Synopses & Reviews
Which herbs grow best in a cool and shady spots? When is the proper time to prune lavender plants? What are the important factors to consider when designing a decorative herb garden? How often should rosemary plants be watered? Which herbs are the easiest to start indoors from seed?
You have questions, The Herb Gardener has answers. With this full-color, heavily illustrated herbal reference, botanist and author Susan McClure will make you a master at growing herbs in all kinds of situations, from a few indoor containers to a large, decorative garden.
Every conceivable aspect of herb growing is covered in precise detail, including choosing a garden location, creating a garden theme and design, evaluating and improving your soil, companion planting, propagation, pruning, and trouble-shooting.
"This book will help you cultivate the green thumb you never realized you had." -- New York Daily News
"A wonderful, advice-filled resource for experienced as well as beginning herb growers." -- Chattanooga Free Press
"This the most complete, easy-to-use guide to growing and using herbs at home. Where to plant, what to plant, when to plant, how to plant -- well, you get the idea. This great book has it all." -- Globe-Times (Amarillo, Texas)
"The Herb Gardener will appeal to anyone who has ever considered growing herbs....Regardless of your level of interest, from herb gardening in containers to the larger garden, McClure offers practical information." -- Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin
"The Herb Gardener is packed with information (recipes, even), written in a way that makes it useful for beginning and experienced gardeners." -- Akron Beacon-Journal
"Herbs? Those crumbly things in the spice rack jars, right? If this is all you know of herbs, take a look at The Herb Gardener, a book that details the aesthetic possibilities of sowing, growing and cooking with herbs." -- San Francisco Chronicle
Virtually everything you ever wanted to know about the culture of herbs can be found in The Herb Gardener....If you haven't discovered the joy of growing herbs, you will by the time you finish this book." -- The Plain Dealer
"The Herb Gardener is going to take its place beside a very few of my favorite herb books. It does everything I like a good herb book to do." -- Pine Bluff (Ark.) Commercial
This very popular book provides complete instructions on every conceivable aspect of herbs in the home and garden. A Selection of the Garden Book Club.
Whether you keep a few potted herbs on an apartment windowsill or tend a large outdoor garden, this easy-to-use guide is filled with proven techniques that will help you keep your plants thriving. Susan McClure covers every aspect of herb cultivation, including garden design, propagation, enriching soil, pruning, and harvesting. With clear instructions, helpful illustrations, and in-depth profiles of 75 popular herbs, you ll be inspired to experiment with new varieties as you grow an abundant and fragrant herb garden.
This very popular book is now available in hardcover and paperback! McClure provides complete instructions on every conceivable aspect of herbs in the home and garden.
This book will be the mainstay of all herb gardeners...the herb gardener's 'Bible'...comprehensive, concise, extremely well organized and timeless.
-- Jamie H. Borrow, ex-President, Herb Society of America
"Anyone interested in growing herbs should have this enormously informative book in their library."
-- Emelie Tolley, author of Gardening with Herbs
"This gem is loaded with pointed illustrations and practical information."
-- Publisher's Weekly
"Skillful blend of the methodical and the creative."
-- The Herb Quarterly
"One of the most solid books about herbs published in the past several years."
-- The Herb Companion
The Herb Gardener features how to:
-- Site your herb garden
-- Design formal and informal herb gardens
-- Plant and care for more than 75 herbs
-- Control diseases and pests safely
-- Harvest and preserve herbs for cooking and crafts
About the Author
Susan McClure is the author of Smith and Hawken: Seeds and Propagation. Her other books include The Herb Gardener, The Harvest Gardener, and The Gourmet Gardener.
Table of Contents
1 - What Is an Herb?
2 - Herbs and Their Native Habitats
Herb Gardening Basics
3 - Introduction to Herbs
4 - Before You Plant
5 - Designing Your Herb Garden
Seasons in the Herb Garden
6 - Spring in the Herb Garden
7 - Summer in the Herb Garden
8 - Fall in the Herb Garden
9 - Herb Gardening in Winter
Herb Projects for Every Season
10 - Growing Herbs in Containers
11 - Recipes and Crafts
A Grower's Guide
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