Skip to content

New Book

May 14, 2011

Charles Dowding’s latest book How to Grow Winter Vegetables published by Green Books £14.95 arrived last week.  It is astonishingly helpful and beautifully written based on his 30 years experience as an organic vegetable grower.

He identifies winter as starting in December through to March but most importantly this is followed by what he describes as ‘the hungry gap’. These are the months from April, May and June when there is very little to harvest on the plot. Currently I am cropping last year’s Swiss Chard, rhubarb, salad leaves and flat leaf parsley. Broad beans will start next week and Ruby Chard by the end of the month but this is a poor show given the size of my allotment.
So I will be following Dowding’s extensive month-by-month sowing, planting and growing calendar.  He suggests that the second half of August into early September is the best time to sow for a winter harvest so I have filled my diary with reminders. I am determined that next year I will have substantially more to crop through winter and at this time of year, so watch this space.

Advertisements
No comments yet

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: