The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live Paperback – Dec 14 2011
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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.
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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!
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.
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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Very helpful, handy book. Covers all climate situations, so you have to research a bit for your own area, but still a pretty good book.Published 5 days ago by S. E
I looked through this book all evening and can't believe how complete and full of great info it is. I can't wait to finish it and to try some of her amazing tips. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent! I'm not having all that much luck with carrots, but hardy leafy green are doing really well. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Skye Hye
Truly a great book, I recommend it highly. I cannot wait to put all this knowledge into practice.Published 5 months ago by S.I.C