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Herb Gardening For Dummies Paperback – November 23, 2010
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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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I grow vegetables and surprised my wife with this book. She loves it. It was ordered as a used book but it was like brand new.Published 15 months ago by Jay Hancock
Seriously easy reading that answers so many questions and makes learning about this type of gardening easy and fun.Published 18 months ago by Pennye E Parker
Purchased as a gift for someone. I don't know if it was put to use yet.Published 22 months ago by Phil from Philly
Great book and it was in great condition. I'm a beginner and I am really liking this book so far!Published on May 4, 2014 by inocntdvl
Growing up as a country girl, so I made mud pies as a child, so gardening gives a grown woman a good and delicious reason to continue playing in the dirt and making mud pies.Published on May 3, 2014 by Amazon Customer
It's a busy book! Lots to take in -- I'm still wading through it, reading not from front to back but just chapters or sections of interest. Read morePublished on February 21, 2014 by Janet Dyess
This book provided valuable information for a superb introduction to the world of herbs and their multiple uses from medicinal, cooking, and decoration.Published on December 23, 2013 by Patricia A. Sowers
Good book. Even for a dummy like me. Easy to follow and lots of tips and tricks to help your garden flourishPublished on November 20, 2013 by Tmadjeski