Herbs for Texas

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"Herbs are the world's most interesting plants," says Howard Garrett. "They make beautiful landscape choices, are useful for cooking, controlling insect and disease pests, healing wounds, and are effective for improving the immune system." In this fully illustrated, easy-to-use guide, Garrett and veteran herbalist Odena Brannam offer expert advice on growing nearly 150 herbs suited to Texas and Southwestern gardens, along with detailed information on each plant's landscape, culinary, medicinal, and other uses.

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Overview

"Herbs are the world's most interesting plants," says Howard Garrett. "They make beautiful landscape choices, are useful for cooking, controlling insect and disease pests, healing wounds, and are effective for improving the immune system." In this fully illustrated, easy-to-use guide, Garrett and veteran herbalist Odena Brannam offer expert advice on growing nearly 150 herbs suited to Texas and Southwestern gardens, along with detailed information on each plant's landscape, culinary, medicinal, and other uses.

Individual entries give each herb's common and scientific names and instructions for planting, growing, harvesting, and storing it. The entries also include ideas for using each herb in gardening and cooking (with occasional recipes) and discuss its medicinal uses. A special "insight" section that offers intriguing, often little-known facts about the herb rounds out each entry, as well as a color photo.

In addition to the individual herb descriptions, Garrett sets forth the basics of organic gardening, including pest control, and discusses how to design a herb garden and also raise roses, pecans, and fruit trees without chemicals. Of special interest are his instructions for making teas from dozens of herbs and his list of trees, shrubs, vines, and groundcovers with edible and/or medicinal properties. This wide range of information, not available for Texas herbs in any other single source, makes this book the perfect guide for homeowners, gardeners, landscapers, chefs, herbalists, and health care providers.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292728301
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Gardening Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 637,936
  • Product dimensions: 10.90 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1. Going Organic
2. Starting a Herb Garden
3. Creating an Edible/Medicinal Landscape
4. Harvesting, Storing, and Using Culinary and Medicinal Herbs
5. Making Herb Teas
6. The Herbs
Appendix
Index
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  • Posted June 12, 2010

    Glad I read this before I planted.

    This is a well written reference book for any person interested in herbal gardening. The photographs are colorful and the information about each herb was extremely helpful in planning a garden layout.

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