Four Season Harvest: How to Harvest Fresh Organic Vegetables from Your Home Gardens All Year Long: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long / Edition 2

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Overview

If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine.

This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition. Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter.

To learn more about the possibility of a four-season farm, please visit Coleman's website www.fourseasonfarm.com.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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

Publishers Weekly-
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.

Peter V. Fossel
Four-Season Harvest is a magnificent work. It's enticing, inspiring, sensible, and it opens a whole new world for rthe home grower. —Country Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890132279
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1999
  • Series: The House That Jack Built Ser.
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 236
  • Sales rank: 81,785
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Eliot Coleman has over thirty years' experience in all aspects of organic farming, including field vegetables, greenhouse vegetables, rotational grazing of cattle and sheep, and range poultry. He is the author of The New Organic Grower, Four-Season Harvest, and The Winter Harvest Handbook, as well as the instructional workshop DVD Year-Round Vegetable Production with Eliot Coleman. Coleman and his wife, Barbara Damrosch, presently operate a commercial year-round market garden, in addition to horticultural research projects, at Four Season Farm in Harborside, Maine.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2009

    Winter Wonders Revealed

    This book is an inspiration. It has inspired me to give winter gardening a try.

    If you love to garden and hate to see it end in the fall, this book is one for your collection. The "research" done is mostly the author's personal travels and trials doing something he loves, sifting through the details and letting the reader know what works and what doesn't and why. He gives good tips that a basic gardener may not be aware of.

    One of the best parts about this book is that everything he uses, tools, growing aids, etc, are all hand-made and require no electricity, heat, or other external source of power to help the garden grow. He uses the simple logic of nature to do the work for him and helps it along as any resourceful human would.

    If you read this in the winter you'll be bumming that you hadn't read it sooner so you could go out and start your own winter garden. I'll be prepared for my first trial in winter gardening this fall.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2002

    Must read for Gardeners

    This is an excellent book! For those who wish to expand their harvests, this is it. I have applied what Eliot has recommended and have had great results.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2005

    Inspiring

    Coleman's sensible approach is truly inspiring. I can't wait to try some of the techniques and veggies that I never thought I could grow at times of the year that I have usually abandoned the garden.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2009

    Great book

    Great book. Practical and doable with minimum DIY skills

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted May 23, 2013

    What a wonderful book!

    This was such an enjoyable book to read..I could barely put the book down every night so I could go to sleep. This book is filled with many emotions- love, friendship, etc. It's a wonderful story that anyone will enjoy reading.

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