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    Eliot Coleman(Author)

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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.

a"Four-Season Harvest" is a magnificent work. Itas enticing, inspiring, sensible, and it opens a whole new world for the home grower.a--Peter Fossel, "Country Journal"

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  • PDF | 236 pages
  • Eliot Coleman(Author)
  • Chelsea Green Publishing Co; 2nd Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1990)
  • English
  • 2
  • Home & Garden

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  • By Guest on 6 November 2003

    This book is written by and for American gardeners, although it is also relevant for Europe. The theme is protected cropping and some original research has been carried out by the authors which is very interesting, they hammer home how protected cropping can be very productive, allowing harvesting even when snow has fallen.My only gripe is that it is not really new stuff, especially for Europeans, we already know how to grow year round salad, Carrots and other hardy winter crops.

  • By Dr. Bates on 24 August 2009

    This book is everything the other reviews say and more - it's great! However, the flaw for UK readers is revealed early on when Coleman discusses the issue of latitude - it's not heat that winter veg need, as much as light - and his model is predicated on living around the 44th latitude or less, like most of the U.S. and indeed the South of France (where he gets much of his inspiration from). Unfortunately for us, the great majority of the UK is above the 50th degree of latitude. Whilst we obviously can grow winter greens, we share the well documented difficulty referred to in this book of having limited winter sunlight and therefore higher levels of nitrate in our greens. My reading of the literature out there is that this is believed to be potentially harmful in terms of transmutation into cancer causing nitrites in the body - some countries certainly set maximum limits for nitrates in their green veg. I've read that you can mitigate this issue by harvesting after a sunny morning, when levels are reduced, but it doesn't exactly fill one with enthusiasm for the idea of growing winter greens that may actually be unhealthy!I did consider returning this book on this basis, but the truth is that it's so engaging and contains such a lot of useful information that even though I don't think I will be following its exhortation to four season harvesting, there is still a lot in there to make it worth the space on my bookshelf. Just bear in mind the difference in geography.

  • By escapedchickens on 14 December 2007

    Eliot Coleman and his wife Barbara Damrosch are on a crusade to get gardeners harvesting from their gardens all year round.Imagine harvesting around 30 different species from your garden in the frozen heart of winter. It's not impossible! This book really inspires you to plan the gardening year in a new way. It gives all the information you need to build cold frames, tunnels and other forms of crop protection; tells you when and what to plant to get successful yields from your veg plot even when it's under snow!Coleman is really passionate about this subject and will convert you to his cause with his infectious enthusiasm. A very detailed book with plenty of drawings.

  • By L. J. Rudd on 1 August 2008

    This book would appear to be useful if you live in America but its not much use for UK gardeners as weather and levels of winter sunlight are completely different. Very dissapointed

  • By Greenky on 12 November 2013

    A really informative, detailed and practical book for the home gardener/allotmenteer. Based on decades of experience and personal research, this professional grower generously shares his knowledge and makes it accessible and easy to follow. I am a complete fan of his now! ; )

  • By Mrs Marlena S Judd on 10 October 2013

    This book gave us LOADS of ideas for growing different things all year long.......and putting to good use the different growing seasons. Money well spent.

  • By H. E. Chisholm on 4 November 2009

    I purchased this book because I have been growing my own veg for seven years now but have never managed to keep things going in the winter, once the clocks change and I can no longer pick runner beans. That's it. This book is actually a good read! And it has insprired be to have a go, I already have a greenhouse and its is very unlikly that I will have to clear snow too often to harvest crops.

  • By Mark Docker on 30 May 2015

    This has to be one of my favorite books that I have bought in the last twelve months. a really good interesting read. If you are into growing your own veg I would thoroughly recommend you buy this book.


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