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Sun, Seed, & Soil: Tips and Techniques for a Northern Garden by Dan Rubin

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Sun, Seed and Soil is a collection of practical tips and techniques for gardening in colder, northern climates. 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.

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 and Soil provides insight into:

  • Choosing the right seeds to plant and build rich, organic soil
  • Protecting plants from wind and cold to extend the growing season by months
  • Using sustainable, regenerative approaches and avoid the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers
  • Growing common garden food plants, herbs, flowers, fruit trees and bushes
Type: paperback
Pages: 336

DAN RUBIN is an author, poet and journalist with a forty year history of publication and awards for his writing. He has worked for years with native elders on the West Coast of Canada on programs that have helped sustain native languages and has designed touring museum exhibits and coordinated international conferences and musical performances at two World’s Fairs. He continues to develop new works, ranging from speculative fiction novels to non-fiction books, articles, scripts and a graphic novel. His writing has been praised as interesting, well-written, innovative and compelling and his work has been anthologized and broadcast nationally on CBC radio.


Dan is also an accomplished composer and performer with fourteen albums of original music released to date. He works in St. John’s as an arts manager, as owner and operator of Second Stage Creative Arts, providing support, career development, revenue management planning and promotion to authors, visual artists, musicians and actors.