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"Along comes Bill Thorness, beautifully encouraging gardeners to take their edibles to the next level." —Edible Seattle
* The first wholly new, focused, and comprehensive guide to growing winter crops in the Pacific Northwest and other maritime climates
* Promotes year-round outdoor activity, food and garden sustainability, and a smaller carbon footprint
How would you like to serve your own carrots for Thanksgiving next year, or fresh-from-the-garden salad at the winter solstice? Or how about collards for Christmas, leeks on New Year's, and lovely red beets for Valentine's Day, all right from your own garden? You can, without much trouble, by practicing winter, or "cool-season," gardening.
Cool Season Gardener is longtime gardening writer Bill Thorness's friendly guide to maintaining your garden year-round even in dark, damp, maritime climates. He shows you how to keep the garden in production in cold months, practice succession planning for sowing and transplanting, plant cover crops, utilize homemade garden structures, and more.
Even the most avid gardeners might be surprised to learn all the benefits of cool season gardening—the fact that it is often less work than summer gardening due to slower growth and less maintenance, or the seasonal bonus of having fewer pests. Not to mention that year-round gardening will create substantial savings on your food bill, while at the same time yielding fresh, homegrown produce on your table every month of the year. And Thorness wants you to know it's easier than you think!
|Publisher:||Mountaineers Books, The|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
BILL THORNESS is the author of Biking Puget Sound as well as a prolific gardening writer. His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Metropolitan and more. He is the editor of the Seattle Tilth newsletter and served as president of Seattle Tilth's board of directors. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.
Table of Contents
Part I Laying the Groundwork
1 Developing a Seasonal Sensibility 13
2 Understanding Our Weather 25
3 Siting the Cool-Season Garden 35
4 Building the Soil 43
5 Planting Seeds and Starts 59
Part II Becoming a Cool-Season Gardener
6 Expanding Your Seasonal Perception 71
7 Taking Easy Steps to Extend the Growing Season 91
8 Learning Advanced Practices for Season Extension 105
9 Choosing Cool-Season Vegetables 135
10 Troubleshooting 155
Appendix: Building Projects 161