Gardening from the couch: What Can I Do With My Herbs?
Garden books come in a couple of different varieties.
Coffee table books filled with pictures of beautiful gardens that you will never have.
Inspirational books filled with garden thoughts and sentiments you never have.
And truly useful books.
Judy Barrett's What Can I Do With My Herbs is one of the truly useful garden books. Like it's title, is direct and uncomplicated.
The author introduces us to 40 herbs, from artemisia to vetiver grass with lovely drawings. Then, in text with helpful subheads, she describes not only how to grow it, eat it and cook with it, but what creatures the herb will attract and deter, plus its medicinal and decorative uses.
Barrett also offers warnings for herbs that are dangerous if eaten, such as tansy. And she tells which herbs are good for your pores when steamed and what herbs are good for controlling erosion.
A truly useful book.
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