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Herbs! Creative Herb Garden Themes and Projects Paperback – April 10, 2011
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Herbs features more than a dozen herb themed gardens, each beautifully illustrated with an easy- to- follow planting and design plan. Add beauty and scent to your garden with a Biblical or Shakespeare herb garden or plant a garden for Pickling, Grilling, Potpourri or Herbal teas. Author Judy Lowe has a garden for anyone interested in herb gardening from kids to adults.
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Long-time garden writer and editor Lowe has crafted a book that is instructive for beginners (even kids) and an inspiration for more advanced gardeners. Readers can learn about garden design, types of herb gardens and how to best use these appealing plants in the landscape. She also profiles approximately 50 herb favorites.
Of course, most good books on the subject will include plant profiles and tips for successful growing. This book, however, takes herb gardening to a new level with its imaginative ideas for creating more than four-dozen theme gardens ranging from Biblical and Medicinal gardens to one showcasing herbs mentioned in the writings of Shakespeare.
Lowe has sprinkled fun ways to use and enjoy herbs throughout the various theme garden chapters. There are even recipes! The Pizza and Grilling gardens are two of my particular favorites.
If you enjoy making herbal teas, bath sachets, potpourri gifts or homemade pickles, there are garden design plans here for you, too. If you'd like to jumpstart your child's interest in cultivating plants, the Peter Rabbit Garden is the perfect place to begin. In short, there is something tasty for everyone in Herbs!
From attracting butterflies to the potential pitfalls of indoor herb gardening, Judy Lowe has written an informative, engaging and beautifully illustrated book both serious gardeners and wannabes will love.
Which herbs are best propagated by cuttings? Judy supplies a list. Which herbs did Shakespeare mention? Which herbs are mentioned in the bible? There are lists.
The book is more than easy to use lists, though. So much more. There is an extensive accounting of herbs and their growing requirements. There are also wonderful little tidbits of information next to the herb photographs. Did you know, "Because the odor of feverfew is said to repel bees, it's usually not planted near plants, such as tomatoes, that need bees for pollination." It's in Herbs! Creative Garden Themes and Projects.
There is a section on fragrance. For those who spend their days indoors and visit their gardens in the evening, there is a piece on mixing night-blooming flowers with your herbal garden. Do you only have a patio or small deck? Check out the herbs suited to growing in containers. One of my favorites is the magical garden listing, A Harry Potter Herb Garden, herbs that might be at home at Hogwarts. Two on the list are fennel to ward off witches and horseradish to ensure prosperity, great fun for children (and adults who want to impress them.)
I have always loved pineapple sage (Salvia elegans) in my flower border. The leaves are luscious to crush as I walk along the patch. It is also a late bloomer, sending up deep scarlet red flower spikes in late fall when there is not much going on in the flower beds.Read more ›
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Attempting to grow fresh herbs indoors and this book is full of information and helpful guidelines. Would recommend as a good resource.Published on July 25, 2013 by Patricia Gorges