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Herb Gardening For Dummies® Herb Gardening For Dummies®
by Karan Davis Cutler, Kathleen Fisher, National Gardening Association
Paperback - 392 pages (February 2000)
Hungry Minds, Inc
ISBN: 0764552007
Dimensions (in inches): 0.98 x 9.24 x 7.35


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A decent starting place for those new to the fascinating world of herbs, Herb Gardening for Dummies covers everything from garden design (traditional knots to a simple window box) to proper care, feeding, and usage of these versatile plants. The plant encyclopedia is cleverly written, informative, and gives ideas on how to use these little critters once you've harvested them--the authors are considerably more cautious than herbal guides written by professional naturopaths, which can be a good thing for newcomers to the field. Organic methods of pest control and fertilization are emphasized, as these plants are often grown for human consumption. Choosing the right plants for your growing conditions and interest level is important, and there's lots of helpful advice on these topics.

The downside to this book is its lack of pictures. There are lots of line drawings, but they tend to show particular stages of a process, rather than each step. Color photos are limited to one section, and since the photos are separate from the descriptions, they don't add much value to the book. With bullet-point lists, icons for highlighting categories like "ecofriendly" or "time-saving," and simple tables and charts, how-to photos aren't essential. For folks who learn best with straightforward reading, the presentation won't be an issue, but if pictorial aids are what you need for learning, look elsewhere. --Jill Lightner


Book Description
Your guide to a garden that smells and tastes as good as it looks! Fresh herbs are the key to great cooking. But many herbs are also attractive plants -- and surprisingly easy to grow. This friendly guide gives you the tools you need to start your very own herb garden. So if you delight in dill, cherish chervil, or go bonkers for basil, this is the book for you. Dig in!

Customer Reviews
Reviewer: John Deushane from Atlanta, Georgia
"Dummies" is bliss. Having recently purchased a home in the city that had a preexisting herb garden was a wonderful extra. What to do, however, if you know nothing about herbs (the 70's notwithstanding)and even less about gardening?

Along comes Herb Gardening For Dummies. Once I learned that dirt under ones nails can actually be sexy (okay, it's the pasta sauce made with fresh crushed basil from your own garden that really scores)the rest is largely downhill...and surprisingly fun.

Written with the same wit and easy to follow guidelines as other Dummy publications, my only complaint is that the book isn't smudgeproof. Dirt washes off hands and knees but isn't nearly as forgiving on the printed page. Fun, helpful read even if I don't decide to follow Oliver Douglas to Hooterville.



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