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Organic gardening in cold climates
Perrin, Sandra.
Personal Author:
Revised edition.
Publication Information:
Missoula, Mont. : Mountain Press Pub., 2002.
Physical Description:
xiv, 142 pages : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
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SB453.5 .P46 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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If you live in the north country, you don't have to settle for anemic tomatoes on your grocer's shelves. Organic Gardening in Cold Climates can teach you how to reap a vegetable bounty despite a short growing season. Gardeners from the Rocky Mountains to New England can enjoy luscious red tomatoes, fresh kale, and baby carrots chilled by the damp earth in their own backyard.

Sandra Perrin learned how to grow vegetables before agricultural chemicals were ubiquitous and the term "organic" was necessary. For more than thirty years she has gardened year-round in Montana, learning to adapt to cold weather. Consumer demand encouraged her to update this popular gardening book, adding new hardy varieties and time-tested hints. Among other things, you will learn how to store carrots in the ground for winter harvesting, fry zucchini flowers, and ripen green tomatoes. You'll also find hints for cooking and preparing vegetables, a list of northern seed suppliers, and sources of further information. So get ready to dig! Organic gardening is not only healthy for the body but also, in Perrin's words, "good for the soul."

Table of Contents

Forewordp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xii
Planning Your Gardenp. 1
Judging Soil Qualityp. 2
Testing Soil pHp. 3
Picking the Sitep. 4
Planning a Gardenp. 4
Intensive Gardeningp. 6
Selecting Toolsp. 8
Preparing Your Soilp. 11
Preparing an Established Gardenp. 12
Breaking Virgin Groundp. 12
Turning a Lawn into a Gardenp. 12
Organic vs. Chemical Fertilizersp. 14
Manure and Other Fertilizersp. 15
Compostp. 16
Planting in Cold Climatesp. 23
Starting Plants Indoorsp. 24
Season Extendersp. 31
When to Plantp. 35
Frost-free Daysp. 36
Tending Your Gardenp. 39
Wateringp. 40
Cultivationp. 41
Thinningp. 42
Weedingp. 42
Mulchingp. 43
Disease and Pest Controlp. 47
Companion Plantingp. 59
Fall Garden Carep. 64
Planning Next Year's Gardenp. 64
Harvestingp. 65
Preparing Storage Spacep. 66
Picking and Storingp. 67
The All-Year Gardenp. 69
Fruit and Vegetable Seedsp. 71
Historyp. 72
The Seed Industryp. 72
Hybrid Seedsp. 74
Don't Always Blame the Seedsp. 74
Varieties for Cold Climatesp. 75
Cool-Season Vegetablesp. 76
Warm-Season Fruits and Vegetablesp. 101
Varieties for a Small Gardenp. 117
Save Your Seedsp. 119
Care of Your Seedsp. 123
Herbs in Your Gardenp. 125
Varieties for Your Gardenp. 126
Preserving Your Herbsp. 129
Epilogue: Gardening and Therapyp. 130
Appendix I Seed Companiesp. 131
Appendix II Useful Literaturep. 137
Indexp. 139