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The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live [Paperback]

Niki Jabbour , Joseph De Sciose
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Dec 14 2011
The first frost used to be the end of the vegetable gardening season — but not anymore! In The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, Nova Scotia–based gardener and writer Niki Jabbour shares her secrets for growing food during every month of the year. Her season-defying techniques, developed in her own home garden where short summers and low levels of winter sunlight create the ultimate challenge, are doable, affordable, and rewarding for gardeners in any location where frost has traditionally ended the growing season.

Jabbour explains how to make every month a vegetable-gardening month. She provides in-depth instruction for all of her time-tested techniques, including selecting the best varieties for each season, mastering the art of succession planting, and maximizing the use of space throughout the year to increase production. She also offers complete instructions for making affordable protective structures that keep vegetables viable and delicious throughout the colder months. 

What could be more amazing than harvesting fresh greens in February? Jabbour’s proven, accessible methods make this dream possible for food gardeners everywhere.

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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, and she blogs at 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
5.0 out of 5 stars A veggie gardener's must-have Feb. 1 2012
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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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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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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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait till spring: Garden year-round March 28 2012
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: I am a skeptic no more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring and Entertaining April 27 2012
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful resource March 7 2012
By dlegere
I have many gardening books, this book is the most informative and easy to read. I love the photos and layout. She makes planning the garden so easy , this will be my first year to try year around gardening. Thank you Niki. Deborah(shorelinegardener)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome advice! April 1 2012
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This book opened my eyes to what we can really grow in our northern climate. Well written! Will make you want to get out and start growing something. Recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Personal Veggie Garden Advisor 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Oct. 17 2012
By Seven
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars As billed, a useful veggie gardening guide for Canadians
This is a very useful book. It is nicely designed with lots of colour and useful graphics and tables inside. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ronald W. Peters
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent information, I am definitely trying myself to grow ...
Excellent information, I am definitely trying myself to grow some veggies in the snow :)

I am in zone 3 though so I am not sure this is possible without extra heat... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Gunnar Lorentzen
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest gardening book ever!
Great book on winter gardening as well as summer gardening. I love the part on each and every vegetable. It's the only book I use now.
Published 1 month ago by Tanguay, Marie-Eve
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
Loved this book! I have gardened for many years but still learned a lot from this very knowledgeable young gardener. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jean Folsom
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-have for the organic gardener!
Finally, a book for colder climate zones!
Organic gardening methods, composting and soil mulches too! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Nicole Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Year round gardening!
For someone new to gardening, I am loving the whole aspect of being able to continue that year round. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Kathryn Kosmo
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical useful advice on growing vegetables in a northern climate
This is a terrific book for anyone interested in growing vegetables. My only issue was the charts were hard to read on my kindle.I think I will buy a paperback version. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pamela Pippy
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Great book for beginner with no green fingers like me, if you are starting out and have never done anything more than a house plant then this is the book for you!
Published 5 months ago by Dax
5.0 out of 5 stars Great overview of winter gardening
A friend of mine let me borrow this book but after reading it I had to buy it for myself. I can't wait to create my own cold frame with some of my old windows this winter!
Published 7 months ago by nadia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great reference book!
This book is a very comprehensive, easy to understand reference for those wishing to extend their growing season. Read more
Published 11 months ago by ladyonlake
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