The Herb Gardener: A Guide for All Seasons

Overview

This book will be the mainstay of all herb gardeners...the herb gardener's 'Bible'...comprehensive, concise, extremely well organized and timeless.

— Jamie H. Borrow, ex-President, Herb Society of America

"Anyone interested in growing herbs should have this enormously informative book in their library."

— Emelie Tolley, author of Gardening with Herbs

"This gem is loaded with pointed illustrations and practical information."

— Publisher's Weekly

"Skillful blend of the methodical and the creative."

— The Herb ...

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Overview

This book will be the mainstay of all herb gardeners...the herb gardener's 'Bible'...comprehensive, concise, extremely well organized and timeless.

— Jamie H. Borrow, ex-President, Herb Society of America

"Anyone interested in growing herbs should have this enormously informative book in their library."

— Emelie Tolley, author of Gardening with Herbs

"This gem is loaded with pointed illustrations and practical information."

— Publisher's Weekly

"Skillful blend of the methodical and the creative."

— The Herb Quarterly

"One of the most solid books about herbs published in the past several years."

— The Herb Companion

The Herb Gardener features how to:

— Site your herb garden

— Design formal and informal herb gardens

— Plant and care for more than 75 herbs

— Control diseases and pests safely

— Harvest and preserve herbs for cooking and crafts

Full-color throughout, this book contains complete, easy-to-understand information about such common herbs as chervil and thyme, as well as the more unusual, such as fennel and germander. Organized according to the seasons, it includes in-depth information on color and design, soil composition, indoor herb gardening, disease control, and more. 100 photos.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This book will help you cultivate the green thumb you never realized you had." — New York Daily News

"A wonderful, advice-filled resource for experienced as well as beginning herb growers." — Chattanooga Free Press

"This the most complete, easy-to-use guide to growing and using herbs at home. Where to plant, what to plant, when to plant, how to plant — well, you get the idea. This great book has it all." — Globe-Times (Amarillo, Texas)

"The Herb Gardener will appeal to anyone who has ever considered growing herbs....Regardless of your level of interest, from herb gardening in containers to the larger garden, McClure offers practical information." — Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin

"The Herb Gardener is packed with information (recipes, even), written in a way that makes it useful for beginning and experienced gardeners." — Akron Beacon-Journal

"Herbs? Those crumbly things in the spice rack jars, right? If this is all you know of herbs, take a look at The Herb Gardener, a book that details the aesthetic possibilities of sowing, growing and cooking with herbs." — San Francisco Chronicle

Virtually everything you ever wanted to know about the culture of herbs can be found in The Herb Gardener....If you haven't discovered the joy of growing herbs, you will by the time you finish this book." — The Plain Dealer

"The Herb Gardener is going to take its place beside a very few of my favorite herb books. It does everything I like a good herb book to do." — Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A comprehensive, reader-friendly resource, this gem is loaded with pointed illustrations and practical information. Drawing on her training as a botanist, McClure (The Harvest Gardener) gears opening chapters toward beginners, detailing basics about herbs and their cultivation. A more challenging section on garden design includes tips on such considerations as maximizing sunlight, incorporating hardscape and establishing herbal lawns. In the central part of this guide, a season-by-season approach makes tasks in the herb garden manageable. Instructions are complete but not complex, e.g., the autumn topic "Bringing Herbs Indoors'' covers pruning, dividing, transplanting, conditioning and pest management in a few direct, undaunting paragraphs. Sidebars, such as an "Herbs and pH'' chart and "Harvesting Hints,'' and illustrative photos punctuate the text. While the chapter on recipes and craft projects is sketchy and rather ordinary, the wrap-up "Grower's Guide,'' a cross-referenced alphabetical (by Latin names) listing of over 50 common herbs, offers much to engage gardeners of varied experience. A source listing is also included. (Feb.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780882668734
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 1/2/1997
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 1,489,009
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan McClure is the author of Smith & Hawken: Seeds and Propagation. Her other books include The Herb Gardener, The Harvest Gardener, and The Gourmet Gardener.

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Table of Contents

Part One

About Herbs

1 - What Is an Herb?

2 - Herbs & Their Native Habitats

Part Two

Herb Gardening Basics

3 - Introduction to Herbs

4 - Before You Plant

5 - Designing Your Herb Garden

Part Three

Seasons in the Herb Garden

6 - Spring in the Herb Garden

7 - Summer in the Herb Garden

8 - Fall in the Herb Garden

9 - Herb Gardening in Winter

Part Four

Herb Projects for Every Season

10 - Growing Herbs in Containers

11 - Recipes & Crafts

Part Five

A Grower's Guide

Appendices

Mail-Order Nurseries & Herb Suppliers

Sources

Acknowledgments

Experts Cited

References

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