Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden

Growing Under Cover: Techniques for a More Productive, Weather-Resistant, Pest-Free Vegetable Garden

by Niki Jabbour

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Overview

Whether cultivating tomatoes in northern Idaho or protecting leafy greens from a fast-moving hailstorm in Iowa, knowing how to build protective structures and grow in a more controlled environment can make gardening less stressful and more productive. Best-selling author and gardener Niki Jabbour explores all the under-cover options, from hoophouses that are meant to last years to a simple shadecloth tunnel that can be erected when there’s a hot spell in the forecast. She offers detailed information on selecting the protective structure that best suits the situation, how to set up the right kind of irrigation system inside the structure, when to vent it to prevent overheating, how to create passive heat sinks, how to hand-pollinate certain crops for better yield, and which vegetable varieties are actually bred to be grown in controlled environments. Much more than just about learning how to build shelter for vulnerable plants against routine environmental and pest damage, Growing Under Cover provides an entirely different approach to food gardening in an era of intensifying climate change.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781635861310
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 12/22/2020
Pages: 216
Sales rank: 91,198
Product dimensions: 10.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Growing Under CoverNiki Jabbours Veggie Garden Remix, The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, and Groundbreaking Food Gardens. Her work is found in Fine Gardening, Garden Making, Birds & Blooms, Horticulture, and other publications, and she speaks widely on food gardening at events and shows across North America. She is the host and creator of The Weekend Gardener radio show. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and can be found online at nikijabbour.com. 

Table of Contents

Preface: Why I'm an Under Cover Gardener
Part 1: Introducing the Covered Garden
  1 Choosing a Structure to Fit Your Needs
  2 Starting Small: Mini Hoop Tunnels and Cold Frames
  3 Larger Structures: Polytunnels, Geodesic Domes, and Bioshelters
  4 Growing the Covered Garden
  5 Setting Up Systems
  6 Preventing Diseases, Pests, and Poor Pollination
Part 2: Vegetables That Love a Cover
  Artichoke
  Arugula
  Beans
  Beets
  Broccoli & Cauliflower
  Cabbage & Chinese Cabbage
  Carrots
  Celery & Celeriac
  Cucumbers
  Eggplant
  Endive
  Fennel
  Kale & Collards
  Lettuce
  Melons & Watermelons
  Parsnips
  Peas
  Peppers
  Radishes & Turnips
  Scallions
  Spinach
  Squash
  Swiss Chard
  Tomatoes
Acknowledgments
Metric Conversions
Index

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