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Grow, care for, preserve, and use healthful herbs
Starting an herb garden outweighs the costs of buying retail herbs. Plus, adding homegrown ingredients to your meals is a healthy and tasty way to improve any dish you make at home. This friendly, hands-on guide gives you tips and advice on how to grow a thriving herb garden that will add depth and flavor to home-cooked meals — as well as boost your health.
Herbs 101 — get the 4-1-1 on the basics of growing herbs and the botany principles that'll help them thrive
Know before you grow — make a garden plan based on your unique growing conditions and herb preferences
Get down to the nitty-gritty — discover how to plant your seeds indoors, when to move them outdoors, and how to care for and maintain them as they grow
Reap what you sow — find out how to harvest and preserve your herbs and get yummy recipes to use them in your culinary concoctions
Open the book and find:
How to grow herbs in gardens, containers, and on windowsills
Culinary herbs, medicinal herbs, and herbs for health and beauty
Experts tips on what to grow
Design basics for herb gardens
The lowdown on soil
Guidance on how to choose seeds
How to cut and dry herbs
An encyclopedia of herbs
A plain-English guide to the world of herb gardening
Starting an herb garden isn't free, but it certainly outweighs the growing costs of buying retail herbs. Plus, adding homegrown ingredients to your meals is a healthy and tasty way to improve upon any dish you whip up at home.
This friendly, hands-on guide is an excellent introduction to the world of herb gardening. It gives you tips and advice to grow a thriving herb garden that will add depth and flavor to home-cooked meals-as well as boost your health.
- How to choose, plant, and care for herbs
- Covers ready-made versus homemade soil mixes, starting plants from seeds, and other fundamentals
- How to prevent insects, pests, and diseases from invading your containers
- Over 30 herb recipes for everyday uses, including rubs, marinades, beauty products, and more
Whether you're interested in getting step-by-step instructions for starting on your first herb garden or already have one and want to learn new tips and techniques, Herb Gardening For Dummies, 2nd Edition has you covered!
About the Author
is an editor with the National Gardening Association.
The National Gardening Association is the leading garden-basededucational nonprofit organization in the United States, providingresources at www. garden.org and www.kidsgardening.org.
Table of Contents
Part I: Herb Basics.
Chapter 1: Why Grow Herbs?
Chapter 2: Herbs.
Part II: Deciding How and What to Grow.
Chapter 3: Getting to Know Your Home Ground.
Chapter 4: Designing Your Herb Garden.
Chapter 5: Herb Garden Plans.
Chapter 6: Herbs in Containers, Indoors and Out.
Part III: Getting Down to Earth.
Chapter 7: There's No Place Like Loam: Preparing Your Soil for Planting.
Chapter 8: It's Time to Plant.
Chapter 9: Everyday Care and Feeding.
Chapter 10: Managing Pests in Your Herb Garden.
Part IV: Cut and Dried: Handling the Herbal Bounty.
Chapter 11: Harvesting and Preserving.
Chapter 12: Culinary Concoctions.
Chapter 13: Herbs for Healing and Soothing.
Chapter 14: Herbs for Beauty.
Chapter 15: Herbs for Hearth and Home.
Part V: The Part of Tens.
Chapter 16: Ten Gifts to Make from Herbs You Grow.
Chapter 17: Ten Lists of Herbs for Different Uses and Garden Situations.
Appendix: An Encyclopedia of Herbs.