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

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PDF, 232 pages
Published: 30th August 2011
ISBN: 9780857840387
Published: 5th July 2012
ISBN: 9780857841032

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It is possible, with the help of this book, 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-organized plot may nonetheless be quite full. This book helps gardeners plan carefully, and well ahead, sowing and planting at specific times through the year. 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 winters, 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.


 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          


"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

"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

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

- Anna Pavord

"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 has been growing organic vegetables for nearly 30 years and was an early pioneer of vegetable boxes. He runs organic gardening courses from his farm in Somerset, where he crops an acre
of intensive raised beds, using no-dig methods, growing an extensive range of vegetables and year-round salads for local shops and restaurants. His website is

Publication Details:

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

Binding: Electronic book text, 232 pages
ISBN: 9780857840387
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857841032
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  GAR005000, GAR025000
Imprint: Green Books

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