This is a directory of varieties and how to cultivate them successfully. It is an illustrated gardener's guide to the different varieties of herbs, their history and cooking uses. It offers step-by-step instructions for planting herbs outdoors and indoors, growing from seed, taking cuttings, harvesting, drying and storing. It offers practical advice on cultivating basil, bay, caraway, chervil, dill, fennel, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory and thyme. It includes helpful hints on how to avoid common pests and diseases, and what to do when problems occur. Growing your own herbs is immensely rewarding, providing fresh materials for use in recipes and home remedies, as well as creating attractive and fragrant areas in the garden. All the main types of herbs are described and illustrated in this beautiful handbook. There is step-by-step advice on planting outdoors and indoors, growing in containers, growing from seed, taking cuttings, dividing plants, and harvesting and storing. The book shows how to maintain and care for each type of herb, including when and where to plant them, and how to keep them in tip-top condition.It is a must for any gardener who wants to grow these wonderfully aromatic plants.
Richard Bird is a full-time author on gardens and plants, and has written nearly 30 books on kitchen gardening, fruit trees, vegetable gardens, topiary and pruning. He has also been magazine editor for Focus on Plants, The Hardy Plant and Alpine Gardening.