Herb gardening for dummies


Karan Davis Cutler, Kathleen Fisher and National Gardening Association


Foster City, California: IDG Books Worldwide


1st Edition




Herbs, gardening, harvesting, cultivation, plants


A decent starting place for those new to the fascinating world of herbs, Herb Gardening for Dummies covers everything from garden design (traditional knots to a simple window box) to proper care, feeding, and usage of these versatile plants. The plant encyclopedia is cleverly written, informative, and gives ideas on how to use these little critters once you've harvested them--the authors are considerably more cautious than herbal guides written by professional naturopaths, which can be a good thing for newcomers to the field. Organic methods of pest control and fertilization are emphasized, as these plants are often grown for human consumption. Choosing the right plants for your growing conditions and interest level is important, and there's lots of helpful advice on these topics.Herb Gardening For Dummies is your guide to growing a garden that smells and tastes as good as it looks. Whether you're a absolute herb-gardening novice or you're a seasoned veteran, this book helps you understand herbs and create a garden.

  • Uncover the nitty-gritty of how and where herbs grow, how they were used in the past, and how they are used today.
  • Decide which herbs fare best in your climate -- and in your garden -- by looking at growing seasons, soil, and weather patterns.
  • Design your herb garden to fit a theme, personal taste, or your surroundings.
  • Dive into comprehensive descriptions of more than 65 herbs that explain what purpose each is used for and how they are grown.
  • Take note of basic advice and special tricks that help you harvest your herbs, propagate new plants, and prepare your garden for the next season.
  • Harvest your crop, preserve the herbs you've grown, and explore inventive uses for your dried herbs.