The Winter Harvest Handbook for year round vege production
As we start growing plants in our new green house we really need the input on how to grow things that will last for at least part of the winter. This book is great as a reference and we plan to make good use of the information in it.
Lots of content easily used by home gardeners
This book is written by and for a small commercial farmer but at least 90% of it is directly applicable to the home gardener. The 3 keys are: plant selection, constructing cheap-easy hoop shelters, and succession planting. He's in Maine so his methods will work in most of the USA.
Great Ideas for Extending the Gardening Season
Coleman provides some very interesting ideas for extending the gardening season. I wish more of the ideas were adapted for the backyard gardener. Many of his ideas coud be adapted to small spaces.
I own this book and the New Organic book, looked at the Four Season Harvest book last while visiting Barnes and Noble. It seemed more applicable. It's great Mr.Coleman grows so much produce he can sell it but I am more interested in how I can do that. The Four Season Harvest book is better IMO. It is pretty impressive a man can enlighten people about how he goes about growing food in what, a least 3 books? Must mean he left something out in the others he has written. Maybe an Elliot Coleman Boxset? Not that he titled his books the Complete ... I'm going to stick to Steve Solomon, John Jeavons, and Louise Riotte for now. Elliot Coleman did not peg my meter :)
This is, as many have already noted, written for those with larger tracts of land than the average backyard gardener, but the concepts will easily translate to a small garden. I am still reading this, but all in all, I have learned some good things, know I will learn more, and hope to put up our own two layers soon.
Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that?s taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine.Now, with his long-awaited new book, The Winter Harvest Handbook, anyone can have access to his hard-won experience. Gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. Readers have access to all the techniques that have proven to produce higher-quality crops on Coleman?s own farm.His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it ?just can?t be done.?