Growing under cover Techniques for a more productive, weather-resistant, pest-free vegetable garden
Book - 2020
"Niki Jabbour shows how to use row covers, shade cloth, low tunnels, cold frames, hoophouses, and other protective structures to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive"--
Jabbour (Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix), Savvy Gardening blogger and radio host, offers a helpful guide to creating enclosures for vegetable gardens, in order to "grow more food for a longer period of time, grow higher-quality plants bothered by fewer pests and diseases, and mitigate the stresses caused by cold, heat, and extreme weather." The idea, she points out, is nothing new: "The first reference to using a greenhouse-like structure for growing food comes from Pliny the Elder in the first century CE." But, as Jabbour shows here, the practice has evolved to include structures large (polytunnels and geodesic domes), small (cold frames and mini-hoop tunnels), and very small (a plastic one-gallon milk jug with the top removed). She highlights the strategy's advantages, including protection from insects and other predators and greater environmental control—each structure creates its own microclimate that maintains "a dance of heating and cooling, venting and maintaining humidity." Aided by abundant color photos, Jabbour further discusses determining which structures work best for which plants, and then building the covering one chooses. Her guidance will prove invaluable for vegetable gardeners determined to safeguard and prolong a robust harvest throughout the year. (Dec.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.
"Niki Jabbour shows how to use row covers, shade cloth, low tunnels, cold frames, hoophouses, and other protective structures to create controlled growing spaces for vegetables to thrive"--Review by Publisher Summary 2
The award-winning author of Groundbreaking Food Gardens presents an in-depth guide to building controlled growing spaces for productive vegetable gardening, offering coverage of topics ranging from row covers and low tunnels to cold frames and hoophouses. Original. 20,000 first printing.Review by Publisher Summary 3
Jabbour, an author, gardener, and radio show host in Canada, describes methods for using covers and structures to grow vegetables and herbs in more productive, weather-resistant, and longer growing seasons. She explains choosing a structure; using small structures like mini hoop tunnels and cold frames; using larger structures like polytunnels, bioshelters, and geodesic domes; using beds and containers inside structures, best use of the space, and using different types of mulches; setting up systems to control temperature and humidity, ventilation, and irrigation; and preventing diseases, pests, and poor pollination. The second section details specific vegetables to grow under cover, with strategies for planting, growing, and harvesting them, as well as using specific types of covers. Annotation ©2021 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)Review by Publisher Summary 4
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. Photographed in her own super-productive garden, Jabbour highlights the many benefits of using protective covers to plant earlier, eliminate pests, and harvest a healthier, heartier bounty year round. With enthusiasm, inventive techniques, and proven, firsthand knowledge, this book provides invaluable advice from a popular and widely respected gardening authority.Review by Publisher Summary 5
Best-selling author Niki Jabbour provides an essential, in-depth guide to creating controlled growing spaces for productive vegetable gardening, using row covers, shade cloth, low tunnels, cold frames, hoophouses, and more.