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Fresh vegetables in the middle of winter? It’s possible, even in colder climes.

In the depths of winter, Niki Jabbour uses covers and growing tunnels to grow vegetables in her garden in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Jeff Cooke/Cooked Photography)

In my plot, I have covered beds of fall-sown kale and collard greens, as well as lettuce. To have a fresh-from-the-garden salad in January is nothing short of kingly.

By Adrian Higgins
Washington Post
Jan. 20, 2021

Excerpt:

In the depths of winter, Niki Jabbour steps out of her suburban home and extracts fresh veggies from the endless produce aisle known as her backyard garden.

She reels off the choices: “carrots, parsnips, beets, scallions, kale, winter lettuces, arugula, parsley, mâche, tatsoi .?.?. ”

This January luxury, you might think, must occur in California or Florida, but Jabbour gardens in her hometown of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Like many gardeners in northern states and Canadian provinces, she has learned to extend the season by growing hardy veggies under covers. Climate change is a factor, in that milder winters make this enterprise more viable, but it still comes down to finding ways to wrap plants against the cold.

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January 31, 2021   Comments Off on Fresh vegetables in the middle of winter? It’s possible, even in colder climes.

UK: The Deadliest Garden in the World: Visit Alnwick’s Poison Garden in Northumberland, England

Provided visitors follow the rules, the garden is safe, “although some people still occasionally faint from inhaling toxic fumes.”

By Josh Jones
Open Culture
Jan 20, 2021

Excerpt:

The mind reels to think of all the early humans who sacrificed themselves, unwittingly, in the prehistoric quest to learn which plants were safe to eat, which were suitable for healing, and which would maim or kill whoever who touched them. Even now, of course, the great majority of us rely on experts to make these distinctions for us. Unless we’re steeped in field training and/or folk knowledge, it’s safe to say most of us wouldn’t have a clue how to avoid poisoning ourselves in the wild.

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January 26, 2021   Comments Off on UK: The Deadliest Garden in the World: Visit Alnwick’s Poison Garden in Northumberland, England

Canada: Winter – What we are eating today at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

Giving away bay leaves on the Greenway.

Midwinter! January 14, 2021 – A Canadian winter, nutrition basket. All grown with the help of COMPOST!

By Michael Levenston
City Farmer
Jan 14, 2021

Sitting next to the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver has milder temperatures than the rest of Canada, much like Seattle in the USA. City Farmer runs the Compost Demonstration Garden where we use compost to grow food and flowers. Today, in the depths of winter, we harvest food from our bay leaf tree, basil from our indoor AeroGarden, Asian greens from our homemade cold-frame, arugula from our plastic greenhouse, fresh greens from a LifeSpace planter, kale, Brussels sprouts and cabbages from raised earth beds, and beets from beneath that earth.

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January 14, 2021   Comments Off on Canada: Winter – What we are eating today at Vancouver’s Compost Garden

The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables

Forthcoming: All the know-how and encouragement you need to grow – and fall in love with! – your brand new food garden

By Jessica Sowards
Cool Springs Press
February 2, 2021

Planting your first vegetable garden can be intimidating; it’s tough to know where to start. Before you sink your hands into the soil, you want answers to all of those questions rolling around inside your head. In The First-Time Gardener’s Guide to Growing Vegetables, you’ll find the answers you’re looking for.

Where do I put my new garden?
How do I prepare the soil?
What vegetables should I plant?
Is it better to start new plants from seed or should I buy transplants?
What about watering, feeding, and taking care of my garden?
What do I do if bugs show up?

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January 9, 2021   Comments Off on The First-time Gardener: Growing Vegetables

Growing Under Cover

Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden

By Niki Jabbour
Storey Publishing, LLC
December 22, 2020

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and pest infestations are challenging today’s vegetable gardeners. But best-selling author Niki Jabbour has a solution: Growing Under Cover. In this in-depth guide, Jabbour shows how to use small solutions like cloches, row covers, shade cloth, cold frames, and hoophouses, as well as larger protective structures like greenhouses and polytunnels, to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive.

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January 8, 2021   Comments Off on Growing Under Cover

Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold

The information and advice in Fresh from the Garden will enrich the experience of cold climate gardeners.

By John Whitman
Univ Of Minnesota Press
Illustrated edition (Jan. 10 2017)

To get the tastiest, most nutritious produce, you have to grow your own, and in a cold climate this presents unique challenges. Fresh from the Garden will help you extend the growing season to produce the best vegetables, berries, and herbs, right in your own backyard. The guide includes more than 150 edible plants and helps you decide which varieties to choose; where and how to plant, tend, and harvest them; and what to do with your bounty. Fresh from the Garden is a clear, concise guide, with nutrition information tables and hundreds of helpful color photographs.

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December 24, 2020   Comments Off on Fresh from the Garden: An Organic Guide to Growing Vegetables, Berries, and Herbs in Cold

Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable

Jabbour highlights the many benefits of using protective covers to plant earlier, eliminate pests, and harvest a healthier, heartier bounty year round.

Forthcoming December 22, 2020

By Niki Jabbour
Storey Publishing

Increasingly unpredictable weather patterns and pest infestations are challenging today’s vegetable gardeners. But best-selling author Niki Jabbour has a solution: Growing Under Cover. In this in-depth guide, Jabbour shows how to use small solutions like cloches, row covers, shade cloth, cold frames, and hoophouses, as well as larger protective structures like greenhouses and polytunnels, to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive.

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November 8, 2020   Comments Off on Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable