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I'm planning on what to do for my garden next year (I'm new to gardening so need lots of planning time).<br>
We're in a tiny pocket of zone 2 and surrounded by zone 3. This year is was snowing the last weekend of April and people tell me that it snows in June here. Wow.<br>
I'm a transplanted urbanite, but very motivated to learn. DH is a farm boy, but raised with conventional agriculture experienced.<br>
I'm interested in things to eat during the summer, and freeze. I don't feel quite ready to forray into canning, although with good sites I may change my mind.<br>
What can I grow? I dreamed of fruit trees, but I think it's too cold here.<br>
Please help me- I'm so new it hurts! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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I'm zone 2a in northern BC. I love <a href="http://www.amazon.ca/gp/redirect.html?ie=UTF8&linkCode=ur2&camp=1789&creative=9325&tag=motheringhud-20&location=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.ca%2FHarrowsmith-Northern-Gardener-Jennifer-Bennett%2Fdp%2F092065679X" target="_blank">The Harrowsmith Northern Gardener</a> . It's full of great tips for extending your growing season and has a fantastic list of plants that are hardy in cold climets. It's also got a great chart that lists how many feet of rows you need to plant of a given vegitable to last you the year and tips on storing and preserving food. Just a great book all round.<br><br>
My family has always been gardeners. My mother is a master gardener. But I've always lived in warmer climets than this. At least zone 5 or 6. So it's been a learning experiance for me to. I've been gardening in the north for 6 years. This is my second year in this house.<br><br>
There is a surprising amount of stuff we can grow but you might have to let go of the idea of growing things like melons. But raspberries and lot's of other berries do great and there are several types of apple that do well. Also some plums and sour pie cherries.
 

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Thanks for the book recommendation, Rhiannon Feimorgan. I'm in zone 5 (balmy by comparison) but we do have our challenges with a short season than most of the US. I am sure I could learn a lot from someone writing for the uppermost zones.
 
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