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

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  471 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Even in winter’s coldest months you can harvest fresh, delicious produce. Drawing on insights gained from years of growing vegetables in Nova Scotia, Niki Jabbour shares her simple techniques for gardening throughout the year. Learn how to select the best varieties for each season, the art of succession planting, and how to build inexpensive structures to protect your crop ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published December 14th 2011 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published 2011)
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Nov 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
I checked this out from the library three times and finally ended up just buying it. That's how much I like it.

Also, I've already built a hoop house, thanks to this book. I don't know, yet, if it works, but I made it and that makes me happy.

Yes. My hoop house worked and will work again this winter!
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: gardeners, especially in northern latitudes
When a book is written from the region you live, it has a lot more credibility than when a Floridian tells you what’s possible in Canada. She and others are growing lots of fresh veg through bona-fide Nova Scotian winters. Whoohoo. Very inspiring; immediately expanded our intentions and expectations for growing food for ourselves.
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another gardening book I think I need to own. Written by a Canadian gardener...
Jan 06, 2015 rated it liked it
When I saw The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener on the library's "new" shelf, I snagged it up without hesitation. I love gardening, and I would very much like to see how I can grow my own food all year round -- despite being in the middle of zone 5 and living in the city.

Jabbour does a fairly good job of glossing over a wide variety of the science topics such as timing, temperature, and light needs of the plants. I was most surprised, however, at the depth on which she talks about keeping a decent
Courtney Gardner
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have really amped up my gardening game this year thank to this book :)
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: garddwest
December 2011 - I was a Greenhouse Technology student at Niagara college, new to this thing called "twitter" when I stumbled across a quote from Niki Jabbour "In the middle of winter, there are no bugs, there are no slugs"

Having started my food-growing career in Mattawa and Thunder Bay, my main motivation for going to horticulture school was to Improve Food Access and Food Security in the North. I was already experimenting with winter harvest techniques I had learned up north (Teresa Daniele, Th
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is highly touted and I think it lives up to the hype. I spent hours copying info out, but if you have more shelf-space, this is probably a worthwhile reference book.

Stuff it does well:
- Provides decent primer material on gardening in general
- Provides decent material (beginner to intermediate) on season-extension techniques
- Provides decent material on a variety of vegetables most people want to grow, how to grow them, and how to extend their season (if relevant).

Stuff it doesn't d
Cyndie Tozzo
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I saw Nikki on Growing a Greener World. She has so much knowledge and I live outside of Buffalo NY, never even thought about extendeding gardening season. Extending? I didn't even Garden!!! I got this book and another od hers and I can't wait to get started! There is sooooo much good information in this book. I am quite sure I will be referring to it often. I also found her Garden Show podcasts. Nikki is my Inspiation! Beatiful photos also. ...more
Kelly Weisner
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
I go back to this book time and again all year round. This is a fantastic comprehensive guide to gardening year round. Great information about individual crops, succession planting, planning, everything you need to get started having fresh veggies from your garden, even in January!
Mrs Susan Farrington
Great vegetable growers read

Very easy to read and full of good advice. Very inspirational for beginners. How to grow vegetables and herbs in your garden all year round. Can't wait to get started.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: gardening
This is the cold-climate gardener's go-to guide for everything. I wish I had this book years ago! I will continue to reference it for design, cold frame choice, and detailed vegetable and herb advice. ...more
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening
More than just information on cold frames, contains a decent sized section on cold climate crops
Andrew Mathis
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An easy to read and empowering book; if you're handy you'll have a cold frame built and planted before you're halfway through. A must have reference for gardening in cold climates year-round. ...more
May 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
had some information on interplanting designs and plant rotation based on nutrient needs
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lots of great info for gardening and extending the seasons.
Lee Dawna
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour is a good reference for cold frame gardening. I keep it handy to help plan my plantings throughout the year.
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Written by a Novia Scotia gardener with 120 frost-free days. A lot more information than one might expect on such a specific topic
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 Not so much for potted or small space gardening or for beginners.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, gardening
-this book got rave reviews. however, i fail to see how cold frames and hoop tunnels that only add a few degrees of temperature protection will allow you to continue to harvest food straight thru a minnesota winter when temperatures frequently get below 0`F (-18`C) and occasionally -20`F (-29`C). even my unheated greenhouse only offers a few degrees of temperature protection in winter when its that cold.
- and buying me a couple more weeks of harvest in the fall and early winter does NOT equate y
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gardening, nonfiction
So, I still liked Eliot Coleman's The Winter Harvest Handbook over this. Coleman really digs into the science and into the history of winter growing, which let me wrap my brain around the "why" of how things work.

This book reads very much like a home gardener who took Coleman's work and applied it to her backyard (she mentions him in the beginning, so this is likely true). But that really isn't a bad thing. Probably the most helpful part of this book is her section on crops where she profiles po
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
My dear friend, Sherri, picked this book out for herself, and I mooched off of her suggestion and got one for myself. I've always wanted to have a vegetable garden, but I don't have any experience. I don't know where to start, and I don't know how to proceed. This book was like living with a professional gardener for a year. It is so easy to read and well laid out. There are lots of pictures and clear explanations. Whether you're doing a year-round garden or not, this book is a terrific resource ...more
Cumberland Public Libraries
A wealth of information, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardner is an invaluable resource for almost any Nova Scotian intent on expanding their gardening knowledge or their growing season. It's perfect for novice gardeners who enjoy learning about a variety of greens they might not have considered attempting to grow before. With an easy to read style and flexibility that lends to reading either the entire book or just the parts you're interested in, this book makes a great resource.
Recommended by Ede
Aug 09, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for learning about cold season technique. The author has included plans for a few year round growing friendly gardens as well as some tunnels and cold boxes. Since I already know what vegetables I am going to be using for the most part I didn't get much use out of the vegetable and herb information provided in later chapters. However, for beginning gardeners they are great introductions to a wide variety of garden fare. ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
This book is focused on extending the gardening season. A great resource on explaining how to use row covers, mini hoop tunnels, cold-frames, etc. Also very helpful in explaining which vegetables to grow early and late to extend the season (even through the winter if one is careful). I have already made a list of things to try as fall approaches - hopefully I will have some garden goodness well into the first snows of the year.
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, garden
This is the best gardening guide I have read. She gives explicit instructions, great pictures illustrating her techniques, and step-by-step how to do year round gardening. She also highlights her favorite varieties. I like that she gives plans for small to large gardens with guides on successive and year round planting. This is a great reference book that I will be using year round.
Apr 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is an easy to follow book for anyone interested in vegetable gardening. It explained 3 different techiniques to extend a garden anywhere by at least a few weeks on either side of the season if you don't want to go all out for the entire year. ...more
Plovers Stratford
Oct 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book has taught me sooo much about gardening in general but has allowed me to understand how to grow my own food, year round, in our garden or containers!

Everyone should read this excellent book!
Dec 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is fantastic! I love that it has an "encyclopedia" of common vegetables and what season they grow best in and when is best to plant them. Lots of really great information for anyone starting to grow their own food or looking to venture in to winter gardening. ...more
Feb 08, 2014 rated it liked it
I enjoy the part about the vegetable and the time to plant them and stagger them for a year round garden. But if you are reading how to set up your garden, she assumes you have a lot of money to spend at the start.
Liz Kurz
Apr 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Great reference book on growing veggies year round. When you live in a climate that doesn't allow for a longer harvesting/growing season being able to grow year round becomes a must.

I also liked how it focused on some cooler weather crops and things that can be overwintered.
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Niki Jabbour is the author of the best-selling, award winning book, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener (American Horticultural Society Book Award), Groundbreaking Food Gardens & Veggie Garden Remix (All published by Storey Publishing). Niki writes for a wide variety of magazines and newspapers, including Fine Gardening, Horticulture, Garden Making and Birds & Blooms. She speaks at garden shows, eve ...more

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