What Can I Do with My Herbs?: How to Grow, Use, and Enjoy These Versatile Plants

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With tips covering everything from artemisia to vetiver grass, What Can I Do with My Herbs? offers a fun and lively look at forty common herbs and the creative and useful things people do with them. Each herb description includes the plant's history and a list of popular uses, as well as helpful information about how to successfully grow them, how to enjoy them in the garden (watch the swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars that love fennel), or how to use them in the kitchen (substitute the yellow flowers of ...

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Overview

With tips covering everything from artemisia to vetiver grass, What Can I Do with My Herbs? offers a fun and lively look at forty common herbs and the creative and useful things people do with them. Each herb description includes the plant's history and a list of popular uses, as well as helpful information about how to successfully grow them, how to enjoy them in the garden (watch the swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars that love fennel), or how to use them in the kitchen (substitute the yellow flowers of calendula for saffron). Judy Barrett even shares some of her favorite recipes, including lavender lemonade and thyme cheese rolls. Barrett also suggests uses for each specific herb outside the kitchen. Readers will learn how to bathe with basil, fight fungus with chamomile, fertilize with comfrey, clean house with rosemary, and much, much more. Gardeners, herbalists, and anyone interested in learning more about herbs will relish this compact and easy-to-understand practical guide to growing and enjoying these versatile plants.

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Editorial Reviews

Susan Wittig
"A convenient, comprehensive, and easy-to-read users' guide to all the herbs you'll want to grow. Barrett tells you what you want to know to make the best use of the plants you love." —Susan Wittig, author of the bestselling China Bayles Herbal Mysteries
Cheryl Hazeltine
"There is much to like about Judy Barrett's What Can I Do with My Herbs? From the title to the final recommendation encouraging greater use of herbs in the landscape, I found it great fun to read and learned a lot. Barrett writes naturally, engagingly, and with ease." —Cheryl Hazeltine, coauthor of The New Central Texas Gardener
Renee Shepherd
" . . . . a practical, approachable, and really useful guide to enjoying your homegrown herbs everyday." —Renee Shepherd, president and owner of Renee's Garden Seed
Food Lover's Garden
"Barrett's conversational, friendly style makes you realize that the 40 herbs she chose are familiar, old friends of hers. She fills this slim volume with good advice on ways to use herbs, despite suggesting that they not be used medicinally. This is Barrett's fourth gardening book. She also edits Homegrown magazine."
Susan Wittig
"A convenient, comprehensive, and easy-to-read users' guide to all the herbs you'll want to grow. Barrett tells you what you want to know to make the best use of the plants you love." --Susan Wittig, author of the bestselling China Bayles Herbal Mysteries
Cheryl Hazeltine
"There is much to like about Judy Barrett's What Can I Do with My Herbs? From the title to the final recommendation encouraging greater use of herbs in the landscape, I found it great fun to read and learned a lot. Barrett writes naturally, engagingly, and with ease." --Cheryl Hazeltine, coauthor of The New Central Texas Gardener
Renee Shepherd
" . . . . a practical, approachable, and really useful guide to enjoying your homegrown herbs everyday." --Renee Shepherd, president and owner of Renee's Garden Seed
Dominique Browning
…a pretty and useful summer companion. Here you'll learn how to dry, "deter with" and "soothe with" herbs. You'll discover how to make teas, and receive suggestions for using them in jellies, cookies, salads and skin creams.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781603440929
  • Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Series: W. L. Moody Jr. Natural History Series , #40
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 1,424,902
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Judy Barrett is the author of What Makes Heirloom Vegetables So Great? (Texas A&M University Press, 2010) and Recipes from and for the Garden (Texas A&M University Press, 2012). The former editor and publisher of the organic gardening magazine Homegrown, she blogs at HomegrownTexas.com and is a frequent speaker at gardening events and conferences. She lives in Taylor, Texas, near Austin. 

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