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Growing herbs: cultivating; propagating; harvesting and storing; companion planting; herb garden design. Using herbs: medicinal herbs; culinary herbs; cosmetic herbs; scented herbs; herbs for household use. Herb directory.
Herbs have been grown for centuries from the Apothecary's rose in biblical times to the flowery meads of the Normans, Medieval walled gardens and monastic physic gardens. Today they are enjoying a renaissance, appearing in the most contemporary designs around the world. Amenable to containers, dedicated gardens or intermingled with other flowering plants in the mixed border, their many attributes ensure their popularity: scented foliage, attractive flowers, varied leaf forms, easy cultivation and, even more importantly, their use as pest control when used as companion plants. This attractively illustrated, well laid-out guide to herbs contains everything you need to know in order to grow these garden gems: from selecting healthy plants or growing from seed or cuttings to placement in the garden, cultivation and harvesting. Intermingled with recipes for culinary treats, pot pourri mixes, cosmetic and scented oils and even household cleaners, this is a great all-rounder on the subject and a must for all lovers of these wonderful plants. - Lucy Watson