Herbs: The Complete Gardener's Guide


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Author: Lima, Patrick

Edition: 1

Number Of Pages: 224

EAN: 9781552096246

Release Date: 25-04-2012

Languages: English

Item Condition: UsedGood

Binding: Paperback

Details: Product Description When first published, Herbs was extremely well received and set a new standard of excellence for gardening books. Turid Forsyth's photographs and watercolor illustrations capture all the beauty and detail of these fascinating and practical plants, and Patrick Lima's highly entertaining text is chock-full of clear information, helpful advice and wry anecdotes. The book covers: Selecting and growing herbs Soil Perennial kitchen herbs, such as horseradish, oregano, bay leaf and rosemary Annual and biennial kitchen herbs, such as basil, chili peppers and parsley Varieties of thyme Varieties of sage Seeds and sprouts, including anise, caraway, coriander and cumin Alliums, including chives, leeks, onions, garlic and shallots Leafy herbs, such as arugula and watercress Herbs for blending and brewing, such as mint, chamomile and bergamot Fragrant herbs, such as old roses and lavender Gathering wild herbs Special sections outline how to use herbs to add color to flowerbeds and how to propagate, preserve and grow herbs indoors. The book concludes with 16 delicious recipes that make the most of fresh herbs. This beautiful book combines the wisdom of two longtime gardeners, creating a comprehensive reference that any gardener will enjoy and use regularly. From Amazon Herbs: The Complete Gardener's Guide is not just for gardeners. This book will appeal to many readers who use herbs in the intertwining pastimes of cooking, brewing, folk medicine, and home-based crafts. Author Patrick Lima is a lively writer, and his passion for the simple pleasures associated with growing herbs is evident on every page. He describes picking fresh leaves for the kitchen, making a pot of fragrant tea, travelling down memory lane on a whiff of costmary or rue, and tousling the lavender in order to breathe in its calming scent. Herbs is less a quick reference than an excuse to linger over a cup of mint tea while savouring tales of tending herbs at Larkwhistle--the author's rural western Ontario garden--along with anecdotes about his grandmother, neighbours, and friends. "In the fall, we often hang herb bundles from a dowel suspended above the woodstove, where the rising heat crisps them perfectly in three days. A neighbour hangs herbs from the rafters of her unfinished attic. A barn, garden, shed or shady screened porch is also a good drying space." The photographs by Turid Forsyth are superb, and recipes for simple dishes, teas, and potpourris mean the herbal harvest need never go unused. --Carolyn Leitch Review A text to sit back and read enjoyably while comparing qualities of different herbs. ( American Herb Association Quarterly 2002-01-01) A most attractive coffee-table book, this volume is at the same time an excellent reference resource for the herb gardener. (Koraljka Lockhart American Reference Book Annual 2002-01-01) The book is like a colorful, calming stroll through the realm of summer. ( Maclean's 2001-12-10) Comprehensive guide ... lots of practical advice on growing herbs as well as suggestions for medicinal uses, recipes and decorations. ( Globe and Mail 2001-11-24) A must read for cooks who wish to enhance new and favorite recipes with fresh herbs, people interested in natural alternative medicines, craftspeople who turn their hand to scented designs and, of course, gardeners who enjoy tending herbs and are on the lookout for interesting new plants to add colors, scents and foliage to their beds. ( Chesapeake Home 2002-01-01) What a lovely, informative and motivating book this is. (Robert Howard Hamilton Spectator 2001-11-08) Expansive study ... focus[es] on the plants' physical characteristics ... recipes and hundreds of photos enhance this charming book. (Wylie O'Sullivan Publishers Weekly 2001-11-05) Filled with delightful vignettes and essential advice ... lavishly illustrated. ( Paper Clips 2001-09-01) The striking color photographs and detailed watercolors make this a hard book to put down. But as I read through it, I

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