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The author covers everything: how to plant specific types of veggies, including some suggestions of varieties that work well on Zone 5 East Coast and timeline in weeks for starting indoors, transplanting, etc (spring and fall), how to prepare your garden for the 4 seasons of the Canadian weather, how to build storage and winter protection, how to organize your garden, plus, the pictures are all beautiful and inspiring. A must have for a Canadian gardener.
Whether you want to garden 12 months of the year in cold climates or to stretch the season a little or just to better understand basic vegetable gardening, this is a good resource. I really liked the cold frame plans. My husband and I always have a major communication issue whenever I ask him to build something. No matter how many ways I draw it out and explain it, he can't seem to fully grasp what I want. So when I saw the 2+ pages of instructions complete with step by step pictures and plans, I thought "perfect!" Well as good as it is, we (he) still struggled, but that's not the books fault. I did however get a lovely cold frame in the end, and when the snow melts enough, I'll find a place for it and try my hand at extended season gardening. I'm inspired!!
the book is ok. I bought it on recommendation from someone who has listened to the author talk or podcasts or something and thought she was good and the fact of her similar climate. There are some bits here and there that are insightful or at the very least make it seem like this is something she enjoys doing. My gripe is most of it is just "build a type of greenhouse", and I guess I already knew that I just expected more. The book seems written and displayed well enough. No real negative, no real positive.
Absolutely love this book - we live in New Brunswick and were looking for resources on when to start different types of crops according to our local weather here - most books out there are for warmer climates than what we have so we ended up guessing when and what to plant each year. This book has it all, and is adapted to our climate, so there's no more guessing. We're following it this year and already have colder-weather short-season crops going and doing well (started in our greenhouse late march), and plan on replacing them with more summer/heat loving crops as we harvest what's growing now. Highly recommend getting this if you live in a colder climate like the Atlantic provinces or northeastern US!
I bought this for an elderly resident in the Care Home I work. He just loves it and says he has gained lots of tips to help keep him active even during the winter months. He loves the layout of the book (easy for him to read) and has lots of practical and beautiful pictures.
I live in Newfoundland, so our climate is a bit harsher yet than the author's, but I still found a lot of useful information that I am now implementing into my own vegetable garden. In a couple months I will see how it all works out.
Exactly what a gardening book should be - engaging descriptions, excellent photos and illustrations, user-friendly layout and design, not too much or too little of anything. Excellent information, specifically for those in the colder climates with short growing seasons - this book teaches you how to stretch your seasons and grow well into winter. The wealth of information in this book makes it a total treasure. If you are in growing your garden in Canada and will have only one book to learn from - this should be it.