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The Ultimate Book of Herbs and Herb Gardening: A Complete Practical Guide to Growing Herbs Successfully Hardcover – Illustrated, 1 Apr 1999

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Lorenz Books; illustrated edition edition (1 April 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859679102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859679104
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 2.5 x 30.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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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 --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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This is a no expense spared definitive book on Herbs. Every page features high quality photographs printed on gloss paper. It makes a vast subject simple to read and easy to understand - each herb is described comprehensively giving its attributes, preferences and its English and Latin names. I could take this book and design, source and plant anything from ornamental parks to ornamental pots. In my book this is worth ten out of ten!
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This is a fantastic book, it not only tells you how to grow herbs, but what herbs are harmful if eaten or cause iritation to the skin. Gives recipts for beauty eg skin care shampoo products. Also which herbs can be used for cooking. The book has some wonderful photographs of the herbs. Lots of ideas of what to grow herbs in. How to make a knot garden, and lots of other things as well.
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Very detailed a-z of herbs however this information given isn't alway in a consistent format. A lot of pages dedicated to garden design if that is what you are interested in. Unfortunately this is not what I was looking for. I would have liked more information on season to season.
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Obtained this book to get an insight into the planting of herbs in the garden. it was filled with wonderful ideas and these I put into practise and came up with an excellent end result.
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Fantastic book. Extremely interesting and great reference book. Lots of full colour photos which help you to distinguish the herbs. It has been very useful already.
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