• Indoor Kitchen Gardening by Elizabeth Millard
• Reviewed by Shirley Chan, Coquitlam Public Library
While growing flowers has always been popular, vegetable gardening is making a comeback, perhaps because of the obvious rewards. Even in winter’s coldest months, fresh, delicious produce can be harvested.
Gardeners who wish to grow edible gardens all year round can thumb their way through Elizabeth Millard’s Indoor Kitchen Gardening. Millard shares simple techniques for gardening throughout the year.
Among other topics, Indoor Kitchen Gardening features an outstanding section on microgreens.
Edible greens grown from the seeds of vegetables and herbs, microgreens are smaller than baby greens but bigger than sprouts. Their flavor is much more intense than that of mature greens and they can be added to salads or used to garnish soups and sandwiches.
Microgreens germinate in soil or soil substitute, require sunlight for growth and are harvested when they are seven to 14 days old and one to three inches tall. Readers of Millard’s book can learn how to select the best varieties for each season, the art of succession planting and how to build inexpensive structures to protect your plants from the elements.
Find this and other year-round gardening books at your local library.