How to Grow Winter Vegetables

How to Grow Winter Vegetables

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How to Grow Winter Vegetables shows that it is possible 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-organised plot may nonetheless be quite full. You need to plan carefully, and well ahead (as early as spring) for sowing and planting at specific times through the year, so 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 winter, 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.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 167.64 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • Totnes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • col. Illustrations
  • 1900322889
  • 9781900322881
  • 48,155

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"This fabulous book is ideal for those seeking to extend their basic knowledge and experience." * Gardens Illustrated - June 2011 * "Charles Dowding is an incomparable guide to the exhilarating, frustrating and downright addictive nature of growing salads and vegetables in the garden or allotment. [...] This gloriously practical and inspiring book is full of good photographs, and is handsomely produced in full colour by Green Books." * The Lady - Summer 2011 * "Whether you have years of gardening experience or are just at the novice stage there is so much to learn from this excellent book. It is a very well illustrated book with some wonderful colour photographs and will make an excellent reference book in your gardening library." * Smallholder - September 2011 * "An invaluable book, intelligent of course, and inspiring too." * Anna Pavord *
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About Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized organic gardening expert and winner of the 2014 Garden Media Guild Practical Journalist of the Year award. He talks on radio and television and contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners' World, Gardens llustrated and Grow It! He gives regular talks, runs courses and advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust in the UK. He is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for many years. In his gardens over the years he has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He has discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields, more weeds and slugs found on the dug beds. He is currently establishing a new garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. He says: "I have always been interested in lookiing 'behind the scenes' and asking why things are as they are, questioning practices that are taken for granted. This led me to grow organically, at a time when the chemical approach was rarely challenged." His books for Green Books are:
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Table of contents


PART 1 Winter's potential

Chapter 1 A forgotten season

Chapter 2 A winter's scene

PART 2 Preparing for winter

Chapter 3 Looking after your soil

Chapter 4 Making your own compost

Chapter 5 What to grow for winter

Chapter 6 Tips for sowing & planting

PART 3 Sowing, planting & growing calendar

Chapter 7 Sowing & planting in spring

Chapter 8 Sowing & planting in early summer

Chapter 9 Sowing & planting in late summer & autumn

PART 4 Winter harvests

Chapter 10 Winter harvests calendar

Chapter 11 Winter & hungry gap vegetables A-Z

PART 5 Stored harvests

Chapter 12 Principles of storing for winter

Chapter 13 Vegetables for winter storage A-Z

PART 6 Winter vegetables under cover

Chapter 14 Under-cover growing

Chapter 15 An amazing array of vegetables

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