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This British author is an avid gardener who revels in the produce from his garden during the wintertime. Although most workers of the soil put aside their gardening tools during this period, Dowding has found that through careful sowing and planting at specific times on the calendar, an ambitious gardener can harvest abundant crops during this “forgotten season.” His instructions are clear, and handsome photographs of his successes prove his authority. He reminds readers of the importance of soil preparation; how to make compost; and the significance of proper selection of seeds versus plantings for the winter garden. Dowding thoughtfully reviews the best time for sowing, growing, and harvesting various crops. The author even provides tips on winter harvest and the principles involved in the storage of individual crops. Even those living in much colder climates can enjoy productive winter harvests, for the author lists the vegetables that can be grown successfully under cover.
— Marilyn K. Alaimo, garden writer and volunteer, Chicago Botanic Garden