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Growing & Using Herbs Successfully (Garden Way Book)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
The propagation and growing instructions are clear and quite useful for the beginner. The author expands on those to growing in quantity for sale to restaurants or to sell potted plants.

One chapter gives ideas (bath perfumes, herb sachets, etc.) for herbal products to market, but readers will need other books to detail making these or else develop their own recipes from trial and error. A final chapter gives Points-To-Remember for building a successful herb business.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 20, 2012
This book contains a lot of good basic information on growing herbs. The sections on propagation and harvesting are especially helpful. The author starts with a list of 32 herbs that she recommends for a basic herb garden, and a second list of 32 more herbs. She does give some basic information for each herb, such as the kind of soil it likes, how tall the plant will be, and so forth. Information like that is necessary for planning a garden. However, although she does group the herbs into categories (e.g. herbs for a butterfly garden, kitchen herbs, herbs for repelling insects, etc), she does not offer any actual sample garden plans. This would be extremely helpful for a beginner, who might be daunted by the prospect of checking which types of herbs like a particular soil type, whether they prefer sun or shade, how much space each one needs, how tall they will be, what colors would look well together, etc. Sample garden plans give the reader confidence and a sense of how it all "comes together."

The author also does not give any explanation for why she chose the first and second groups of 32 herbs. Very minimal information as to their usage is given in each herb's listing (for example, some herbs are described simply as "for flavor in the kitchen" or "for medicinal uses"), making it difficult for a beginner to determine just how essential a given herb is. Depending on whether your interest in herbs is culinary, medicinal, for dyeing, or for other purposes, you might need to consult other sources to decide just what to plant for your needs.

To reiterate, except for a lack of sample garden plans, the information on growing, propagating, and harvesting herbs is outstanding. There are helpful sections on growing herbs for profit and examples of herbal products to sell as well. For usages, as well as for color illustrations, you will need an additional reference.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 22, 2007
I've had my own copy of this book for years and recently purchased another copy for a friend who wants to plant her own herbs. The book describes many herbs, how to plant, harvest and store them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2010
My daughter has been working hard this year on growing herbs. This book was very helpful!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 13, 2013
No complaints! Very simple to understand. Highly recommend this book if you wish to learn how to grow and use herbs in your daily foods.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2011
This book with the other Herb books I have mentioned in my reviews will have everything you need to know about growing, using and saving your herbs, get them all and you will have it all! The seller I bought my book from is great, they ship fast, the book is in better condition than you will expect and they are very helpful with other books you might want in the future as with everyone I have purchased books from.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on March 26, 2012
This was a helpful book for a beginner like me. Step by step on lots of herbs from planting to harvesting. And info on what to use them for.
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I got this book to give as a gift, and found it pretty good, but not outstanding. Info about how to use herbs was a bit sketchy....it indicated which herbs to use for cooking, or tea, or scents, but not HOW to use this one in cooking, etc. Info about growing herbs was fairly general, focused mainly on the number of each type of plant to include to have herbs for your household, or for sale.
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on March 25, 2014
I purchased two copies of this book. One copy arrived in less than perfect condition ( black marks on the cover). Good thing that I bought one for myself and was able to give the perfect copy for a gift as planned.
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on April 6, 2015
This is just a good nuts and bolts book on herbs with practical advice on which herbs are popular and in many cases how to pick and post harvest treatment of the plants.
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