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Growing & Using Herbs Successfully (Garden Way Book) Paperback – January 4, 1981
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"...one of the best and most straightforward works on growing herbs that this reviewer and zealous herb grower has read." -- New York Botanical Garden Magazine
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With homegrown herbs come the promise of flavor, scent, healing, and beauty. Open your garden to the beauty of herbs and the rewards will be manifold.
Herb growers and those who have always wanted to try it will find a wealth of encouragement and sound advice in this well-illustrated book.
Betty Jacobs will tell you in helpful, easy-to-understand language how to get the best results with 64 herbs -- how to grow, harvest, and use them, plus a lot more:
- Starting herbs indoors and outdoors.
- Harvesting and storing herbs.
- Getting the most from your greenhouse and lath house.
- How to sell herbs, both wholesale and retail.
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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.