If you want to learn about growing herbs outdoors in pots, in raised beds, or in your vegetable garden, this book is for you! Homegrown Herbs is the definitive guide to planting, growing, harvesting, and using 101 popular herbs. A step-by-step primer for gardeners of every level, this book will help you understand herb uses in the kitchen, home pharmacy, crafting, and body care. Saxon Holt brings the information to life with four-color photographs throughout this resource.
Chapter 1: An Introduction to Growing and Using Herbal Plants
Chapter 2: Selecting Plants and Designing Your Garden
Chapter 3: Secrets to Great Soil
Chapter 4: Propagation Methods
Chapter 5: Garden Maintenance
Chapter 6: Pest and Disease Control
Chapter 7: Harvesting From the Garden
Chapter 8: Making Herbal Preparations for Medicine and Personal Care
Chapter 9: Cooking With Herbs
Chapter 10: Herb Personalities
“Tammi is a master gardener with all plants and can coax anything to grow, but first and foremost she loves herbs — those magical healing plants that were used so aptly by our ancestors for health, healing, spiritual, and culinary purposes.” – Rosemary Gladstar, foreword to Homegrown Herbs.
Excerpt from Chapter 2:
Which Plant Where? As you are drawing all of your ideas on graph paper and deciding whether to be growing herbs outdoors in pots, in raised beds, or in your vegetable garden, consider some basic points. Spacing requirements are a common concern. Plant height and flower color are always good to consider, too. I really appreciate knowing if a plant will grow in a clump or if it has a spreading nature.
Spacing Requirements: First of all, how much space should you give each plant. The answer will vary a bit depending on the individual plant you’re working with, but as a general guideline, allow 10 to 12 inches for most plants. Of course there will be some that can be spaced much more closely than that, and certainly some will need more room to mature. Don’t be deceived in the spring when your putting out young plants. Most people forget to allow enough room between the plants and they end up with a garden that looks unpleasantly crowded as the plants come into maturity. The May garden will be different than the July or August garden, and a second-year perennial garden will look a lot less sparse than it did during its first growing season. If you do plant too closely, you can dig up some plants and move them around a bit to provide more growing space; crowded conditions are not usually the end of the world. They do, however, create extra work. As you plan which plants to grow, check the spacing requirements and draw them into your design accordingly.
Plant Height: The next important detail to know is approximately how tall a plant will be at maturity. You don’t want to place short plants behind tall ones. If you set in herbs as front-of-the-border plants and later discover they grow to 3 feet tall and everything planted behind them is only 1 to 2 feet tall, your border becomes a living wall that will screen all that is behind it.
The Color Palette: From Chapter 2
Themed Garden Plans & Instructions: From Chapter 2
Theme gardens are a great way to organize planting.
Propagation Methods: From Chapter 4
Exploring Edible Flowers: From Chapter 9
Recipes Using Dried Herbs: From Chapter 9
With renowned herbalist Tammi Hartung as a guide, readers will discover that growing their own herbs is one of the easiest ways possible to bring more beauty, flavor, and health to everyday life.
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