Herb Gardening for Washington and Oregon

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Herbs add fragrance, beauty and practicality to your garden -- and it's easy to grow a wide variety of them just about anywhere here in Washington and Oregon. This book, coauthored by veteran Washington garden writer Marianne Binetti and Laura Peters, offers handy tips and advice on: growing, maintaining and harvesting 363 of the best herbs for local gardens; propagation and winter care; and solutions to common garden problems. This practical book will help you participate in the age-old tradition of using herbs ...
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Overview

Herbs add fragrance, beauty and practicality to your garden -- and it's easy to grow a wide variety of them just about anywhere here in Washington and Oregon. This book, coauthored by veteran Washington garden writer Marianne Binetti and Laura Peters, offers handy tips and advice on: growing, maintaining and harvesting 363 of the best herbs for local gardens; propagation and winter care; and solutions to common garden problems. This practical book will help you participate in the age-old tradition of using herbs to flavor foods, add seductive scents to potpourris and perfumes, and impart healthful, healing qualities to lotions and lip balms:
• Exotic herbs such as kaffir lime, lemongrass, jasmine, fenugreek and stevia can be grown easily here.
• Edible flowers such as nasturtiums and calendula can add flavor and interest to salads, teas, honeys and butters.
• Fragrant herbs such as basil, rosemary and sage can be used in infusions, herbal baths and soaps.
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With each passing year, backyard herb gardening is becoming more popular. This handy, well-researched guide fills the bill for Northwest gardeners who want to skip that maddening trial-and-error phase that most novices experience. Herb Gardening for Washington and Oregon describes the species, cultivars, and varieties that grow best in your region and offers indispensable help for plant selection, harvesting, and storing. This useful paperback even includes several basic recipes for flavored oils, vinegars, scented soaps, sachets, and toiletries.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789768200396
  • Publisher: Lone Pine Publishing International Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/4/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 784,613
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

What is a Herb?     4
Types of Herbs     5
Perennials     5
Annuals     5
Trees and Shrubs     6
Vines and Other Herbs     7
Herb Garden Design     7
Factors to Consider     7
Growing Herbs Indoors     8
Growing Herbs Outdoors     9
Ornamental Versus Practical     9
Cold Hardiness Zones and Microclimates     10
The Basics     11
Sun or Shade     11
Soil     13
Exposure     14
Preparing the Garden     15
Compost     16
Planting Herbs     17
Plant Selection     17
Planting Herbs into Containers     20
Growing Perennials as Annuals     21
Caring for Your Herbs     22
Weeding     22
Mulching     22
Deadheading     23
Pruning     24
Staking     24
Watering     25
Fertilizing     25
Propagation     26
Seeds     26
Cuttings     28
Division     32
Pests andDiseases     34
Prevention and Control     34
What Now?     36
The Harvest     36
Processing and Preservation     39
Herb-infused Oils and Vinegars     41
Preserving Herbs in Sugar     43
Herbal Honey     43
Herbed Butter     43
What to Do With Your Herbs     44
The Language of Herbs     45
Recipes and Craft Suggestions     45
About This Guide     50
The Herbs     52
Glossary     248
Index     250
Author Biography     256
Acknowledgments     256
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