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In Growing Food in a Short Season, Melanie J. Watts explains that with the right gardening practices the short northern summer can lead to an explosion of life, producing enough color and food to see anyone through the dark days of winter. Providing helpful hints and a wise gardening philosophy for a productive food garden, Watts begins at ground level with instruction on how to use compost and manure to create fertile soil that will lend its life to plants. A variety of seed options and planting methods are presented -- including start times and placement -- taking into account microclimates that occur in each garden as well as the benefits of companion planting. Additionally, plants that are easily grown in zones two and three are listed with concise how-to-grow information. Watts provides full chapters on garden maintenance and harvesting, as well as tips on cooking and preserving the bounty with great recipes that focus on eating seasonally.
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Melanie J. Watts has been a freelance writer since 1995 and an organic gardener since 1986. She earned her Master Gardener certification in 2010 after creating her website, Northern Gardeners Almanac (northerngardenersalmanac.com). Watts and her family raised sheep for 12 years on their farm in the British Columbia Peace Region. She now lives with her husband north of Prince George, British Columbia.

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