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How to Grow Winter Vegetables Charles Dowding

How to Grow Winter Vegetables By Charles Dowding

How to Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding

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It is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year. All you need to plan carefully is in this lovely book.

How to Grow Winter Vegetables Summary

How to Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding

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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How to Grow Winter Vegetables Reviews

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

* Gardens Illustrated - June 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 *

"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 *

"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 *

"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 *

About Charles Dowding

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

Table of Contents


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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How to Grow Winter Vegetables by Charles Dowding
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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