The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy

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Overview


Grow, Eat, and Preserve 26 Herbs

Anise Hyssop
Basil
Bay Laurel
Bee Balm
Borage
Calendula
Caraway
Catnip
Chives
Cilantro & Coriander
Dill
Fennel
Garlic
Hyssop
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemon Verbena
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Tarragon
Thyme
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Editorial Reviews

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Herb gardening provides an easy foray into gardening for cooks, crafters, and the increasing number of people experimenting with growing their own food. These beginning gardeners need direction, and horticulturalist Smith (The Weather-Resilient Garden) provides it in this primer on the most commonly used culinary herbs. A pictorial table of contents, along with the illustrated back cover, provides quick access to the alphabetical entries, which include information on how to grow, harvest, use, and preserve each herb. Recipes and comments on the healing uses of herbs are included, as they are in a plethora of other herb books. Beginners looking for a wider variety of herbs or a broader work that includes cultivating herbs for natural dyes will prefer Jekka McVicar's exemplary The Complete Herb Book, while readers seeking detailed folklore, legends, and historic recipes will enjoy the first American edition of Nancy Arrowsmith's Essential Herbal Wisdom. VERDICT Though not unique, this is a worthwhile introductory work for beginners and those public libraries currently needing an introductory herb book. Recommended.—Bonnie L. Poquette, Milwaukee, WI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603425285
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 4/17/2010
  • Pages: 145
  • Sales rank: 618,920
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Saxon Holt has combined his career as a photographer with a lifelong love of gardening. His work has appeared in dozens of books and gardening magazines. He is a member of the American Society of Media Photographers, the American Society of Picture Professionals, and the Garden Writers of America Association, from which he has received three awards for his photography.

A former horticulturalist for White Flower Farm, Charles W.G. Smith has also been an instructor of vocational agriculture. He has written about gardening and environmental issues for more than a decade. He is the author of The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs, The Weather-Resilient Garden, and Raptor!

Edward C. Smith is the best-selling author of The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and The Vegetable Gardener's Container Bible. For more than 30 years he and his wife, Sylvia, have lived off the grid in Vermont, in a house they built on land they cleared by hand. Together, the grow more than 100 varieties of vegetables, fruits, and herbs in their 2,000 square feet of gardens and containers.

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Table of Contents


Introduction
Anise Hyssop
Basil
Bay Laurel
Bee Balm
Borage
Calendula
Caraway
Catnip
Chives
Cilantro & Coriander
Dill
Fennel
Garlic
Hyssop
Lavender
Lemon Balm
Lemon Verbena
Marjoram
Mint
Oregano
Parsley
Rosemary
Sage
Savory
Tarragon
Thyme
Herbs at a Glance
Index
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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    review from www.beachbrights.blogspot.com

    God has been good to my little garden. I planted MINT, BASIL, PARSLY, STEVIA, ROSEMARY, LAVENDER & CILANTRO. I just wish I had read this book before I planted this garden. You see, my MINT is over taking my garden and had I read this book, I would have known this was going to happen. So today, I am going to dig up my mint and plant it in a container.

    This book spares no punches. Right away in the introduction the author is quick to discuss - Where to Plant the herbs, Tending/Attending, How Many Plants you Will Need and Harvesting. Make sure to pay special attention to the Garden Hun section. Hence, my MINT debacle.

    The next section of this fantastic book talks about 26 herbs. I like how the author devotes a few pages to each herb, discussing in detail the species, how to grow it, harvesting, planning & quantity and most importantly uses.

    The book concludes with a "Herbs at a Glance" chart that makes a good reference for planning your garden. You can see a detailed video review on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HUF6-5R02TI

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