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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307886875
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307886873
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,007 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Featured Recipe: Chive Blossom Vinegar

Chive blossoms are a short-term crop that come and go in the spring before you can bat an eyelash. Capturing their mild chive flavor in a good-quality vinegar is the perfect way to enjoy them well past their season.

Katniss's Favorite Lamb Stew

Makes 1 cup

  • 1 cup chive blossoms
  • 1 cup white wine or white Vinegar
  1. Harvest the chive blossoms in the spring just after they open. To prepare the chive blossoms, snip off the stems and gently jostle them in a bowl of cool water to remove all dirt and debris. Pile the wet blossoms into the center of a clean, dry kitchen towel, pull up all of the corners to create a sack, and shake vigorously until the blossoms are dry.
  2. Stuff a clean pint-sized Mason jar with the clean blossoms.
  3. In a small saucepan, gently warm the vinegar over medium-low heat. Do not bring to a boil. Pour the vinegar over the blossoms, making sure to submerge them completely.
  4. Once the liquid has cooled, cover the jar with a lid made of nonreactive material such as glass. Alternatively, protect a metal canning lid by first placing a square of waxed paper between the jar and the lid.
  5. Store in a cool, dark cupboard for a week or two and strain into a second, clean or sterilized jar when the vinegar suits your taste buds.

Variations

Frankly, all herbal vinegars are delicious--experiment with several edible flowers, leaves, and seeds and keep a medley of flavors on hand.


Review

"Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers for Small Spaces is a scrumptious book. Blogger Gayla Trail, author of You Grow Girl and Grow Great Grub, knows what to share and how to show it so that anyone—from beginners to experienced gardeners—will want to dig right in."
- BookPage

More About the Author

Gayla Trail is a writer, photographer, and graphic designer with a background in the Fine Arts, cultural criticism, and ecology. She is the creator of the popular gardening project, YouGrowGirl.com and the author of three books on gardening: You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening, Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces, and "Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces as well as an in-demand gardening personality and spokesperson with a focus on urban gardening, growing food, sustainable living, and community. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in the New York Times; O, the Oprah Magazine; ReadyMade; Domino; Budget Living; and more.

Gayla's love for gardening began with parsley seeds planted in a Styrofoam cup when she was five years old. Inspired by the potato plants her grandmother grew in a bucket on her senior centre's fire escape, Gayla has always gardened in whatever space she had available, including a hot and exposed building rooftop, a community plot, windowsills, shared yard space, fire escapes, a concrete parking pad, stoop steps, and a small urban backyard.

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Beautiful photos and recipes!
Carol Browne
I definately do not have a green thumb, but this book was very easy to follow and very informative.
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I would recommend this book and her others to anyone who is interested in gardening.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Carol E. on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
Gayla Trail's newest book "Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces" is a pleasurable read, especially in the throes of Winter. I'll admit to being drawn to any good gardening book, but this one has a couple points in its favor to push it to the top of your "wish list."

First off, if you love edible flowers like I do, or just want to plant flowers that aren't poisonous to your children or pets, this book has great recommendations. It includes information on what to plant, how the different flowers (& herbs) taste and some recipes for how to use them. Besides all of this- I love that it's written from an American perspective since most books on edible flowers these days seem to come from Britain. Nothing against the Brits, but I want to know what grows well here (and I don't want to have to convert things from Metric.)

The second point in the books' favor relates to her rating system for projects. Approximately the first half of the book covers gardening basics. Chapters 4-7 include a variety of projects which are rated for difficulty. This is a boon to both beginner gardeners and experienced gardeners alike. Start with something simple.

Pictures throughout the book show what the plants should look like at maturity, and I am impressed that each recipe has an accompanying picture as well. Over all, the book is a good investment of your $20. This is not just another gardening book to fill your shelf, it's a beautiful handbook to use again and again.

You can learn more about Gayla Trail, and gardening, at her website: [...]

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. L. Stern on February 20, 2012
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This is a great book; I've been gardening for years and found this to be full of useful information. Great photos really help identify plants! The author is very clear on what parts of each plant is edible, provides a lot of "how to" tips, and includes some fabulous recipes - pesto anyone? Full of ideas on how to choose the right varieties, grow an herb garden practically anywhere, shows you what to look for when you suspect garden pests, and provides harvesting info. Love this book!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joanne of Joanneunleashed website VINE VOICE on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Anyone can begin growing herbs and edible flowers year-round by following the advice found in Easy Growing by Gayla Trail, a book filled with photographs and helpful hints from an experienced and passionate gardener. The book is divided into three sections:

Section One: Growing an Herb Garden. This section provides concise instructions on the basics of growing: preparing pots, soil requirements, growing in the ground, air flow, heat, water, sunlight, drainage, fertilizer, aesthetics, pests, diseases, choosing herbs, keeping weedy plants under control, seasonal maintenance, starting from seed, cloning, growing under lights, extending the season, and preparing for dormancy.

Section Two: The Plants. In this section Trail describes the uses and particular needs of 29 of her most indispensable plant families and some species within that family. For example, under the family moist soil umbellifers, she includes chervil, lovage, and parsley. Each plant description includes a legend indicating the plant's growing requirements and which part of the plant is edible.

Section Three: Keeping Stock: Gather, Preserve, Eat. So what do you do with all those herbs and flowers you've grown? This section discusses using and preserving the bounty and includes several recipes, such as sorrel and potato soup, chive blossom vinegar, and orange rosemary and honey ice cream. Yum!

Easy Growing is a great guide that will help you decide which herbs and edible flowers you want to grow within the space you have available and how to bring them successfully to harvest.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharry Kim on March 25, 2013
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I love Gayla Trail and was first introduced to her by her other book Grow Great Grub, which I absolutely love and use all the time. Granted her book Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces is a book with more specific information on growing it still doesn't top Grow Great Grub. I find that there are more useful information in Grow Great Grub. When I can't find the information I want in Easy Growing I turn to Grow Great Grub or I tend to use both books to get the most info on a certain plant, this tells me that Easy Growing doesn't have ALL the info on edible herbs and flowers. Never the less, it is a great book and if you're ONLY concerned with edible herbs and flowers then I would suggest foregoing Grow Great Grub and purchase Easy Growing instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Violetta on March 28, 2012
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I wasn't familiar with this author's books before acquiring this one, but I now think she is an excellent writer--enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and full of interesting ideas about growing herbs and edible flowers in any space. Gayla Trail has ample experience growing plants in tiny spaces, and she often gives advice that makes readers want to try, even if they haven't done much gardening before. There's a lot of detail here too for the more experienced gardener, and even some projects that children would enjoy, such as growing lemon grass from a grocery-store starter, or growing ginger from an organic bulb. I love the recipes in this book, which are really imaginative too. One of the suggestions is making Bloody Mary mix from late-season tomatoes. I never thought of that!

This book would make an outstanding gift to anyone, whether they garden or not. It's inspiring for all levels and would appeal in particular to readers under 30, because the author has a youthful style and appeal herself. That's not to say it won't appeal to older readers--it certainly does--but gardening books with a youthful spin are hard to find when you're looking for a gift. For even more detail and for expert advice on herbs and edible flowers, check out Lois Hole's "Herbs and Edible Flowers" too. It's also a great book.
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