Mid-Atlantic

October, 2007
Regional Report

Web Finds

Learn 2 Grow
Learn2Grow is an interactive gardening Web site with several engaging highlights: audio courses with photos, garden journal, projects, and personalized information based on the reader's interests and region. There are sections about Problem Solvers, Inspirations, Garden Guides, and a Community blog for exchanging information such as how to foil squirrels.

Books

Raising Chickens
Since tasting rich, flavorful scrambled eggs fresh from an Oregon friend's flock, I hanker to raise a few chickens myself. Christine Heinrichs' How to Raise Chickens - Everything You Need to Know (Voyageur Press, 2007; $19.95) is more than a primer. It's brimming with fascinating history and anecdotes, as well as helpful details -- from breed types to caring for chicks to showing your special bird. The photos introduced me to colorful language describing bird varieties: Naked Necks, Ameraucana hen with muffs, Black Breasted Red bantam rooster, large crested Silver Laced Polish pullet, and many more. An enticement for the health conscious: eggs from free-range chickens have considerably more vitamin E, beta carotene, omega-3 fatty acids and half the cholesterol of commercially raised eggs, notes Heinrichs.

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