Synopses & Reviews
It is possible, with the help of this book, to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. It also covers growing for the “hungry gap” from April to early June. Not much grows in winter, but a well-organized plot may nonetheless be quite full. This book helps gardeners plan carefully, and well ahead, sowing and planting at specific times through the year. The main part of the book is an extensive month-by-month sowing, planting, and growing calendar. Further sections cover harvesting—from garlic in July right through to the last of the overwintered greens in May—and storing your produce. Many salads can be grown in winters, especially with a little protection from fleece, cloches, or larger structures. The book includes a whole section on frost-hardy salad plants, explaining how to ensure harvests of fresh leaves throughout winter. The beauty of winter and its produce is captured in glorious photographs from the author's garden.
Winter and early spring require a different kind of gardening than the summer months: not a lot grows at this time, but a well-planned plot may nonetheless be quite full.This book explains how to have plenty of vegetables to eat during the winter months, both stored and fresh. Through winter, soil is cool and transforms the plot into a large outdoor larder where many vegetables keep healthy and alive, ready for harvesting when needed.
- How to grow your own food for the 'hungry gap' from April to June
- How to store food for eating in winter
- Includes a monthly sowing, planting, and growing calendar
- Harvesting advice, from garlic in July to spring cabbage and pea shoots in May
- Stunning photographs from the author's garden
About the Author
Charles Dowding has been growing organic vegetables commercially for 30 years, without soil cultivation. He is the author of Organic Gardening and Salad Leaves. He also writes articles for several gardening publications, lectures, and runs courses on how best to look after soil and plants.