Your Backyard Herb Garden: A Gardener's Guide to Growing Over 50 Herbs Plus How to Use Them in Cooking, Crafts, Companion Planting and More

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Everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs using safe, natural, all-organic methods!

Practical tips and advice on all aspects of successful herb growing.

A wealth of great ideas and helpful how-to on using herbs in cooking, crafts, cosmetics, health care, insect repellents, and more.

Illustrated herb directory featuring all the most popular herbs— from aloe...

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Overview

Everything you need to know about growing your favorite herbs using safe, natural, all-organic methods!

Practical tips and advice on all aspects of successful herb growing.

A wealth of great ideas and helpful how-to on using herbs in cooking, crafts, cosmetics, health care, insect repellents, and more.

Illustrated herb directory featuring all the most popular herbs— from aloe to yarrow— each with complete information on growing, care, harvesting, and uses.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Your Backyard Herb Garden captures all the excitement of herbs and makes them easy to grow and enjoy."—Susan McClure, author of The Herb Gardener

"A skilled gardener and teacher, Miranda Smith knows her subject well, writes about it easily, and obviously enjoys the special charms of herbs. She conveys all this in Your Backyard Herb Garden. Her no-nonsense advice on soil building, fertilizing, pest control, and watering is pure gold. She also covers harvesting and using herbs in teas, vinegars, cosmetics, potpourris, crafts, and more. Do try Miranda's rose geranium jelly!"—Bertha Reppert, author of Growing Your Herb Business and Herbs with Confidence, and herbarist in residence at The Rosemary House, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875969947
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/15/1999
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 446,558
  • Product dimensions: 7.49 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Miranda Smith teaches organic and sustainable methods of growing herbs,vegetables, and fruits at the New England Small Farm Institute. She lives in Belchertown, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Planning and Preparing Your Herb Garden 6
Choosing Your Plants 8
Choosing Locations 13
Designing Your Garden 16
Formal Designs 20
Kitchen Gardens 22
Herbs for Fragrance 24
Color 26
Growing and Caring for Your Herbs 28
Breaking Ground 30
Transplants and Seeds 34
Caring for Your Garden 40
Propagating Your Herbs 44
Preparing for Winter 48
Growing Herbs Indoors 50
Pests and Diseases 52
Using and Enjoying Your Herbs 58
Harvesting Your Herbs 60
Drying Herbs 62
Freezing Culinary Herbs 64
Herbal Seasonings 66
Dressing Up Salads 68
Brewing Herbal Vinegars 70
Herb Flavored Oils 72
Making Herb Teas 74
Herbal Jellies and Honeys 76
Herbal Breads 78
Herbs for Health and Beauty 80
Herbs and Your Health 82
Herbs for Beauty 86
Custom-Blend Potpourri 88
Pillows and Sachets 90
Herb Bouquets 92
Dried Arrangements 94
Insect Repellents 96
Herb Directory 98
Aloe 100
Angelica 101
Anise 102
Anise hyssop 103
Basil, sweet 104
Bee balm 106
Betony 107
Borage 108
Calendula 109
Caraway 110
Catnip 111
Chamomile 112
Chervil 113
Chives 114
Cilantro/Coriander 115
Clary 116
Comfrey 117
Dill 118
Fennel 119
Feverfew 120
Geraniums, scented 121
Hyssop 123
Lavender 124
Lemon balm 125
Lemongrass 126
Lemon verbena 127
Lovage 128
Marjoram, sweet 129
Mints 130
Nasturtium 132
Oregano 133
Parsley 134
Pennyroyal 135
Rosemary 136
Rue 137
Saffron crocus 138
Sage 139
Santolina 140
Savory, summer 141
Savory, winter 142
Southernwood 143
Sweet cicely 144
Sweet woodruff 145
Tansy 146
Tarragon, French 147
Thyme 148
Valerian 149
Vervain, European 150
Violet 151
Wormwood 152
Yarrow 153
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map 154
Resources and Recommended Reading 155
Index 157
Acknowledgments 160
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  • Posted May 14, 2010

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    Great book with easy to find info on growing and caring for most common herbs. Pretty much all you need for the backyard and/or container gardener. Great ideas on creating basic herbal products from your harvest as well. Highly recommend this book to the average herb hobbyist. Great illustrations.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    New to Herb Gardening

    I haven't done any gardening in many years and wanted to get back into it. One of the things I want to start with are herbs because I can use them in cooking. I found this book to be very informative and the perfect referrence I was looking for especially as a novice. I'm sure it will get a lot of use.

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