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.
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About the Author
Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of Growing Under Cover, Niki Jabbour’s 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 GardenerPart 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 PollinationPart 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