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A wealth of useful information beautifully illustrated
on 6 January 2003
I received this book as a Christmas present and it's made me really look forward to Spring so I can try out some of the techniques and grow a great variety of herbs to use in cooking and around the home. The book is clearly writen and has great tips for the first time gardener as well as those who are more experienced growers. I found the practical details particularly useful as you are given lots of general information in the first part of the book, about growing techniques and good organic gardening practice. The book also has useful 'at a glance' tables, showing which herbs you can grow from seed, and which are grown from cuttings or divided, as well as tips on harvesting and using herbs for anything from vinegars to flea repellants for pets and for beauty treatments. I particularly liked the idea of a herbal first aid kit as an addition to the medicine cabinet.
The book then has detailed pages on 100 herbs, some of which I hadn't previously thought of as herbs, giving simple growing and maintenance instructions as well as uses for each plant. All the pages are illustrated with beautiful photographs making it the perfect handbook for anyone interested in growing herbs for their culinary or medicinal, or many other uses, or simply because many are very attractive plants to have in the garden. It is a book I'm sure I'll return to time and time again throughout the season.