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Book review: The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener

The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener
How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year, No Matter Where You Live
By Niki Jabbour

Who among us wouldn’t like to put something fresh from the garden on the table in mid-January? “Even in the dead of winter, we’re able to harvest vegetables”, says Niki Jabbour in her book The Year-Round Gardener. Those words are bound to make Canadian gardeners take notice, especially since Niki gardens in Nova Scotia, a province not noted for its balmy climate. In Niki’s book she tells us that success is all about getting the timing right and that there are three growing seasons: cool, warm and cold—a new way to think about the seasons in which veggies grow. One chapter is devoted to growing into winter; something many gardeners may never imagine possible.

The book is written from hands-on experience and jam-packed with detailed information and insightful instructions to ensure successful harvests, for example “intensive planting techniques”. The second part of the book deals with the importance of choosing the right crops and takes the form of an encyclopedia of vegetables and herbs covering their individual planting, growing and harvesting requirements. Side bars (“Niki’s Picks”) tell you which varieties are her favourite performers and why.

What makes this book unique?
The notion of being able to harvest vegetables year-round is foreign to many Canadian gardeners. The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener removes the mystique and opens your eyes to the possibilities. This book is not dumbed down in any way; rather it provides solid information written in an easy-to-understand manner that any level of gardener can follow. 

Price: $23.95
Publisher: Storey Publishing


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