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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (Dec 14 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603425683
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603425681
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 1.8 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Garden-Fresh Food Summer, Winter, and Every Time in Between

Make every month a vegetable gardening month with Niki Jabbour's proven techniques for year-round growing and harvesting. Begin by planting your vegetables during the seasons they prefer -- tomatoes and peppers need summer sun and heat; asparagus and radishes thrive in cooler weather; and kale, lettuce, and scallions tolerate frost and come alive under winter sunshine. Apply Niki's intensive gardening methods and some affordable and easy-to-assemble protective structures, and your vegetable garden will reward you with fresh, delicious produce even on short, cold winter days.

About the Author

Niki Jabbour is a food gardener and garden writer who lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Her articles have appeared in Canadian Gardening, Garden Making, Gardens East, The Heirloom Gardener, and other publications. She is the host of The Weekend Gardener, a call-in radio show that airs throughout the Maritime provinces on News 95.7 FM and www.news957.com, and she blogs at www.yearroundveggiegardener.blogspot.com. Her garden boasts over 40 heirloom vegetables and herbs that keep her family eating fresh food year-round.



Award-winning photographer Joseph De Sciose is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in numerous books and magazines, including The New York Times Magazine, Country Living Gardener, House & Garden, and Country Home.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Amy Thomson on Feb. 1 2012
Format: Paperback
How-to, non-fiction books, while informative, are typically very mechanical and dry. But I LOVE Niki Jabbour's book! It's got a fun, easy writing style, and I actually sat down and read it cover to cover like a regular book. The descriptions of setting up a year-round garden are clear and simple, the photos are gorgeous, and I actually got hungry from the descriptions of individual veggies you can try out in your year-round garden. The book is brimming with the author's enthusiasm and knowledge, and even my husband(who is NOT a gardener) leafed through it a little and got so excited that he immediately went out in our yard and removed some trees to make more garden space so we can try the stuff in this book. I definitely recommend this book for any gardener who wishes the growing season was a little longer.
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This is an excellent reference book for people in all climates, but especially for those who live in our more challenging Canadian Climate.
Niki has worked hard to make it easy to read without "dumbing it down".

It is well laid out with detailed information about most of the common vegetables and a few uncommon ones.

The information on how to extend the growing season is also broken down into easy steps.

The bottom line for growing vegetables for most of the year is growing the appropriate ones for the season and timing their seeding and planting times correctly.

Well Done, Niki!
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Donna Balzer on March 28 2012
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NO GUFF VEGETABLE GARDENINGNiki Jabbour fell into the winter gardening idea kinda by accident. She was all done for the year when she noticed some still edible Corn Salad in her November garden. She tossed a row cover on it and kept right on harvesting and eating. Winter gardening works for Nikki.

I told her I was a sceptic. She lives in a relatively warm zone 5-6. "How are all those poor zone 2-3 gardeners gonna do it I asked?" That's when she told me it was Minus 28 Celcius in Halifax last week. Ouch. Obviously at those temperatures when she was out gathering Kale it is frozen solid. No problem, says Jabbour, who is known to crumble and put the frozen extras away in the freezer for later use in soups and stews or give it frozen to her kids and call it Kale-cicles" - kind of a mother approved version of the always popular popsicle.

Is Jabbour wildly creative? Yes. In her book she shares her Lebanese Mother-in-law's love of Endive (not the Belgium Endive - the real thing- page 142). She talks about not being handy but together with her husband she supported her row covers so they could support her plants after a heavy 2' deep wet Halifax snow (page 62). She is sympathetic with my woody dense carrots harvested yesterday - and suggests gently I should have tried Napoli carrots- a variety known to be sweet year round. Even with 30 years gardening experience I am always learning. I check my big supply of seeds just in from various suppliers. No Napoli's on order. Better order them before Steve beats me to it and orders them all.
Beautiful Book: check
Lovely descriptive full colour photos: check
Good guides to getting started and making it work: check

Buy Nikki's book if you want to stretch your season for vegetables beyond May 24-Sept 1. For some podcasts check out my blog: donnabalzer.blogspot.com. I am a skeptic no more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By David M.F. Chapman on April 27 2012
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I have been growing vegetables in my back yard for years, and reading Niki's book I feel inspired to step it up a notch and extend my short growing season into fall and beyond. This book has many layers of information for the beginning to advanced gardener. Niki lives and breathes gardening and her enthusiasm is infectious. Not afraid to admit her own past mistakes, Niki shows that anyone can "dig in" and produce tasty home vegetables with minimal investment, following some time-honoured principles and using materials at hand. I can't wait to harvest salad greens in the middle of next winter! You will not regret buying this book, even if you remain a summer gardener.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Seven on Oct. 17 2012
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Just got "The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live".
I did not have a chance to read it all, but based on the material that I saw, I highly recommend the book, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO LEARN THE SUBJECT.
I think that there are better gardening books out there, BUT this one shows the experience of Niki Jabbour and her garden.
I was amazed to see the back yard full of snow (around 2 to 3 feet), and in a small area beautiful green vegetables.
If you really want to learn how to grow vegetable in your yard all year long, I believe that this book will inspire you to get going.
I do not have a lot of experience on this subject, so I can highly recommend the book, however if you are an advanced gardener, I am not sure how it will apply to you.
For me though, I have to give it the thumbs up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Constance on Sept. 13 2013
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Having spent 25 years growing hundreds of thousands of wildflowers, I've come somewhat late to the vegetable garden party. Last year, when I decided it was high time to grow as many of our own veggies as possible I turned to Niki Jabbour's Year-Round Vegetable Gardener and it has not let me down. Filled with practical, hands-on information, this book has got it covered. (pardon the pun!!) I needed help to sort out which veggies to grow when and where and found the answers in this well designed, easy to read book! Best of all, I garden in Ontario, Canada and Niki's growing zone is even colder than mine so she understands the challenges of year-round vegetable gardening in Canada. Hoooray for Climate Empathy!!!
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