Four Season Harvest, by Eliot Coleman, is encouraging to every gardener and would-be gardener living in a cold climate.
He’s got a newer book out on the same topic, The Winter Harvest Handbook: Year Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses, so I wasn’t sure about adding this one to my blog, but evidently both are well-regarded at Amazon and this is the one I’ve read. Year-round gardening is an increasingly important topic, as we move toward greater self-reliance and local food.
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.