’s impossible not to succeed, it’s so easy!), tools and accessories to have on hand, seeds and greens varieties, soil and compost, trays and planters, shelving, harvest and storage, recipes, scaling up to serve local markets, and much more.

REVIEWS AND PRAISE

Library Journal-

"Based in Calais, VT, gardener and gardening instructor Burke (thedailygardener.com) argues that anyone can learn easily and quickly to grow a high yield of organic soil sprouts—a nontraditional salad fodder—indoors using minimal square footage and no specialized equipment. This title, a version of which was self-published in 2012, includes a seed reference section, a list of sprout recipes, a FAQ and troubleshooting segment, and a list of sources. The subject matter is relevant to both seasoned and new gardeners in an increasingly ecologically conscious, highly urban society. VERDICT: Recommended for readers interested in sustainable, small-space, and/or winter gardening.”

Publishers Weekly-

"Burke, founder of the Daily Gardener website, gets downright nerdy about seeds, soils, and salads in this treatise on the soil sprout. Not to be confused with the microgreen or the common sprout, Burke’s soil sprouts grow in a special soil growing mix. The seeds start their life in a dark place indoors where they stretch out looking for light. When moved onto a windowsill, the seed leaves turn green—from seed to salad in less than 10 days. The author promises that the process is fairly forgiving of errors, but he also spends a good deal of the book giving precise details about the tricks, tips, and troubleshooting that has occupied his attention for many years. This obsession has become the basis for workshops and even a small indoor ‘farming' business selling greens to the local school cafeteria food service. Yet something about his enthusiasm makes the average home gardener want to run out and buy a bunch of aluminum foil loaf pans and a bale of vermiculite, and go to town with some pea shoots. Recipes and a list of the best seeds to be grown are essential references. The book makes the enterprise of growing salad year-round and inside seem at once appealing and daunting." 

"Peter Burke’s book is a great resource for growing indoor salad greens. The chapters are set up in a simple sequence that is easy to follow. The excellent photos help to show what you should expect along the way. I have been using Peter’s method to teach my students how to grow indoor salad greens, and it’s also an excellent way to teach students of any age about sustainability, soil nutrition, and healthy eating, as well as basic plant requirements such as water, sunlight, and nutrients. Students love to grow soil sprouts because the results are so fast—and delicious!”--Steven Colangeli, Science and Agriculture Teacher at Middlebury Union High School, Vermont

“Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening is not your father’s garden book. This book presents a new way to grow salad greens that doesn’t require a greenhouse or grow tunnel or cold frame or sprouting jars. Step by step, in clear prose with helpful photographs, Peter Burke shows you how to grow an amazing range of greens and gives you tasty hints on how to use what you’ve grown. Buy this book and use it. You won’t regret adding it to your garden library.”--Edward C. Smith, author of The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible 

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening is proof that you don’t need a lot of space, time, or resources to produce nutrient-dense food for you and your family. Peter Burke has written a comprehensive yet easy-to-follow guide to growing real food indoors. His soil sprouts method redefines the word ‘garden.’”--Ben Hewitt, author of The Nourishing Homestead

“Not just another sprouting book! Peter Burke offers new information that will inspire would-be sprouters, who never got started due to lack of space or time, as well as veteran growers of sprouts. This book is the answer for those who desire a fast crop with the least amount of effort, equipment, and expense. I'm sold! I’m dusting off my windowsills now.”--Nomi Shannon, creator of RawGourmet.com and author of What Do Raw Fooders Eat?

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening is for anybody interested in eating local food; how much more local does it get than your windowsill? It is for anyone who wants to grow fresh greens in the winter. It is for anyone who likes a bargain; you spend pennies for greens that you could spend many dollars on. It is for anyone who is interested in eating greens for health; these sprouts are packed with health-promoting substances. It is for anyone who already gardens, and for those who think they can’t. Peter Burke makes growing easy and puts eating local, healthy, delicious food within everyone’s reach. This book is a game changer. I love it.”--Dr. Claudia Welch, author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine, and Western Science

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening is thorough and concisely written, making it a highly useful guide for both novice and advanced gardeners. Peter Burke’s straightforward instructions are easy to understand and provide clear insight on how to produce an abundance of fresh soil-sprouted greens at any time of year. A helpful and inspiring resource for the inquisitive gardener.”--Steve Rodrigue, crop specialist for Johnny’s Selected Seeds

“Astounding and important, simple and doable. Every dollar you invest in Peter Burke’s book can be returned to your pocket by next week.”--Shannon Hayes, author of Radical Homemakers

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening offers an empowering path to growing food in any season and any living space, no matter the size or location. As a longtime grower of soil-sprouted greens, I appreciate Peter Burke’s easy-to-understand style of teaching the basics. His book opens the door to an accessible way of integrating high-vibrational produce into our daily lives. This is an essential book for deepening our practices of self-reliance for greater quality of life.”--Katrina Blair, author of The Wild Wisdom of Weeds

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Peter Burke

Peter Burke has been teaching garden classes since 2006, when he started presenting workshops on Indoor Salad Gardening, Square Foot Gardening, Extending the Garden Season, and many more. He also started thedailygardener.com website to support the need for specialized seeds for Indoor Salad Gardening. Peter lives and gardens in Calais, Vermont, with his family.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

By Andrew Mefferd

Best practices for the eight most profitable crops

Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Why? Because they know and employ best practices for the most profitable crops: tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, peppers, leafy greens, lettuce, herbs, and microgreens. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook levels the playing field by revealing these practices so that all growers—large and small—can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether growing in a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for how to best manage crops that goes beyond a list of simple do’s and don’ts.

As senior trial technician for greenhouse crops at Johnny’s Selected Seeds, author Andrew Mefferd spent seven years consulting for growers using protected agriculture in a wide variety of climates, soils, and conditions. The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook brings his experience and expertise to bear in an in-depth guide that will help readers make their investment in greenhouse space worthwhile.

Every year, more growers are turning to protected culture to deal with unpredictable weather and to meet out-of-season demand for local food, but many end up spinning their wheels, wasting time and money on unprofitable crops grown in ways that don’t make the most of their precious greenhouse space. With comprehensive chapters on temperature control and crop steering, pruning and trellising, grafting, and more, Mefferd’s book is full of techniques and strategies that can help farms stay profitable, satisfy customers, and become an integral part of re-localizing our food system. From seed to sale, The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook is the indispensable resource for protected growing.

Available in: Paperback

Read More

The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower's Handbook

Andrew Mefferd

Paperback $34.95

The Basics of Permaculture Design

The Basics of Permaculture Design

By Ross Mars

The Basics of Permaculture Design, first published in Australia in 1996, is an excellent introduction to the principles of permaculture, design processes, and the tools needed for designing sustainable gardens, farms, and larger communities.

Packed with useful tips, clear illustrations, and a wealth of experience, it guides you through designs for gardens, urban and rural properties, water harvesting systems, animal systems, permaculture in small spaces like balconies and patios, farms, schools, and ecovillages. This is both a do-ityourself guide for the enthusiast and a useful reference for permaculture designers.

Available in: Paperback, eBook

Read More

The Basics of Permaculture Design

Ross Mars, Martin Ducker, David Holmgren

Paperback $25.00

The New Bread Basket

The New Bread Basket

By Amy Halloran

For more than 10,000 years, grains have been the staples of Western civilization. The stored energy of grain allowed our ancestors to shift from nomadic hunting and gathering and build settled communities—even great cities. Though most bread now comes from factory bakeries, the symbolism of wheat and bread—amber waves of grain, the staff of life—still carries great meaning.

Today, bread and beer are once again building community as a new band of farmers, bakers, millers, and maltsters work to reinvent local grain systems. The New Bread Basket tells their stories and reveals the village that stands behind every loaf and every pint.

While eating locally grown crops like heirloom tomatoes has become almost a cliché, grains are late in arriving to local tables, because growing them requires a lot of land and equipment. Milling, malting, and marketing take both tools and cooperation. The New Bread Basket reveals the bones of that cooperation, profiling the seed breeders, agronomists, and grassroots food activists who are collaborating with farmers, millers, bakers, and other local producers. 

Take Andrea and Christian Stanley, a couple who taught themselves the craft of malting and opened the first malthouse in New England in one hundred years. Outside Ithaca, New York, bread from a farmer-miller-baker partnership has become an emblem in the battle against shale gas fracking. And in the Pacific Northwest, people are shifting grain markets from commodity exports to regional feed, food, and alcohol production. Such pioneering grain projects give consumers an alternative to industrial bread and beer, and return their production to a scale that respects people, local communities, and the health of the environment.

Many Americans today avoid gluten and carbohydrates. Yet, our shared history with grains—from the village baker to Wonder Bread—suggests that modern changes in farming and processing could be the real reason that grains have become suspect in popular nutrition. The people profiled in The New Bread Basket are returning to traditional methods like long sourdough fermentations that might address the dietary ills attributed to wheat. Their work and lives make our foundational crops visible, and vital, again.

Available in: Paperback, eBook

Read More

The New Bread Basket

Amy Halloran

Paperback $17.95

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook

By Frank Tozer

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook is an updated version of Frank Tozer's acclaimed book The Vegetable Growers Handbook. Like the original, it covers every aspect of growing all of the common crops (and a number of uncommon ones). As a long-time home gardener, the author knows exactly what information you need to succeed and presents it in a clear, thorough, and even entertaining fashion. There are step-by-step instructions on soil preparation, variety selection, raising transplants, direct sowing, watering, protection, harvesting, storage, seed saving, and much more. He doesn’t just tell you what to do and when to do it, he also tells you why, by explaining in detail how crops grow and why they sometimes don't. The original book received high marks from reader reviewers, with comments like "fantastic," "my gardening bible," and "this book provides more detailed and easy-to-read information on individual crops than any other gardening book I've seen." This new, revised edition has been expanded by 50 percent, with more information on more crops, with the aim of creating the most useful and practical book on vegetable gardening available anywhere.

Available in: Paperback

Read More

The New Vegetable Growers Handbook

Frank Tozer

Paperback $27.95