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Subject: I need some recommendations please..Gardening and Canning
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 4:33 PM ET
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Hello! I'm hoping this is the right forum to put this in, but here goes....

My Mom is having me lookm for some books on gardening and caning. I have no idea where to start.

She asked for Kerr or Ball Canning Manual/recipe book , She said that many years ago her Mom and sisters had these kinds and they were a great resource.

Also, an Organic Gardening Book(s).   She is thinking like the back to the basics of gardening.  The most pure, simple ways of gardening. 

Mom will have some land to get crazy with it and she wants to do it right in growing and canning etc like her family did 30+ years ago in the midwest.

I have no idea about soil issues.  She grew up in Wisconsin and we live in Central Oregon so if that helps any with recs.  Really, anything that you can give me as far as where to start would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks everyone for you help!


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Kat (polbio) -
Date Posted: 2/26/2009 6:01 PM ET
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I dont know about on here, but I know Barnes and nobles carries canning books and organic gardening. If you have Kmart in your area, they have the Ball Jar books in their cooking section.

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:15 AM ET
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I would recommend the Sunset book" Western Gardening".  At least I think that is the correct title.  I can't seem to find my copy at the moment, but any decent nursery will have copies for sale.  It is geared towards the Western US, unlike a lot of gardening books.  Among other things, it lists plants suitable for cultivation in specific parts of Oregon and the rest of the Wester US.  

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:17 AM ET
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I forgot to mention that Sunset alos puts out a wide range of speciality books on home and garden subjets, and may offer one on food preservation also.  You could check their website...

Date Posted: 3/3/2009 12:08 PM ET
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Thank you for your help!  Mom did find the canning book she was looking for but I will let her know of the Garden one too.  Thanks again!

Date Posted: 3/5/2009 1:44 AM ET
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The publisher of Organic Gardening magazine puts out books as well.  Rodale.

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Date Posted: 3/5/2009 7:52 AM ET
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Heather, check with your local county agricultural extension agent (located in your county seat). This office generally stocks brochures and pamphlets on gardening hints and tips for your area as well as canning procedures. Nowadays some of this information can be downloaded.

Here's the Ball online site:


Here's a link to publications offered by Oregon State:




Date Posted: 3/5/2009 10:32 PM ET
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When we re-located Ijoined the library and read everything they had for local gardenig; then when I started buying books I had a good idea of titles and authors.

I still can't garden very well in the South, but I'm getting better!  LOL  The web is also a good resource for hints, tips and receipes.