Sun, Seed and Soil: Tips and techniques for a northern garden


Moving to Newfoundland from the Gulf Islands of British Columbia was a shock for long-time gardener Dan Rubin. Accustomed to warm, calm, and relatively predictable weather, Rubin faced long winters, strong winds, and constant salt spray at his new property perched on the edge of the north Atlantic.

Twenty years later, Rubin’s productive and lush seaside garden is filled with a range of crops, from tomatoes, squash, and greens to plums, artichokes, and even peaches.

Sun, Seed & Soil is a collection of practical tips and techniques for gardening in colder, northern climates, based on Rubin’s personal experiences and discoveries. It offers valuable advice for Canadian gardeners—particularly in Atlantic Canada—as well as those in the northern United States or anyone facing similar growing conditions.

Sun, Seed & Soil provides insight into:

  • Choosing the right seeds to plant and building rich, organic soil
  • Protecting plants from wind and cold to extend the growing season by months
  • Using sustainable, regenerative approaches to avoid the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Growing common vegetables, herbs, flowers, fruit trees, and bushes.

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