Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round

Cool Season Gardener: Extend the Harvest, Plan Ahead, and Grow Vegetables Year Round

by Bill Thorness


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"Along comes Bill Thorness, beautifully encouraging gardeners to take their edibles to the next level." —Edible Seattle

* The first wholly new, focused, and comprehensive guide to growing winter crops in the Pacific Northwest and other maritime climates

* Promotes year-round outdoor activity, food and garden sustainability, and a smaller carbon footprint

How would you like to serve your own carrots for Thanksgiving next year, or fresh-from-the-garden salad at the winter solstice? Or how about collards for Christmas, leeks on New Year's, and lovely red beets for Valentine's Day, all right from your own garden? You can, without much trouble, by practicing winter, or "cool-season," gardening.

Cool Season Gardener is longtime gardening writer Bill Thorness's friendly guide to maintaining your garden year-round even in dark, damp, maritime climates. He shows you how to keep the garden in production in cold months, practice succession planning for sowing and transplanting, plant cover crops, utilize homemade garden structures, and more.

Even the most avid gardeners might be surprised to learn all the benefits of cool season gardening—the fact that it is often less work than summer gardening due to slower growth and less maintenance, or the seasonal bonus of having fewer pests. Not to mention that year-round gardening will create substantial savings on your food bill, while at the same time yielding fresh, homegrown produce on your table every month of the year. And Thorness wants you to know it's easier than you think!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594857157
Publisher: Mountaineers Books, The
Publication date: 03/28/2013
Pages: 182
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

BILL THORNESS is the author of Biking Puget Sound as well as a prolific gardening writer. His work has appeared in the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Metropolitan and more. He is the editor of the Seattle Tilth newsletter and served as president of Seattle Tilth's board of directors. He lives with his wife in Seattle, Washington.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Introduction 9

Part I Laying the Groundwork

1 Developing a Seasonal Sensibility 13

2 Understanding Our Weather 25

3 Siting the Cool-Season Garden 35

4 Building the Soil 43

5 Planting Seeds and Starts 59

Part II Becoming a Cool-Season Gardener

6 Expanding Your Seasonal Perception 71

7 Taking Easy Steps to Extend the Growing Season 91

8 Learning Advanced Practices for Season Extension 105

9 Choosing Cool-Season Vegetables 135

10 Troubleshooting 155

Appendix: Building Projects 161

Resources 175

Index 178

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