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A decent starting place for those new to the fascinating world of herbs, Herb Gardening for Dummies covers everything from garden design (traditional knots to a simple window box) to proper care, feeding, and usage of these versatile plants. The plant encyclopedia is cleverly written, informative, and gives ideas on how to use these little critters once you've harvested them--the authors are considerably more cautious than herbal guides written by professional naturopaths, which can be a good thing for newcomers to the field. Organic methods of pest control and fertilization are emphasized, as these plants are often grown for human consumption. Choosing the right plants for your growing conditions and interest level is important, and there's lots of helpful advice on these topics.

The downside to this book is its lack of pictures. There are lots of line drawings, but they tend to show particular stages of a process, rather than each step. Color photos are limited to one section, and since the photos are separate from the descriptions, they don't add much value to the book. With bullet-point lists, icons for highlighting categories like "ecofriendly" or "time-saving," and simple tables and charts, how-to photos aren't essential. For folks who learn best with straightforward reading, the presentation won't be an issue, but if pictorial aids are what you need for learning, look elsewhere. --Jill Lightner --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Features color photos and an encyclopedia of herbs!

Discover how to:

Understand the different types of herbs

Landscape with herbs

Cultivate herbs indoors and in containers

Harvest and preserve your herbs

Use herbs for cooking, potpourris, and healthful teas! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470617780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470617786
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John Thomas TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2011
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I will admit up front that I am a self confessed Dummie book fan. I own perhaps a dozen of them ranging from bird feeding to weather. I not only find them extremely comprehensive in their particular subject matter, but also they always seem to present their material with a humorous touch thrown in. They are interesting and educational, but also amusing and entertaining as well. This latest of the series that I picked up is no exception. Herb gardening is something of an idea that I have been batting around for some time now. I'm as much into the idea of it for fun and something to do as I am the potential bounty I hopefully will receive. Which I feel I have a lot in common with other folks in that respect as to liking gardening as a hobby. My only problem when it comes to any gardening with me personally is that I have little actual acreage to deal with that can be cultivated. That, and that I also have to admit that I am lazy, and have a nice big deck just begging for a contained herb garden. Although this dummie book devotes an entire chapter to container gardening, it still falls very much short of another book I have that deals specifically with growing herbs in pots. Magee and Stuckeys book which I have enclosed a link too. The dummie book would be my first choice if your intention is to dig and maintain a full fledged ground based herb garden. It's chock full of hints, info, illustrations, step by step guides, you name it as beginning and maintaining your own. And like all dummie books I have read in the past, it begins with their assuming you have never even heard of a herb garden. If you're a little more experienced than that, you can skip a couple of the opening chapters. But I would suggest you read them anyway. Their very informative and entertaining.Read more ›
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Generally not a fan of the "...for Dummies" books because I think that they simplify things too much, but I have to admit that I learned a lot from this book. Every summer I try to grow my own herbs, and sometimes I have success and sometimes I do not. Herbs can be very nutritious when combined in dishes, and for someone like me who likes to cook, I found this book will surely be a good reference when it starts to warm up! This book really helped me to understand why some things that I grow don't succeed while others do. I also really liked the section about where the various herbs come from (didn't know that aloe was part of the onion family). Always love a book that can teach me something new. Pretty decent publication!
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This is a great book for someone planning an herb garden. There are descriptions of herbs, help in planning a garden, soil needs, plant diseases, ways to preserve herbs, info on medicinal herbs and more. I love the Dummies books because they're always well-written and informative and this book is no exception. A lot of fun to read and very helpful.
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This book has many things that most gardening books cover - soil type & preparation, zones & time to plant, and plant care - but it also covers things that I've been looking for and haven't found before picking up this Dummies book.

Chapter 17, Ten Lists of Herbs for Different Uses and Garden Situations shows lists of compatible herbs for different situations (kitchen herbs, container herbs, sunny, dry garden herbs, ornamental garden herbs, sweet tooth herbs, etc. The Appendix, An Encyclopedia of Herbs, however, is my favorite part of the book. The appendix goes through 67 different herbs, introduces you to the herb by giving a little history, planting instructions and suggestions for use. It is a really nice addition to this Dummies book.

There are other good chapters in this book - ranging from harvesting & preserving, herbs for healing, and herbs for culinary concoctions. The book is written in typical Dummies style, which is an easy to read format. The book includes some hand drawings, some information boxes, and a center of 8 pages of color pictures (I didn't find the color pictures a helpful addition to the book). Overall, this is a great herb gardening book and, because of the appendix, is a useful resource for any gardener.
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Herb Gardening for Dummies gives you all the information you need to build your herb garden.

This book has a wealth of information that you need... Along with giving some folklore and myths about various plants, I also appreciated how it:

* Shows how to make your own healing salves, cleansers, hair-care products, flavored oils, ect. (a real $ saver!)
* Includes herb identification, cultivation and preservation
* Provides cautionary advice on which herbs to avoid
* Contains numerous helpful gardening tips that I can use w/ other crops

My only wish is for more diagrams of aspects that may be confusing without visual aid. However, this wasn't a big problem for me.
"Herb Gardening for Dummies" is a surprisingly good book.
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The "Dummies" books are such a lifesaver in that they speak "people talk" and make complex and difficult situations so much easier and I now look forward to planting my garden - thanks!
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Herb Gardening for Dummies provides very useful information for novice gardeners. I have always wanted to start a Herb Garden, but did not exactly know where to begin. This book provide the information needed to get started without making a lot of mistakes and to ensure a very healthy garden. Great as a beginners guide to Herb Gardening.
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