Solar Gardening: Growing Vegetables Year-Round the American Intensive Way

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Sep 1, 1994 - Gardening - 288 pages
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Solar Gardening shows how to increase efforts of the sun during the coldest months of the year and how to protect tender plants from the intensity of the scorching sun during the hottest months through the use of solar "mini-greenhouses." The book includes instructions for building a variety of solar appliances plus descriptions of more than 90 different crops, with charts showing when to plant and harvest each. The result is a year-round harvest even from a small garden.

In Solar Gardening the Poissons show you how to:

  • Dramatically increase the annual square-foot yield of your garden.
  • Extend the growing and harvest season for nearly every kind of vegetable.
  • Select crops that will thrive in the coldest and hottest months of the year, without artificial heating or cooling systems.
  • Build solar appliances for your own garden.

Armed with nothing but this book and a few simple tools, even novice gardeners can quickly learn to extend their growing season and increase their yields, without increasing the size of their garden plot.


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Solar gardening: growing vegetables year-round the American intensive way; illustrations by Robin Wimbiscus and Leandre Poisson

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The Poissons, experienced New England gardeners, present their system for continuous food production. Inspired by French intensive gardening techniques that originally utilized bell-shaped glass jars ... Read full review


Discoveries and Inventions
Planning for a Continuous Garden
Garden Sites and Soils
Planting and Propagation
Taking Care of Growing Plants
Harvesting Storage and Seed Saving
The Continuous Garden in Three Zones
How to Build the American Intensive Appliances
The CoolHardy Vegetables

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Page v - I have often thought that if heaven had given me choice of my position and calling, it should have been on a rich spot of earth, well watered, and near a good market for the productions of the garden. No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.
Page v - No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden. Such a variety of subjects, some one always coming to perfection, the failure of one thing repaired by the success of another, and instead of one harvest a continued one through the year. Under a total want of demand except for our family table, I am still devoted to the garden. But though an old man, I am but a young gardener.
Page ii - Real Goods provides a broad range of tools for independent living. "Knowledge is our most important product" is the Real Goods motto. To further its mission, Real Goods has joined with Chelsea Green Publishing Company to cocreate and co-publish the Real Goods Solar Living Book series. The titles in this series are written by pioneering individuals who have firsthand experience in using innovative technology to live lightly on the planet. Chelsea Green books are both practical and inspirational, and...
Page ii - REAL GOODS TRADING COMPANY in Ukiah, California, was founded in 1978 to make available new tools to help people live selfsufficiently and sustainably. Through seasonal catalogs, a periodical (The Real Goods News), a bi-annual Solar Living Sourcebook, as well as retail outlets and a Web site (, Real Goods provides a broad range of tools for independent living. "Knowledge is our most important product
Page 11 - to supply the table of his august master with delicacies all the year round.

About the author (1994)

Lynn Byczynski is publisher and editor of a monthly news letter Growing for Market. She also operates Wild Onion Farm in Lawrence, Kansas, where she resides with her husband and two children. For more information, please visit the website of Growing for Market at

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