How to Grow Winter Vegetables

By Charles Dowding

How to Grow Winter Vegetables
Paperback, 232 pages £14.95
Published: 21st April 2011
ISBN: 9781900322881
Format: 170mm x 234mm

Category: GARDENING, COMPOSTING & AGRICULTURE

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How to Grow Winter Vegetables shows that it is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. It also covers growing for the ‘hungry gap’ from April to early June.

Not much grows in winter, but a well-organised plot may nonetheless be quite full. You need to plan carefully, and well ahead (as early as spring) for sowing and planting at specific times through the year, so the main part of the book is an extensive month-by-month sowing, planting and growing calendar. Further sections cover harvesting, from garlic in July right through to the last of the overwintered greens in May, and storing your produce.

Many salads can be grown in winter, especially with a little protection from fleece, cloches or larger structures. The book includes a whole section on frost-hardy salad plants, explaining how to ensure harvests of fresh leaves throughout winter. The beauty of winter and its produce is captured in glorious photographs from the author’s garden.

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Introduction

 PART 1              Winter’s potential                                                        

Chapter 1    A forgotten season                      

Chapter 2    A winter’s scene                        

 

PART 2              Preparing for winter                                                      

Chapter 3    Looking after your soil                 

Chapter 4    Making your own compost                 

Chapter 5    What to grow for winter                 

Chapter 6    Tips for sowing & planting              

 

PART 3       Sowing, planting & growing calendar               

Chapter 7    Sowing & planting in spring             

Chapter 8    Sowing & planting in early summer       

Chapter 9    Sowing & planting in late summer & autumn

 

PART 4       Winter harvests

Chapter 10   Winter harvests calendar                

Chapter 11   Winter & hungry gap vegetables A–Z      

 

PART 5       Stored harvests                                                           

Chapter 12   Principles of storing for winter        

Chapter 13   Vegetables for winter storage A–Z       

 

PART 6       Winter vegetables under cover                                      

Chapter 14   Under-cover growing                     

Chapter 15   An amazing array of vegetables          

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"This fabulous book is ideal for those seeking to extend their basic knowledge and experience."

- Gardens Illustrated - June 2011

"Charles Dowding is an incomparable guide to the exhilarating, frustrating and downright addictive nature of growing salads and vegetables in the garden or allotment. [...] This gloriously practical and inspiring book is full of good photographs, and is handsomely produced in full colour by Green Books."

- The Lady - Summer 2011

"Whether you have years of gardening experience or are just at the novice stage there is so much to learn from this excellent book. It is a very well illustrated book with some wonderful colour photographs and will make an excellent reference book in your gardening library."

- Smallholder - September 2011

"An invaluable book, intelligent of course, and inspiring too."

- Anna Pavord

“I suppose it was time that the secret was let out. Winter is really a wonderful time to garden. Sure there are dark days and wet days but there are also many brilliant, clear crisp days when being out in the garden is a wonderful prospect. With Charles’s advice at hand you can be sure that there also be plenty to eat too from winter salads to sweet parsnips, this not a period to go hungry in.

Spring may bring with it much needed light and warmer weather, but it can be a very hungry period. As Charles says, winter can cast a very long shadow, but with this book, the right preparation and a little work you can still be eating plenty.

Our British weather is fickle and not a little uncertain, but it does allow a year of growing and eating. Charles’ book is a paean to our weather, climate and soil. It celebrates all that is good about growing year round and I guarantee that you’ll actually look forward to winter after this read.” 

- Alys Fowler

"This book opens up a needlessly neglected and wonderful part of gardening - winter with your own vegetables is a much better place to be. Charles's book is a comprehensive, practical and inspiring guide.”

- Sarah Raven

Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized organic gardening expert. He talks on radio and television and contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners’ WorldGardens llustrated and Grow It! He gives regular talks, runs courses and advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust in the UK. 

He is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for many years. In his gardens over the years he has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He has discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields, more weeds and slugs found on the dug beds.  He is currently establishing a new  garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. 

He says: "I have always been interested in lookiing 'behind the scenes' and asking why things are as they are, questioning practices that are taken for granted. This led me to grow organically, at a time when the chemical approach was rarely challenged."

His books for Green Books are:

Organic Gardening: the natural, no-dig way

Salad Leaves for All Seasons

How to Grow Winter Vegetables

Gardening Myths and Misconceptions

Find out more at www.charlesdowding.co.uk.

Photo: Stephanie Hafferty

Book Launch: Gardening Myths and Misconceptions by Charles Dowding

Green Books - Author photos - Charles DowdingDate: Friday 16th May 2014
Time: 7.30pm for 8pm start
Location: Topping Bookstore, Bath

Green Books author Charles Dowding will be launching his new book, Gardening Myths and Misconceptions at Topping Book shop, Bath on Friday May 16th 2014.

For more information and for booking, click here.



Publication Details:

Binding: Paperback, 232 pages
ISBN: 9781900322881
Format: 170mm x 234mm

BIC Code: WMPF
BISAC Code:  GAR005000, GAR025000
Imprint: Green Books


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