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  • Books for garden lovers ... and their friends

    Put these books on your gift list for growers
  • Now that your garden is tucked in for winter, it is time once again to take a look at the new gardening books — either for yourself or as gifts for your gardening friends.
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  • Now that your garden is tucked in for winter, it is time once again to take a look at the new gardening books — either for yourself or as gifts for your gardening friends.
    Gardening is an exploding field, and the gardening sections in bookstores reflect that.
    Dozens of new books on urban gardening have sprouted as people seek ways to grow some of their own food on small lots or even high-rise balconies.
    If you weren't lucky enough to grow up on a farm or have a parent or grandparent to pass the lore on to you, then one of the best is "Urban Farm Handbook: City Slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading and Preparing What You Eat," by Annette Cottrell and Joshua McNichols (288 pages, The Mountaineers Books, $24.95).
    This is a thorough book of basics, not just of gardening but of a whole lifestyle. You will find topics ranging from a step-by-step guide to slaughtering your own chickens to recipes for rose-hip and elderberry syrup to composting, canning, pickling, grinding your own grain and even making your own cheese and corned beef.
    The Seattle-based authors give a Northwest perspective to the problems of sustainability.
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