This week’s Book Crush takes place at Lake Samish in Bellingham on a chilly morning. I don’t know about you, but in the winter, I appreciate these little moments with nature even more.
The leaves at the water’s edge were crispy and rimed with frost. Songbirds were busy in the trees looking for berries and seeds. And a heron flew over the lake, its broad wings outspread and luminous in the early morning light.
Just in time for the holidays, I’m here to tell you about one of my favorite gardening books published in recent years. “Your Farm in the City: An Urban Dweller’s Guide to Growing Food and Raising Animals” is a beautiful paean to the joys of growing and harvesting your own food, as well as extremely useful how-to guide for old and new gardeners alike.
Written collaboratively by Lisa Taylor and the gardeners of Seattle Tilth ( a wonderful organic gardening association out of Seattle), this book is well organized into helpful topics like “Building Healthy Soil”, pest management or “Loving your Enemies” and “Extending the Harvest”. There’s also an entire chapter on animal husbandry featuring city-friendly farm animals like chickens, ducks, bees and even goats.
Published by Black Dog and Leventhal out of New York, the physical book is beautiful in its own right. Printed in natural muted tones of green, ivory and brown with gorgeous graphics of vegetables, insects and various garden dwellers, it is an absolute pleasure to page through. I also appreciated the budget friendly tips sprinkled throughout such as how to make your own paper pots, the actual essentials for canning and how to build your own rabbit hutch. Taylor’s writing is at once straightforward and charming, a wonderful read on a cold winter’s night with a hot cup of tea in hand.