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Herb Gardening from the Ground up: Everything You Need to Know about Growing Your Favorite Herbs


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Garden-fresh herbs impart flavor and fragrance that dried, packaged products simply can’t. Now, anyone with access to a few square yards of soil (or even a sunny patio or windowsill) can enjoy the punch and pungency that only come from fresh herbs, hand-picked from the garden.Herb Gardening from the Ground Updemonstrates how to design, seed, and nurture 38 culinary herb gardens that are delightful to the eye as well the palate.

Designed to supply herbs for a wide range of flavors as well as a pleasing balance of colors, there are gardens to suit every taste and cooking trend, including a French chef’s repertoire, an Italian trattoria’s menu, the aromatic seasonings of Asia, the closer-to-home flavors of American barbecue, and the piquant profiles for a Tex-Mex feast. There are herbs for flavoring fish and game, soups and salads, bread and other baked goods, and, for the mixologists among us, even herbs for the home cocktail bar.

Herb Gardening from the Ground Upoffers historical insight, provides starting-from-scratch, season-to-season basics for planting in the present, and looks forward to the bright future of urban and suburban growing trends.

About the Author

SAL GILBERTIEis the third generation owner/proprietor of Gilbertie’s Herb Gardens located in Westport, Connecticut. Established in 1922, Gilbertie’s is the largest herb grower and supplier in the United States today. Sal Gilbertie has been at the forefront of the organic vegetable gardening movement for more than 40 years. A highly respected and entertaining instructor, he was voted the 2011 Connecticut Organic Farmer of the Year.

LARRY SHEEHAN’s long list of writing credits include newspapers, magazines, television documentaries, and dozens of books including the best-sellingLiving with DogsandThe Sporting Life.

Table of Contents

I. Herbs Are for Everyone [1]

Herbs: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow10

Stalking the Elusive Pink Hyssop19

Four Facts of Herb Life26

II.Building the First Garden [33]

Starting from Scratch 41

What You’ll Need to Start Herbs from Seed Indoors43

Cluster Sowing Indoors48

Spot Sowing Indoors52

Cluster and Row Sowing Outdoors55

Making Divisions of Spreading Perennials58

Taking Cuttings of Single-Stemmed Perennials62

Take Your Choice: Herbs for All Seasons and Reasons67

Maintaining the First Garden76

Harvesting and Storing Herbs81

Steps to Take for the Second Spring86

Bringing Herb Plants Indoors90

III.Herb Garden Plans [95]

How to Use the Plans97

Culinary Garden: Year One 100

Culinary Garden: Year Two 102

Culinary Garden: Year Three104

Trattoria Garden 106

Taste of Asia Garden 108

Tex-Mex Garden 110

French Chef Garden 112

Annual Garden114

Perennial Garden116

Mint Garden118

Sage Garden120

Thyme Garden122

Basil Garden124

Allium Garden126

Salad Garden128

Tea Garden130

Soup Garden132

Bread Garden134

Breakfast Garden136

Fish & Game Garden138

Cake & Cookie Garden140

Home Bar Garden142

Potpourri Garden144

Pest Repellent Garden146

Honeybee Garden148

Medicinal Herb Garden150

Dyer’s Garden152

Colonial Garden154

Scented Geranium Garden156

White-Flowering Herb Garden 159

Yellow- & Orange-Flowering Herb Garden162

Pink- & Red-Flowering Herb Garden164

Blue- & Purple-Flowering Herb Garden166

Silver Garden168

Christmas Wreath Garden170

Shady Garden172

Cottage Garden174

Free-Form Cottage Garden176

Container Herb Gardens178

IV. Herb Culture Guide [183]

How to Use the Culture Guide 185

Harvesting & Storing the 15 Basic Herbs230

Start from Scratch Schedule236


Index 241

Product Details

Everything You Need to Know about Growing Your Favorite Herbs
Ten Speed Press
Sheehan, Larry
Gilbertie, Sal
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