The Ultimate Book of Herbs & Herb Gardening

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9781859679104: The Ultimate Book of Herbs & Herb Gardening

This exciting guide to herbs shows how to plant the perfect herb garden and use herbs in countless ways.

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Herbs have been highly regarded by different cultures, both ancient and modern, as a valuable part of daily life. Appealing to all senses, they are prized for their range of scents, medicinal properties and remarkable seasoning qualities. The Ultimate Book of Herbs and Herb Gardening explains herbal history and how the western tradition of herb gardens began. Themed gardens, such as a medieval garden, a Shakespeare garden, and a potpourri herb garden, are described with planting plans and plant lists so you can create your own aesthetically pleasing style of herb garden.

Invaluable information on how to choose your herbs to suit your location is given, with practical advice on laying out the garden and creating decorative features, with step-by-step sequences as well as useful gardening techniques. Harvesting, storing and the myriad uses of herbs are clearly explained with recipes for flavoured oils, vinegars, teas, poultices and other therapeutic concoctions.

The botanical A-Z directory of herbs covers over 250 individually photographed herbs with plant descriptions. Essential information on habitat, cultivation and the parts of the herb used for their culinary, fragrant or medicinal properties is given.

An inspirational, but practical book on herbs and herb gardening, this is the ultimate reference manual to growing, using and identifying herbs successfully.

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-- A comprehensive, botanical A-Z directory of herbs for easy plant identification
-- Full descriptions and information on history, habitat and cultivation, related species and uses of the herbs with many detailed features on major herbs
-- How to design and plan various styles of herb gardens with examples, planting lists and plans
-- Herbal history -- the origins of herbs and their medicinal and culinary properties
-- How to plant up your herb garden, including step-by-step instructions on how to make knot gardens, herb wheels and raised beds
-- Practical advice on all aspects of growing herbs, from propagation, planting, training, care and maintenance and harvesting
-- Over 700 glorious full-colour photographs

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