Last fall my husband planted onions, kale, and collards as a cool weather crop. We ate them through the fall and starting again in the early spring. This week we finally dug up the last of those onions, and we are still eating the kale. (The collards became a treat for some of the wild critters who ate them after the first snow last year.) The success of this planting led us to research what else we could raise in cold weather.
We are interested in this for two reasons:
- We enjoy eating fresh food from our garden for taste, saving money, and to eat healthier foods.
- If self-sufficiency ever becomes a necessity versus a lifestyle choice, the ability to grow food year-round could be life-saving.
Although written by a small commercial farmer, the instructions are easily adaptable to the home gardener. Here is the Table of Contents.
- The Winter Harvest
- Historical Inspiration
- Getting Started
- The Yearly Schedule
- The "Cold" Greenhouse
- The "Cool" Greenhouse
- Winter Crops
- Summer Crops
- Greenhouse Design
- Year-Round Intensive Cropping
- Soil Preparation
- Weed Control
- Harvesting in Winter
- Marketing and Economics
- Insects and Diseases
- Tools for the Small Farm
- Deep-Organic Farming and the Small Farm
- Cold-hearty vegetables
- Protected cultivation
As one reviewer on Amazon noted,
You'll also learn about vertical production of tomatoes and how to create your own cold frame with quick hoops made of electrical conduit and 10-foot-wide spun-bonded row cover held down by sandbags. These hoops can cover the same area as a 22 by 48 foot greenhouse at 5% of the cost.Out of 40 ratings, 34 are "5 stars", and 5 are "4 stars." We give it 5 stars for it's practical, easy-to-read content and illustrations.
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