It’s easy, easy to do that. This is great info for if I move to a colder climate though! I would love to grow carrots in the winter and have been researching other veggie’s to grow too. In mid-winter when the garden is hidden beneath a blanket of snow, it’s amazing to lift the cover of a cold frame and pick a big bowl of winter greens and root crops. Rabbits ate every spec of lettuce I planted this year. Now, it’s all about growing the right crops in the right season and pairing them with the right season extenders. So 3 by 6 is the perfect size cold frame. Q. I love that your “Year-Round” book starts with the sentence, “It all started with a row cover.” [Laughter.] Things like leeks, or tall mature kale plants, or collard greens—they do best under a mini-hoop tunnel. A. Niki’s vegetable garden in Halifax just got a facelift to become even more productive. Want to plan your most ecologically minded garden cleanup ever, and understand the consequences of each potential action you can take—including next spring? We grow greens and lettuces in an attached solar greenhouse, effectively extending In the book I included all these fun little ways to get around the hot, dry summer. Read along as you listen to the Aug. 8, 2016 edition of my public-radio show and podcast using the player below. Privacy Policy. Oct 10, 2012 - A blog about my adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener! A mini tunnel takes me about 10 minutes to build and is a great way to overwinter taller crops like kale, collards, leeks and other salad greens. 5 Ways to Grow More Food in Less Space. © 2021 Discovery or its subsidiaries and affiliates. I will have a bed that’s totally prepared, and I will sow very cold-tolerant things like arugula, or Asian greens, or spinach, chard or endive—any number of hardy greens. Q. A. Dave and Maggie are trilled to welcome award-winning author Niki Jabbour back to the show. When are the last things you do for transplants? Writing this made me think of the … So a foot and a half of loose straw or leaves, and cover it with row cover—or even an old “Star Wars” bed sheet to hold that mulch down and in place [use rocks to hold down the sheet]. The great thing about winter veggies is the wide variety of texture they offer. If you’re looking for a good gardening book to curl up with this winter, Groundbreaking Food Gardens is my pick for 2014. Niki Jabbour is an author, blogger, radio host and gardening expert from Halifax, Nova Scotia. They are topped with Lexan which has a double layer of polycarbonate for added insulation. Having read it from cover to cover, I can honestly … I want home gardeners to know you don’t need a structure to be a winter gardener. A. I don’t use glass for the top, either. [Laughter.]. So it keeps the soil from freezing solid it stays diggable, right? It’s much cheaper than cedar, which is also great but just more expensive. I get all these mulched leaves and it’s a treasure. Her book, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener (Storey Publishing) will be available in December 2011. TRADE . My first book, the award-winning, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, was published in 2012 and Groundbreaking Food Gardens hit shelves in … Last year I tried kale and lettuce and that was all I tried. The same applies to diseases. The easiest way to start stretching your season is with mulch. Two crops that I haven’t really grown the way that I saw in your book: One was Claytonia, the miner’s lettuce. It’s 8 mil thick and gets 90 percent light retention. Niki Jabbour - The Year Round Veggie Gardener A blog about my adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener! Bio: Niki Jabbour is the award-winning author of three books - The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener (2012 American Horticultural Society Book Award), Groundbreaking Food Gardens, and Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix (Winner of the 2019 American Horticultural Society Book Award, Winner of the Gold Award from GardenComm, and short-listed for a 2019 Taste Canada Award). Health issues are taking their toll on me right now but I do want to garden in the winter and the other seasons as well. Press Esc to cancel. You and I are nature’s best hope, and I’m glad Doug joined me again to help us learn to support it. And then I’ll plant lettuces under the lights and they will be ready to transplant in early September, and they’ll take us through February probably. And she raises fresh vegetables all year long, so she knows it can be done. A. Niki Jabbour - The Year Round Veggie Gardener A blog about my adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener! The winter season can yield some incredible plants, vegetables, and fruits—given that you are armed with expert knowledge. Even sesame seeds, as long as they’re not roasted or treated. Catalog. She gives ideas on extending the growing season, growing into the winter, designing gardens, and what vegetables and herbs can be grown year-round. It was inspired by my mother-in-law, a Lebanese immigrant who taught me to flex my gardening skills and try growing new-to-me Middle Eastern crops like edible gourds, purslane and zaatar. Niki Jabbour, author of The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener, is a food gardener and garden writer who lives near Halifax, Nova Scotia. Thank you for your wonderful help in the garden! You can buy it at various home improvement warehouses and garden supply centers. That would be another way to go. Niki Jabbour lives in Nova Scotia, so she knows true winters. All rights reserved. I guess in North America we haven’t really embraced it, but in Europe, it’s really popular. In 2016, the show won three silver medals for excellence from the Garden Writers Association. Niki Jabbour brings you 73 novel and inspiring food garden designs that include a cocktail garden featuring all the ingredients for your favorite drinks, a spicy retreat comprising 24 varieties of chile peppers, and a garden that’s devoted to supplying year-round salad greens. My first book, the award-winning, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, was published in 2012 and Groundbreaking Food Gardens hit shelves in March 2014! It’s more expensive than the free glass window on the side of the road, but they tend to last about 12 years for me, and they don’t break, and they work well for me. Therefore, I plant it as a late fall crop, and also again in early spring for an April-May harvest, but I don’t give it space in our winter harvest beds. Growing attractive edibles right into, and even through, the winter. What’s more, she guides us through the process so we too can eat garden salads in the midst of winter. I had the design, and then my husband’s back went out. Niki Jabbour's Veggie Garden Remix, Niki Jabbour. A. I’ve never shoveled my mini-hoop tunnels, because I find that with what I keep in there it doesn’t make a huge difference. We harvest from our mulched beds all winter long. Nikki Jabbour wrote a fantastic book that has become a useful reference in my library. I had been going around for a year and half about all these ways I wanted to change my garden, and then we decided to just do it. Q. But I do shovel off the cold frames. Save money and grow food even when it's cold outside by growing your own fresh crop of winter veggies. You can generally extend the season by four to six weeks. My first book, the award-winning, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, was published in 2012 and Groundbreaking Food Gardens hit shelves in March 2014! My first book, the award-winning, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, was published in 2012 and Groundbreaking Food Gardens hit shelves in … I was just playing around and experimenting, but I had so much success because it is so easy to do. The other thing I saw a picture of in your book was flats of pea shoots that you snip with a scissor. I sow the seed, I’m done. Great ideas in bothe books – count me in. So delicious. My second book [“Groundbreaking Food Gardens”] was all about designing food gardens, and I had all these ideas from all these incredible people who contributed. I’d usually start with some salad crops, and baby kale, or kale plants under a mini-hoop tunnel. New large in-ground garden going in, new greenhouse and plans for hoop houses – who knows what fun awaits! If I have some that’s reseeded in the garden, it’s perfectly fine once the snow retreats in spring. But it’s also very insulating because of the twin-wall material. A window box planted with hardy flowers and foliage offers a garden view when it's too cold to stay outside. The first few years I did this, I had no idea what I was doing. I hadn’t been out to the garden in maybe two weeks, and I figured it was done, but I went up to plant some garlic in October and there was this bright patch of green. Spruce up your outdoor space with products handpicked by HGTV editors. Also reading the seed catalogs; there are a lot of clues. (Photos courtesy of Niki Jabbour. You just want to make sure you buy seed from a company that specializes in growing shoots and sprouts, because some seed of course has been treated, and you should avoid that when you’re going to grow them as a food source. Many companies didn’t stock the vegetables or varieties I wanted to grow: mache, mizuna, claytonia, tatsoi and so on. I can tell you to grow carrots, but you might be like, “I’m not that fond of carrots.” You should pick what you like to eat. Discover The joe gardener Show - Organic Gardening - Vegetable Gardening - Expert Garden Advice From Joe Lamp'l 174-Season Extension Practices for Getting More from Your Garden, with Niki Jabbour Update: 2020-09-17 1 Say hello to your fall friends: radishes, broccoli, greens and more!Â. It was delicious, and I was like, “What can I do here?” So we covered it with the row cover you mentioned, and harvested it for maybe four, five or six more weeks, which was astonishing to me. Jan 22, 2014 - A blog about my adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener! I’m a garden writer and radio host from Halifax, Nova Scotia which is located on the east coast of Canada where the growing season is short and winters are often cold and snowy. When you took us through the tools of the trade, you didn’t say “unheated greenhouse,” but in your book you have mini-profiles of some people with unheated greenhouses. I have my tea there at least twice a day. ], Q. I’ll select a random winner after entries close at midnight Monday, August 15, 2016. Your light stand—how long are those in service? Podcast: Year-Round Gardening with Niki Jabbour. The kale was great. Listen live at 8:30 AM EDT Mondays, to the replay Saturday morning, or stream the podcast anytime. [Laughter. I’ve had them in the past but don’t right now. About Niki Jabbour: Niki is a garden writer and radio host from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now that’s not your only current piece of season-extending gear, by a long shot, I know. They’re only going to grow for about a month. Niki will share some of her favorite season-extending devices like cold frames and mini hoop tunnels, as well as spotlight the best cold-tolerant cr You can use straw bales in a square or rectangle around certain crops, and then cover it with an old window or door, something like that. Q. Otherwise, I’ve found the winter garden to be incredibly low maintenance. It’s prolific, easy to grow, and probably among the top 5 cold-tolerant plants to grow for a fall-winter garden. Didn't plant those tomatoes? You don’t need a lot of soil; I use trays, because you don’t need a deep pot. Her first book, The Year Round Vegetable Gardener, focuses on tips and tricks to grow healthy edibles all year long, and her second title, Groundbreaking Food Gardens: 73 Plans That Will Change the Way You Grow Your Garden, opens your eyes to an infinite number of ways to grow your own food. It will say, “cold tolerant,” or “winter green,” so I started to grow a lot of these things. In spring and fall, I make sure to vent my structures often by propping open the tops of the cold frames or clipping up the ends of the mini hoop tunnels to allow good air circulation. There are some books out there for market gardeners that are wonderful—reading what other people are doing. I had a “Salad table top” raised bed made this spring that allows me to stand up & sow & harvest basil, cilantro & thyme. It just adds a little fun to the garden. A. For cold frames, I generally stick to things that are more compact. I really like the idea of the newly designed garden with several tall raised beds. But an answer is even better. I love adding them to pasta just after you drain it, you kind of wilt them a little bit in there. In late autumn, before the ground freezes, mulch any root or stem crops (leeks, carrots, beets, celeriac, etc) left in your garden beds with a 12 to 18-inch-deep layer of shredded leaves or straw. In our last minutes, I have to ask you: Did you really bulldoze that super-productive garden of yours, Niki? But how much longer are you sowing and transplanting into this garden that may then be under a blanket, or under the lid of a cold frame, or high tunnel. Sep 16, 2014 - Oh Peppermint Swiss Chard, you are so beautiful! This is absolutely fascinating. 2019 Program Guide, Bailey Nurseries. But I thought that would be very expensive, because pea seeds aren’t cheap and he said to get seed for organic field peas—like that you would use for a cover crop—because it’s such a good value. The Year-round Vegetable Gardener by Niki Jabbour. Growing FOOD in Pots. These structures capture solar energy and create a microclimate around our vegetables. Soup’s on the menu when you fill your garden with crops that blend beautifully with flavorful broth. And you’re right: the 3 by 6 is a great idea. You can do it very economically and with very few things you have to build. Tags: Seven Springs 2012, Guest Post, Organic Gardening, Niki Jabbour, If I could only pick one season extending structure for a home vegetable garden, it would be a cold frame. That happens every couple of decades. What’s the proportion you like for a cold frame? It’s a native plant to California, and actually helped prevent scurvy during the Gold Rush, because it would come up in early spring. Those go over the top usually in late November. I thought, “I’ll put a straw bale on top of my carrots, and that will be like the super-easiest mulch ever.” I didn’t realize the straw bale would literally freeze to the soil and I could never pry it off in winter. Oct 25, 2012 - A blog about my adventures as a professional garden writer, radio show host and obsessive veggie gardener! We had to bring the contractor back in to help us build the beds, so the cost did go up a little bit. Well, serendipitously, later that day I went to the post office and found a review copy of Niki Jabbour’s new book, “Growing Under Cover,” waiting for me, and had some answers for my neighbor. “The easiest thing to do is if you have root crops in your garden this fall like carrots or beets or parsnips, things like that, the best way to extend that harvest all winter long is to cover them with about a foot or so of shredded leaves or straw,” she said. My first season extender was a fabric row cover that allowed me to stretch our homegrown arugula harvest by weeks. My mind is in overdrive thinking of the possibilities. He happens to sell them so that was easy for me. No answer, or feeling shy? I love the idea of the higher raised beds — my biggest challenge is making a calendar so I an plan ahead. (Stream it below,  read the illustrated transcript or subscribe free.). don’t stop now! Niki sounds like one smart, busy cookie. So do the leafy greens, the compact kales or baby kale, they’re just made for cold frames. Listen locally in the Hudson Valley (NY)-Berkshires (MA)-Litchfield Hills (CT) Mondays at 8:30 AM Eastern, rerun at 8:30 Saturdays. I hope that everyone who loves to experiment in their gardens joins me on this global food journey. A. And it’s upped my garden game, I think. Welcome! You do have to keep them clean, yes. They’re tiny and nice to add to your salads. succession sowing of vegetables herbs, flowers, with niki jabbour, extend your vegetable garden season, with niki jabbour, oddball edibles: unusual vegetables to grow, with niki jabbour, productive fall and winter vegetable gardens, with niki jabbour, “The Year-Round Vegetable Gardener: How to Grow Your Own Food 365 Days a Year No Matter Where You Live.”, https://robinhoodradioondemand.com/podcast-player/416/a-way-to-garden-with-margaret-roach-august-8-niki-jabbour-on-vegetable-growing-year-round.mp3. 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