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"The winter was not given to us for no purpose. We must thaw its cold with our genialness. We are asked to find out and appropriate all the nutrients it yields. If it is a cold and hard season, its fruit, no doubt, is the more concentrated and nutty."

— Henry David Thoreau

Our Books
The Four Season Farm Gardener's Cookbook

From the Garden to the Table in 120 Recipes

The Four Season Farm Gardenerís Cookbook is two books in one!

  1. A step-by-step garden guide that works no matter how small your plot. We cover the basics, from soil and harvest, and teach you our four decades worth of time-saving tricks to make gardening easier and more successful.

  2. A four-season cookbook with 120 recipes from Barbara, from Stuffed Squash Blossom Fritters to Red Thai Curry with Fall Vegetables to Hazelnut Torte with Summer Berries. We show you how to turn your garden’s bounty into great meals, using simple recipes that can be adapted to whatever’s in season.

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The Winter Harvest Handbook

Year-Round Vegetable Production Using Deep Organic Techniques and Unheated Greenhouses

Choosing locally grown organic food is a sustainable living trend that's taken hold throughout North America. Celebrated farming expert Eliot Coleman helped start this movement with The New Organic Grower published 20 years ago. He continues to lead the way, pushing the limits of the harvest season while working his world-renowned organic farm in Harborside, Maine. Now gardeners and farmers can use the innovative, highly successful methods Coleman describes in this comprehensive handbook to raise crops throughout the coldest of winters.

Building on the techniques that hundreds of thousands of farmers and gardeners adopted from The New Organic Grower and Four-Season Harvest, this new book focuses on growing produce of unparalleled freshness and quality in customized unheated or, in some cases, minimally heated, movable plastic greenhouses.

Coleman offers clear, concise details on greenhouse construction and maintenance, planting schedules, crop management, harvesting practices, and even marketing methods in this complete, meticulous, and illustrated guide. His painstaking research and experimentation with more than 30 different crops will be valuable to small farmers, homesteaders, and experienced home gardeners who seek to expand their production seasons.

A passionate advocate for the revival of small-scale sustainable farming, Coleman provides a practical model for supplying fresh, locally grown produce during the winter season, even in climates where conventional wisdom says it "just can't be done."

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"Congratulations on another volume of useful, practical, sensible, and enlightening information."

Martha Stewart, best-selling author, magazine publisher and television host

"How do you produce first-rate food all year-round in northern places? This is the big question facing the local food movement, and Eliot Coleman, one of America's most innovative farmers, has come up with excellent answers....The Winter Harvest Handbook is an indispensable contribution."

Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food

"In chapters covering everything from The Yearly Schedule and Greenhouse Design to Weed Control and Marketing, Coleman tracks his own constant search for perfection, a quality that has led more than one young farmer to exclaim 'I'd follow him anywhere.' Well worth reading even if you don't grow vegetables, just to watch a master's mind at work."

Joan Dye Gussow, author of This Organic Life

The Garden Primer

The Completely Revised Gardener's Bible

Remarkably complete, this is the one: the indispensable one-volume reference guide to gardening simply, beautifully, and well. It's jam-packed with useful information, old-fashioned common sense, and a lifetime-worth of experience, and is thoroughly revised and expanded throughout to be 100 percent organic in its recommendations.

Updated with the latest on plants, soils, tools, and techniques, it covers everything, including:

  • The basics of landscaping, with an emphasis on sustainable methods.
  • A guide through the nursery jungle. Understanding what plants need and avoiding complex rules and unnecessary formulas.
  • How to choose and combine flowers for season-long color, setting the foundation with perennials and accenting with annuals.
  • Extending the season – that's right, harvest carrots in January.
  • The secret to raising roses without fuss, lawns without excess needs, vines with discipline and trees that will enhance your property.
  • New information on native species, new sources for plants and gear, new and more efficient techniques, and new innovative tools.
  • Complete instructions for growing and tending approximately 370 plants.
  • More than 500 illustrations, easy-to-read diagrams, and design plans for all types of gardens and landscapes.

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"An extraordinarily comprehensive guide."

San Francisco Chronicle

"A fine introduction to horticulture."

The New York Times

"Covers just about everything you could think of, and then some."

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

"Best of the crop."

House Beautiful

Theme Gardens

How to Plan, Plant and Grow Sixteen Gorgeous Gardens

A lot has happened in the world of gardening since Theme Gardens was first published in 1982. And a lot has happened to Barbara Damrosch. Through Theme Gardens and her classic, The Garden Primer, through her Gardener's Calendar and other ventures, she's established herself as one of the country's authorities.

Now, at long last, Theme Gardens is revised and updated to serve a new generation of gardening enthusiasts. It's like a new book in presentation, much more weighted to photography and with a reworked design that freshens and modernizes the landscape plans to make them easier to read and to follow. The lists of recommended plants is revamped, with special attention to eliminating potentially invasive varieties and adding new plants more suited to the grower's environment. All-new photographs are larger, selected illustrations are updated. What hasn't changed is the core of inspiring, practical, creative ideas-from a butterfly garden to a garden of old roses, from a Shakespeare garden to a moon garden to a Zen garden to a medieval paradise garden, Theme Gardens presents plans for creating 16 distinctively themed gardens along with instructions for growing and maintaining over 300 plants. Recipes, in other words, that every gardener will love.

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"Practical and inspirational. The kind of book you will want to read from cover to cover some winter's weekend, then return to for reference."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

"There are some bewitching fancies here."


"Welcome inspiration for all who would garden imaginatively. The author makes abundantly clear how to achieve delightful gardens of distinctive character."

T.H. Everett, Senior Horticultural Specialist, The New York Botanical Garden

Four Season Harvest

Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long

If you love the joys of eating home-garden vegetables but always thought those joys had to stop at the end of summer, this book is for you. Eliot Coleman introduces the surprising fact that most of the United States has more winter sunshine than the south of France. He shows how North American gardeners can successfully use that sun to raise a wide variety of traditional winter vegetables in backyard cold frames and plastic covered tunnel greenhouses without supplementary heat. Coleman expands upon his own experiences with new ideas learned on a winter-vegetable pilgrimage across the ocean to the acknowledged kingdom of vegetable cuisine, the southern part of France, which lies on the 44th parallel, the same latitude as his farm in Maine.

This story of sunshine, weather patterns, old limitations and expectations, and new realities is delightfully innovative in the best gardening tradition. Four-Season Harvest will have you feasting on fresh produce from your garden all through the winter. Eliot Coleman presents simple, inexpensive designs for cold frames, unheated mobile greenhouses, and root cellars in this home garden best seller.

Softcover, 224 pages.

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"Four Season Harvest is a magnificent work. It's enticing, inspiring, sensible, and it opens a whole new world for the home grower."

Peter Fossel, Country Journal

"From first sentence to last, Coleman's book is a delight – an earnest guide written with an impish sense of humor. It will refresh anyone who wants to get the most from a vegetable garden yet doesn't want to devote too much time and energy to the process. Apparently Coleman thoroughly enjoys every phase of gardening – from planting crops to weeding. Who else has ever suggested, only half in jest, dancing with a hoe? Or keeping a pair of ducks for pest patrol? This is that kind of book. It's also a book full of valuable information on how to harvest fresh vegetables and salad ingredients literally year-round – yet without an expensive greenhouse or indoor light garden set-up. Coleman combines succession planting (small sowings three or more times, rather than one big endeavor) with cold-frame growing in the winter months. He includes how-tos for building simple cold-frames. Given the fact that he lives in Maine, his advice seems all the more reliable. He believes in simplicity ("If what I am doing in the garden seems complicated, it is probably wrong"), seasonality (tomatoes in summer, broccoli in fall, mache in February) and diplomacy in the garden (which "has more to teach us than just how to grow food"). Here, his philosophy of organic growing is shared easily. The book concludes with an extensive chapter on the vegetables that comprise his "cast of characters."

Publisher's Weekly

The New Organic Grower

A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener

The New Organic Grower has become a modern classic on organic gardening. In this revised and expanded edition, master grower Eliot Coleman continues to present the simplest and most sustainable ways of growing top-quality organic vegetables. Coleman updates practical information on marketing the harvest, on small-scale equipment, and on farming and gardening for the long-term health of the soil. The new book is thoroughly updated, and includes all-new chapters such as:

  • Farm-Generated Fertility – how to meet your soil-fertility needs from the resources of your own land, even if manure is not available.
  • The Moveable Feast – how to construct home-garden and commercial-scale greenhouses that can be easily moved to benefit plants and avoid insect and disease build-up.
  • The Winter Garden – how to plant, harvest, and sell hardy salad crops all winter long from unheated or minimally heated greenhouses.
  • Pests? – how to find "plant-positive" rather than "pest-negative" solutions by growing healthy, naturally resistant plants.
  • The Information Resource – how and where to learn what you need to know to grow delicious organic vegetables, no matter where you live.

Written for the serious gardener or small market farmer, The New Organic Grower proves that, in terms of both efficiency and profitability, smaller can be better.

Softcover, 340 pages.

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"Every small-scale grower and serious gardener should have a copy."

Robert Rodale, Rodale Press

"I know of no other person who can produce better results on the land with an economy of effort and means than Eliot. He has transformed gardening from a task, to a craft, and finally to what Stewart Brand would call 'local science'."

Paul Hawken, best-selling author and entrepreneur, from the Foreword