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Growing Winter Food

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Great and easy to use instructional manual is very detailed and easy to follow.

Growing Winter Food give you step by step instruction that shows you how to grow your own fruit and vegetables for winter use, and includes detailed cultivation advice on each crop, along with nutritional value, recipe ideas, and storage suggestions.
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This is a great look at the types of food that you can grow in the winter.  I'm looking at incorporating more row covers and mini greenhouse-substitutes in my gardening and this gave me some additional direction.
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I had been hoping to read this book sooner and actually be able to put in a winter garden, but alas school started and I became far too busy and tired.  Still I was grateful for the chance to read it. 

Growing Winter Food is full of helpful hints, nutritional guides, common pest problems and even recipes. I honestly wasn't expecting that much out of the book, so it was a pleasant surprise to see the author go above and beyond.  Next year I will really be prepared to garden all year round. 

In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads.
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Ever wanted to know which vegetables to grow during the winter, this book will help. The book provides photos, vitamin tips as well as information on the veggies, herbs, and fruits. There are also recipes for each of the veggies.  The reader will need to do additional research as there is not any mention of growth zones. There are many tips on how to increase the harvest and how to prep the beds. The book is primarily for those in the UK however those in the US can also use some of the tips however most of the content applies to the UK.
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This is a handbook for growing veg for the winter - a bit of wisdom from LInda Gray earlier in the year and you can set yourself up with greens all year round. Some you'll be growing, some you'll have preserved in the summer - and all will have that special smug taste of your forward planning!
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review. 
Much of the advice given applies not only to those with allotments or kitchen gardens but to gardeners growing in containers or even indoors. If all you have is a sunny windowsill you'll find the chapter on herbs useful. Beginners, or those creating a garden from scratch, will find the early chapters on setting up useful, and it was good to see emphasis on the importance of pollinators & organic gardening. 
Sections on fruit and legumes are handy to supplement your idea of winter cabbage or stored onions - there's a wealth of ways to think ahead and store produce all year round. What I really liked was the inclusion of vitamin profiles for each vegetable, too, as well as recipes on how to cook them and advice on which parts are edible. Some gardeners will want more detailed information on growing - how many to plant, which are hungry feeders, etc. At first I was surprised by the lack of directions on sowing months, though I suppose readers in different hemispheres would disagree about whether June is winter or summer!
A great guide for the sustainable, practical gardener who wants to benefit from what they grow all year round. Why buy plastic-covered, tasteless freighted fruit & veg when you can have a store of your own nutritious veg all year round? A good companion ot Charles Dowding's winter vegetables book.
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This educational book is a comprehensive handbook for would-be or experienced gardeners. 
As I fall into the first category, the title grabbed my attention. 
It includes a clear and particularly interesting introduction, general gardening tips, lots of information about growing different plants (root vegetables, herbs, fruits, etc) and additional resources.
The photographs are superb!
The author draws from her experience of gardening in rural France and shares her insights with us. This book is quite empowering as it first and foremost (but not only) explores how to start growing your winter vegetables in a simple manner.
This work allows you to know what to do but also provides delicious-looking recipes. It raises the issues of nutrients, it provides valuable information about tools, greenhouses, gives us tips (compost, tools...).
To conclude, an excellent reference book to have when you garden!
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This reference book focuses on starting a fall garden that will provide food for the winter months.  It begins with a general section that covers the basic principles and tools for gardening.  This is followed by specific sections on various vegetables, herbs and fruits.  Each food type has a few paragraphs each on seeds, sowing, care/maintenance, harvesting, storing, nutrients, and recipe suggestions.  Illustrations are abundant and colorful, but rather generic.  The resources section at back of book is very sparse, including only the author's books, and 4 websites.  I'd suggest this book would be best for a novice gardener, who wants to try growing a later crop for use in the winter months.  The expert gardener would find it too basic for their needs.
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Very nice book with good advice about gardening. Very well organized. Excellent for beginner gardeners and also seasoned ones..
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This review is based on a review copy provided through NetGalley (www.netgalley.com).

This book is not a bad gardening book , though possibly a little basic and less dedicated ti strictly winter crops.  It does cover many of the basic crops that most of the United States can grow for fall and winter, though in many areas of the country with hard freezes these are certainly not winter crops.  In freeze-free areas, such as zones 9B, 10 and 11, most crops are winter crops, including those listed in the book, as the hot summer months are when many crops, such as tomatoes, are not viable.  Strawberries, listed in the book, are harvested in March at the latest in Florida.  Yes, a winter crop, but a summer crop in Pennsylvania.

That's not the only drawback to this book.  A fair portion of each crop is dedicated to recipes for that particular crop.  Instructions on making french fries don't really count as gardening after all.  Likewise, the sections on storing your crops are not relevant to much of the country.  You definitely cannot leave vegetables in the field until you are ready to use them when they are frozen solid.

For me, winter crops are those you can store and use over the winter periods when crops simply can't be harvested.  Long lasting root crops or crops like beans that can be dried or frozen would qualify.  Pears are a winter crop in Chili, but certainly not in most of the US.

This is not a bad book, it just doesn't meet the expectations brought on by the title.
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With the opportunity to enjoy an extended growing season, especially for those in colder winter climates, this beautiful book is a welcome blueprint to harvest crops well into the end of the year and beyond. From root crops to green vegetables which actually taste better after a recent frost, there are an array of useful tips on seasonal sowing, harvesting and composting. The author also includes suggestions for cooking many of these vegetables and for incorporating them into your diet in unusual ways such as using beets in chocolate cake! An especially useful section in this book outlines an array of herbs that can be overwintered in containers. Glorious color photographs inspire the reader and hint at the promise of the winter harvest.
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A beautiful book for those interested in growing fruit and veg throughout the winter months. Great advice on what to grow, when to plant and how to store and use what you harvest. Plenty of instruction and information that is great for beginner gardeners as well.
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A fantastic gardening book for anyone wanting to grow their own fruit and veg.  I've tried over the years to grow a variety of things, with my most successful being strawberries, so wanted to expand my knowledge and growing of plants in my garden. This book is a great place for any fledgling gardener to start.

This book is full of colour photography of the fully grown plants, seeds, tools, and recipes along with excellent descriptions and tips on what to do, when to plant and pick plus storage.  At the end of each vegetable or fruit recipe ideas are provided, which was a great idea.  

It covers root vegetables, legumes, green vegetables, herbs and fruits.  Overall there are 24 different types to get started with.

My only criticism is that whilst the author is English, American terms such as Candy Thermometer has been used or not giving the gas mark for the recipes.

I received this book from netgalley in return for a honest review.
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Thank you Net Galley and the publisher for the book to review. 

I have grown tomatoes, beans, and herbs. Which had me curious about this book. I like how the book tells you about storage after planting. What problems you might have with each plant such as : “white butterfly’s seek out kale to lay their eggs. So check your leaves carefully if you notice butterflies hanging around.” This book also gives you recipe ideas for each item you might consider growing. I learned some things I didn’t know. If you have a interest in gaining some insight on having a green thumb this would be a good starter book.
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This a book is not only a great reference garden books with lots of helpful tips, but you’ll also find recipes, storing, nutrients, care and maintenance, harvesting and transplanting for each individual vegetable.  I really liked the nutrients, care and maintenance sections, they were all explained very well.

I recommend this book for any level gardeners
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I love self-sustainability books and this is one of the finest I have come across. I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this to have on my shelf as a quick reference.
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While the information on cultivating numerous cool and cold weather crops in the garden is clear and concise, the photographs of these vegetables are eye candy. Root vegetables, beans, greens, herbs and fruits are all included. 

The methods of extending the growing season into colder weather using greenhouses, cold frames and cloches (special fabric to protect from light frosts) are highlighted. Techniques for toring these homegrown foods in both raw or cooked forms appliy equally to produce you grow in your garden or purchase in bulk to save and preserve for later use. There are many delicious sounding recipes, quite a few of which I will try. Useful gardening tools are included and detailed, as well. 

I've gardened for over 40 years and look forward to recommending this book to novice gardeners as well as those who are more experienced.
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This book is a great reference for anyone wanting to continue their garden through the winter!  I found many useful tips and tricks, as well as information on what plants would do best during this typically fruitless time of year.  I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to keep growing through the cold season. Whether the beginning novice or seasoned gardener, I am sure that anyone will find something new and useful in this book. I will come back to this book many times over the years to come!
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The title is a little deceptive on this one - this is really a general gardening book, with a bit of basic info included on storing crops and on certain crops that can grow during the winter months (though many not in actual snowy winter). It was useful, but I was hoping for much more here (for example, details on root cellaring).
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A very detailed book which concentrates on winter crops, which I find really refreshing as most book on vegetable growing covers all vegetables and one can get a little overwhelmed.
This book starts off with some basic garden information, and then this is followed with chapters on Root Vegetables, Legumes, Green Vegetables, Herbs and Fruit.  Each chapter lists a small number of produce, describes care, harvesting and storing and it is organic in its approach. There are lovely color photos and recipes for each of the categories, and there was a fair bit of information that was very helpful and interesting. A great book.
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I must admit that I misunderstood the title of this book when I requested it, as I thought it was about how to grow food in the winter. I was really excited about that as I'm an experienced gardener but I would love a book about how to extend the growing season past early fall here in Minnesota. This book is not that.

Instead, this is a book about gardening and then gives basic advice about how to store your food for winter. I was still happy about that, as we put up a great deal of the food we rely on for our large family every year and I can always use more information there too. However, this is for someone much newer to food preservation than I am. (To be fair, I'm pretty hard core and wouldn't expect most books to have a lot of new information, though. We canned over 50 quarts of applesauce alone last fall, and put up hundreds of pounds of assorted foods every year.)

The bulk of the book is about growing some standard garden foods. The basic categories are green vegetables, root vegetables, legumes, fruits (including trees) and herbs. There are a number of plants in each category but not a large assortment. For example, in fruits you have apples, pears, strawberries, black currants and blackberries. It's not exactly exhaustive. Some traditional garden plants aren't covered at all, such as tomatoes.

Each section tells you how and when (roughly) to plant, how to grow them, ways to store them over the winter (for instance in the potato section it tells you to build an earth clamp, which is basically a hole in the ground lined with straw and mounded up, and store them there for several months). It also lists the basic nutrients and general recipe ideas.

There are color photos throughout but they seem to be stock photos. I would have appreciated more photos specific to growing the fruits and vegetables. Even the recipe photos are just general stock photos from the looks of it, and don't have to do with the recipe suggestions (which just take about a page for each fruit or veggie). I would have given the book one more star if there had been more photos, especially ones specific to the gardening advice and the information about things like how to build an earth clamp.

I appreciated the natural suggestions for things like taking care of pests and problems, and the earth-friendly suggestions regarding reusing materials for the garden (toilet paper tubes as seed starters, popsicle sticks for plant markers...), though again these would have benefited from photos actually taken by the author to illustrate the ideas and steps.

No garden zones or climates are mentioned in the book. The author gardens in France, so the plants are roughly suited for that sort of climate. Since she grows blackberries (which my Minnesota garden is too cold for) and apples (which need the cold), I'd say her suggestions are roughly suited for growing zones 5-7 at a guess, though many of them will extend to warmer and colder zones.

This will be a good primer for homeowners who are new to gardening and to the process of providing some of their own foods, but you will need to supplement for information on how to really put food up for the winter. For instance, it gives no canning instructions, very few recipes (and these are ways to use the foods, not to store them like pie fillings or canned soups), very little information on methods of food preservation like dehydrating and so on.

Still, it's a good book on starting to garden and grow some of your own foods, and certainly worth checking out.

I read a temporary digital ARC of this book for the purpose of review.
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