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4 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 with techniques outlined in these essential books. There’s no need for urbanites and small-space dwellers to feel left out–you, too can celebrate a winter harvest by growing salad greens indoors all year round.

 

 “Our goal was to find the lowest tech and most economical way to extend fresh-vegetable harvest through the winter months.” -Eliot Coleman

 

Four-Season Harvest by Eliot Coleman
Did you know that most of the United States gets more winter sunshine than the south of France? This book will teach you how to harness it with cold frames and plastic-covered tunnel greenhouses (without supplementary heat). With advice from one of America’s leading organic farming experts, you’ll soon be feasting on fresh produce from your own garden all through the winter.

 

The Winter Harvest Handbook by Eliot Coleman
Describing techniques perfected over more than 20 years of managing the world-famous Four Season Farm, this is the definitive guide to growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses. Enjoy the fruits of your labor all year round, or turn a profit with Coleman’s tips and wisdom on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting, and even marketing methods.

Year-Round Indoor Salad Gardening by Peter Burke
Peter Burke was tired of the growing season ending with the first frost, yet also wanted a simpler way to grow greens indoors. Luckily for us, he discovered a solution. After much research and diligent experimenting, he created a clear-cut, foolproof method for growing healthy greens indoors in less than 10 days—without special grow lamps or equipment. The secret? Soil sprouts. This book is perfect for you if you live in a small space or you’re looking to extend your growing season without a lot of fuss.
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FORTHCOMING:
The Greenhouse and Hoophouse Grower’s Handbook by Andrew Mefferd
Today only a few dozen large-scale producers dominate the greenhouse produce market. Not anymore! This book levels the playing field by revealing the best practices used by these market giants to cultivate the eight most profitable crops so that all growers—large and small—can maximize the potential of their protected growing space. Whether you’re using a heated greenhouse or unheated hoophouse, this book offers a decision-making framework for managing crops that goes beyond a list of simple do’s and don’ts. Preorder now.


Survive the Winter Blues: Grow, Eat and Plan

There is no denying it: the days are short and unless you planned for a winter garden, fresh vegetables from your backyard have long passed. But don’t let the winter get you down. There are plenty of recipes to last you through the cold season and into the ‘hungry gap’. And we’ve shared a few […] Read More

Soil Blocks vs. Pots: Two Ways to Start Seedlings This Spring

When it comes to starting your first seedlings, are you a pothead or a blockhead? We’re talking about using pots versus soil blocks and no matter which you choose, our authors offer step-by-step methods and troubleshooting advice. Master gardener Eliot Coleman is an advocate for soil blocks. In the excerpt below from The New Organic Grower, […] Read More

8 steps to Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens

Like hot sauce? Fermenting? Wild greens? This Fermented Hot Sauce with Wild Greens recipe from The New Wildcrafted Cuisine has it all! Wild foods are becoming increasingly popular, as more and more people want to learn how to identify plants and forage for their own ingredients, but self-described “culinary alchemist” deeply explores the flavors of […] Read More

Books to Curl up with this Winter!

William Wordsworth was right when he said, “Nature never did betray the heart that loved her.” Nevertheless, the cold, dark days of winter can still get the best of even Nature’s most tenderhearted admirer. What’s one to do? We here at Chelsea Green have concocted the perfect cabin fever remedy with our suggested winter reading […] Read More

Care of the Soil

Caring for the soil is the farmer’s number one task; if the soil is healthy, the crops will look after themselves. As the average age of America’s farmers continues to rise, we face serious questions about what farming will look like in the near future, and who will be growing our food. Many younger people […] Read More
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