Living with Herbs: A Treasury of Useful Plants for the Home and Garden

Living with Herbs: A Treasury of Useful Plants for the Home and Garden


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Living with Herbs: A Treasury of Useful Plants for the Home and Garden by Jo Ann Gardner, Elayne Sears

Through her experience gardening in the inhospitable climate and soils of Nova Scotia, Jo Ann Gardner has learned simple but innovative growing methods and, as she says, "to become a more conscious gardener". The wisdom she shares—with vivid stories and a self-deprecating wit—is useful to herb growers living anywhere in the U.S. or Canada.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780881503593
Publisher: Countryman Press, The
Publication date: 02/17/1997
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Jo Ann Gardner has been growing, preserving, and baking with small fruit for over forty years. She and her husband, Jigs, operated a small hand/horsepowered farm on a remote peninsula on Cape Breton Island, Canada, which inspired books, articles, and lectures beginning in 1978. Together they wrote
Gardens of Use and Delight, describing how they transformed a bare farm into a lush landscape using simple methods. Jo Ann and Jigs now live in Westport,
New York, in the Champlain Valley where they have established a small farm with extensive gardens.

Table of Contents

Preface to the New Edition 9

Introduction 11

Part I

Chapter 1 Basic Growing Methods 19

Starring Herbs From Seed 20

Starting Herbs Indoors 24

Starring Herbs Outdoors 27

Soil, Site, and Planting 29

A Sample Harvest Bed 34

Growing in Containers 35

Care and Propagation 39

Growing Herbs Indoors 44

Chapter 2 Handling the Harvest 49

Traditional Method of Harvesting and Drying Herbs 50

Alternative Method of Harvesting and Drying Herbs 53

Other Alternatives: Microwave and Freezer 59

Chapter 3 Using Herbs in the Home 61

Aromatherapy 61

Bath Herbs 62

Butters 63

Candied Flowers 64

Cheese Herbs 64

Cooking with Herbs 65

Decoctions 65

Dried Flowers 65

Edible Flowers 66

Essential Oils 67

Fines Herbes 67

Fixatives 67

Infusions 68

Jellies 68

Medicinal Herbs 69

Oils 70

Potpourri 70

Sachets 72

Swags 74

Teas 74

Tussie-Mussies 74

Vinegars 77

Wreaths 78

Chapter 4 The Integrated Landscape 81

The Starting Point 82

An Island Bed 83

The Art of Naturalizing 86

A Harvest Bed 87

A Rose Bed 89

Gardening at the Edges 90

Herbs for Landscaping 91

Part II

Chapter 5 The Herbs in My Life: 74 Herb Portraits 95

Bibliography 277

Source Appendix 279

Index 281

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