Easy Growing: Organic Herbs and Edible Flowers from Small Spaces

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Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony, Feb 21, 2012 - Gardening - 208 pages
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Growing a handful of herbs and edible flowers adds sparkle to dozens of meals year-round. Fortunately for us, these plants are not fussy. They’re simple to grow and will fit into any space you can provide, including a crack in a broken patio stone, the step next to your front door, or a windowsill. In Easy Growing, Gayla Trail—author of Grow Great Grub and creator of the top online gardening community, YouGrowGirl.com—shares the tips, ideas, and know-how you need to raise delicious organic edibles wherever you can squeeze in a planter.
 
Herbs give big rewards with a small amount of work—even the most inexperienced, space-strapped gardener will have success. This handbook includes:


   • Guidance on choosing the right plants, designing dazzling in-ground gardens and striking edible containers, and growing herbs indoors year-round
   • Ins and outs of growing fifty different plants and hundreds of varieties, from warm and aromatic Mojito mint to peppery nasturtium flowers, from fruity lemon verbena to exotic cinnamon basil, and more
   • Handy tricks for winterizing plants and extending the outdoor growing period
   • Simple recipes for cooking with and preserving your harvest: Herb-Encrusted Goat Cheese; Homegrown Bloody Mary Mix; Lavender Shortbread; Orange, Rosemary, and Honey Ice Cream
   • Upcycling projects based on reusable materials
 
Perfect for novice gardeners and longtime enthusiasts looking for inspiration, Easy Growing is a fun, power-packed resource for creating a delicious herb garden anywhere.


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Contents

GROWING AN HERB GARDEN
10
The Pleasure of Herbs and Edible Flowers
12
Creating an Herb Garden Anywhere
16
Making It Pretty
28
Growing Care
38
Defending the Plot
50
Making More
62
Future Fresh
74
So Many Herbs So Little Time
84
KEEPING STOCK GATHER PRESERVE
140
Gathering
142
From the Garden to Your Belly
150
Preserving and Storing Herbs
174
Resources
204
Acknowledgments
205
Index
206

THE PLANTS
82

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GAYLA TRAIL is the creator of the hit gardening site and online community YouGrowGirl.com. She is a regular contributor to magazines and frequently speaks on urban gardening, ecology, and community at major garden events. Her work as a writer and photographer has appeared in the New York Times, O, the Oprah Magazine, Newsweek, ReadyMade, Domino, Budget Living, Sierra magazine, Gardening Life, Los Angeles Times, Life magazine, and more. She is the author of Grow Great Grub and You Grow Girl: The Groundbreaking Guide to Gardening.

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