Four Books for Growing Food in Winter
Don’t let cold weather stop you from producing and enjoying your own food! For many, the coming of winter simply means cultivation moves indoors or under cover. Small farmers, homesteaders, home gardeners, and commercial growers can extend the growing season by following just a few of the techniques outlined in the books below. And, there’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers to feel left out – you, too, can celebrate a winter harvest by growing fresh produce indoors all year round with help from our Farming & Homesteading and Gardening books.
If you love eating home-grown vegetables but always thought you had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces readers to the surprising fact that most U.S. states receive more winter sunshine than the south of France. In his book, Four-Season Harvest, Coleman shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of vegetables during the winter months by using backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat.
Don’t have space for a full-size garden? Or are you looking for ways to increase your access to fresh greens all year long? 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.
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!
Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start the organic farming movement 30 years ago with his book, The New Organic Grower. Now there is a revised and updated version, The New Organic Grower, 3rd Edition, with even more tips, tricks, and tidbits! He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.
In The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can gain access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers alike can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.
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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.
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It might seem like a myth that you can grow food in an unheated greenhouse during the winter, but we’re here to prove you wrong. As long as there is sunlight there are several techniques you can use to keep your crops warm enough to harvest well into the cold weather. The key? Layers. Just…Read More
If you’re a tomato connoisseur you probably already know just how many varieties of these delicious summertime staples there are. But do you know what makes each one unique? Or how to cultivate them depending on your growing environment? No? Well then sit back and enjoy the read! The following is an excerpt from The…Read More
Continuing to grow your crops and harvest them well into the winter months seems like an impossible task. How can they grow when weather conditions are far from warm sunny days? It’s all about adapting to what the season gives you. With the proper techniques and studying the patterns of your area’s climate, growing and…Read More
Just because the temperatures have started to drop doesn’t mean you have to live without fresh greens until spring. No matter what size home you live in, there’s room for a garden of soil-grown sprouts to carry you through the depths of winter. You just need a little guidance from someone who understands the struggles…Read More