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The green guide to herb gardening : featuring the 10 most popular herbs
Harding, Deborah C., 1955-
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Publication Information:
St. Paul, Minn. : Llewellyn Publications, 2000.
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ix, 178 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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You know that using herbs for everything from flavoring your food to magic can be powerful. You also know that using fresh herbs can be the best way to work with these powerful plants. But how do you grow them? What is needed? Where do you start?

If you're new to growing herbs, you'll discover that The Green Guide to Herb Gardening by Deborah C. Harding is the only book you'll need to get your garden to grow.  It gives you step-by-step techniques to grow from seeds, nurture, harvest, and store ten of the most versatile, easy-to-grow herbs: basil, calendula, chamomile, chives, garlic, lemon balm, mint, oregano, parsley, and thyme.

Learning how to grow each of the herbs is just the beginning. The Green Guide to Herb Gardening includes a chapter for each of the herbs which also features:

Herb history, magic, and folklore
Natural herbal remedies (135 in all)
Culinary uses of herbs, with nearly 100 recipes for delicious drinks and flavorful foods
Aromatic, cosmetic, and ornamental uses for each herb

The book also reveals how to make your own herbal teas, decoctions, infusions, tinctures, and herbal oils and vinegars. If you can't find seeds for the herbs, you will learn how to grow herbs from root cuttings. You'll also learn how to create magical herbal sachets and potpourri.

Whether you want to grow herbs for their medicinal qualities, their assistance with magic, or their flavorful addition to food, The Green Guide to Herb Gardening will start you on your way to becoming a successful herbalist. Get this book and get gardening.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Basil, chives, garlic, oregano, and parsley are among the 10 most popular herbs that Harding features in her guide; they are popular because they are easy to grow, she says. Harding describes what they look like and explains their history, magical properties and folklore, propagation, and growing methods, along with harvest and storage techniques, and the herbs' uses (culinary, remedies, aromatic, cosmetic, ornamental, and more). The author begins with a chapter on propagation, preparations, and preservation, offering basic information on the different growing methods (such as seeds, division, and layering), on how to use herbs in infusions or tea, and on how to save herbs by freezing or drying. This handy guide contains 95 recipes, everything from mint julep and mint jelly to oregano cheese bread and parsley dumplings. --George Cohen

Library Journal Review

Many herb books are encyclopedic, covering dozens, if not hundreds, of varieties but not providing much depth. Such works have their place but can be confusing to beginners and sometimes don't provide enough information to those wishing to grow and study the most common varieties of herbs. Harding, who publishes the Pryme Thyme online newsletter, has written an outstanding guide that provides extensive information about ten of the most popular herbs--basil, calendula, chamomile, chives, garlic, lemon balm, mint, oregano, parsley, and thyme. Each herb gets its own chapter, which provides information about the herb's history and folklore; gives growing, harvesting, and storage instructions; and suggests culinary, medicinal, cosmetic, and ornamental uses. Harding's information on propagation and preparation after harvest (infusions, tisanes, decoctions, tinctures, elixirs, and poultices) is excellent, and his well-written recipes and instructions should prove helpful to both beginners and enthusiasts. Recommended for all public libraries.--Jonathan N. Hershey, Akron-Summit Cty. P.L., Akron, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Dedicationp. vi
Introductionp. vii
1 Propagation, Preparation, and Preservationp. 1
2 A Word on the Magic Uses of Herbsp. 11
3 Basil, the King's Herbp. 17
4 Calendula, the Consort of the Sunp. 35
5 Chamomile, the Gentle Doctorp. 45
6 Chives, a Taste from the Orientp. 55
7 Garlic, an Ally in the Fight Against Illnessp. 63
8 Lemon Balm, Stepchild of the Lemonp. 83
9 Mint, the Hospitable Companionp. 95
10 Oregano, Joy of the Mountainsp. 117
11 Parsley, More Than Just a Garnishp. 129
12 Thyme, the Purifying Healerp. 143
13 Herbal Vinegarsp. 155
Conclusionp. 167
Glossaryp. 169
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 175