Chris McLaughlin Chris McLaughlin is a writer and author from Northern California who has been gardening for over 35 years. She is currently the home agriculture editor for From Scratch Magazine and staff columnist for Vegetable Gardener.com.. Chris has written six books: five on gardening and one on livestock. A Garden to Dye For (St. Lynn's Press), Vertical Vegetable Gardening (Alpha Books), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Small-Space Gardening (Alpha Books), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Heirloom Vegetables (Alpha Books), The Complete Idiot's Guide to Composting (Alpha Books), and Hobby Farms: Small-Scale Rabbit Keeping (BowTie Press). Her print work can also be found in Hobby Farm Home Magazine, Urban Farm Magazine, The Heirloom Gardener Magazine, The Herb Companion (Now Mother Earth Living), and Fine Gardening Magazine. You can read her work and more at her personal website: Laughing Crow & Company.