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The Prairie Gardener's Go-To for Small Spaces
By (author): Janet Melrose By (author): Sheryl Normandeau
Janet Melrose , Sheryl Normandeau


TouchWood Editions - Victoria



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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Mar 02, 2021
$15.00 CAD


8.5in x 5.5 in

Page Count:

160 pages


full colour throughout
TouchWood Editions
GARDENING / Regional / Canada
Garden design and planning|Gardening: flowers and ornamental plants|Specialized gardening methods|Container gardening|Indoor gardening
North America

The fourth installation of the new gardening series Guides for the Prairie Gardener will teach you how to maximize your small-space garden in the prairies.

Not everyone in the prairies has a big, wide-open space in which to garden, but with a little extra know-how and some specialized techniques, you can maximize your success in the space you have.

Lifelong gardeners Sheryl and Janet are here with answers to all of your big questions about small-space gardening including

  • Which types of growing media to use in containers or raised beds
  • How to properly fertilize and water your container plants, including grow bags and containers made from various types of materials
  • How to get started in square foot gardening
  • How to reap the rewards of succession planting and catch-cropping
  • How to build raised beds, wicking beds, and sub-irrigation planters
  • Which veggies and vines to grow vertically, what herbs and edible flowers are suitable for container growing, as well as small tree options for your tiny yard
  • How to keep hanging baskets looking lush and full of blooms all summer.

Whether you're using container gardens, raised beds, small plots, and postage-stamp sized yards, or trying your hand at vertical gardening, certified master gardeners Sheryl and Janet answer all your questions about how to do so successfully on the prairies. Small-space gardeners are a different breed and what they create can be magic!

  • Other than the Lois Hole series of gardening books, which is now quite dated, there are very few update, modern-looking print resources for prairie gardeners.
  • This series embraces the Q&A format, and the questions are the most-asked questions that the authors receive during their regular classes and workshops that they offer.
  • Written by Master Gardeners who are recognized experts in their field, and well-loved community educators.
  • One of the co-authors is the administrator of the Facebook group "Alberta Gardening" which now has 37K members.
  • Full-colour interior with updated information for today's issues including water conservation and climate change.
  • Janet Melrose is a garden educator and consultant, and an advocate for Calgary's Sustainable Local Food System. She is a life-long gardener and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate and Home Farm Horticultural Therapy Certificate. She has a passion for Horticultural Therapy and facilitates numerous programs designed to integrate people marginalized by various disabilities into the larger community. She is a regular contributor to The Gardener for Canadian Climates magazine. She lives in Calgary where she runs her education and consulting company, Calgary's Cottage Gardener.

    Sheryl Normandeau is a life-long gardener, and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate and a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate. She is a freelance writer specializing in gardening writing with hundreds of articles published. She is a regular contributor The Gardener for Canadian Climates, The Prairie Garden Annual, Herb Quarterly, Mother Earth Gardener, and many more. She lives in Calgary.

    Media + Publicity:
    • Confirmed media from The Gardener for Canadian Climates in both spring and summer 2021 issues
    • Baseline media outreach to Globe and Mail, National Post, Calgary Herald, Edmonton Journal, Red Deer Advocate, Lethbridge Herald, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, Regina LeaderPost, Brandon Sun, Winnipeg Free Press, Prairie Books Now, Alberta Views, CBC's North Country (MB), CBC's Information Radio (MB), CBC's Radio Noon (MB), CBC's Up to Speed (MB), CBC's the Weekend Morning Show (MB), CBC's The Morning Edition (SK), CBC's Saskatoon Morning (SK), CBC's Blue Sky (SK), CBC's The Afternoon Edition (SK), CBC's Saskatchewan Weekend, CBC's The Calgary Eyeopener (AB), CBC's Edmonton AM (AB), CBC's Alberta at Noon (AB), CBC's The Homestretch (AB), CBC's Radio Active (AB), CBC's Daybreak Alberta (AB), CHQR770's Lets Talk Gardening
    • Subject specific outreach to Calgary Gardening, Heirloom Gardener, Herb Quarterly, The Prairie Garden annual, Mother Earth Living , Old Farmer's Almanac, The Farmer's Almanac, Alberta Gardener Living, Alive, Country Connection, Rural Roots, GRIT Magazine, The Gardener for All Climates magazine
    • Outreach to gardening clubs and associations such as Calgary Horticultural Society, Calgary Gardening newsletter, Master Gardeners of Alberta Association, Grande Prairie Garden Club, etc…
    • Direct marketing outreach to gardening centres across the prairies including dedicated displays 
    Marketing + Promo:
    • Regional, and subject-specific print features, excerpts, review coverage, broadcast interviews
    • Blogger outreach, online ads and social media campaigns
    • Publicity and promotion in conjunction with authors' COVID-safe and virtual speaking engagements
    • Outreach to subject-specific organizations, markets and festivals
    • COVID-safe / virtual festival appearances
    • Regional author tour
    • Excerpts available
    • Electronic ARCs
    • Electronic blads
    Marketing + Promo Deliverables
    • Electronic blad / sampler
    • Display banner (large)
    • Print blad / sampler
    • Business cards
    • Press release
    BISAC Codes:
    • GAR019010  GARDENING / Regional / Canada
    • GAR027000  GARDENING / Climatic / General
    • GAR018000  GARDENING / Reference
    BISAC Regional Themes
    • Alberta
    • Manitoba
    • Manitoba
    • Saskatchewan
    BISAC Merchandising Themes
    • HL030     HOLIDAY / Earth Day
    • HL060     HOLIDAY / Father's Day
    • HL130     HOLIDAY / Mother's Day
    • TP054     TOPICAL / Gift
    • TP090     TOPICAL / Women's Interest

    For more information contact
    [email protected]

    “The Prairie Gardener’s series offers knowledgeable yet accessible answers to questions covering a broad range of topics to help you cultivate garden success. Get growing!” —Lorene Edwards Forkner, gardener and author of Color In and Out of the Garden

    “This is a beautiful and incredibly well-written series of books on earth-friendly gardening. Lavishly illustrated, with photos in every segment, the books are a pleasure just to leaf through, but the accessible writing and level of expertise makes them essential to any gardener’s library. Although they’re geared to prairie gardeners, I found great information that transfers anywhere, including where I live, in the Sierra Foothills, and will enjoy them for years to come. Well-indexed, to help you find solutions to elusive problems. Highly recommended!” —Diane Miessler, certified perma-culture designer and author of Grow Your Soil!

    “All your gardening questions answered! Reading the Prairie Gardener’s series is like sitting down with your friendly local master gardener. Delivers practical guidance that will leave you feeling confident and inspired.” —Andrea Bellamy, author of Small-Space Vegetable Gardens

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