The Medicinal Herb Grower: A Guide for Cultivating Plants That Heal

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Horizon Herbs, Sep 1, 2009 - Gardening - 159 pages
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The book begins with a passage on observation in nature. Following, the chapters communicate necessary steps for gardeners to overcome the "brown thumb complex" and become transformed into a green thumbed steward. Each lesson throughout the book is accompanied by both anecdotal experiences of friends and experiments from the garden at Horizon Herbs. Subjects include creating live soil, composting, and building a greenhouse, shadehouse and tortuga (a raised bed technique designed after the turtle). The book covers the scope of the entire journey from sowing seeds to harvesting plants, while interrelating the natural cycles and seasons. It breaks down these processes into simple steps, and lays the information out in a down to earth way for gardeners of all backgrounds and experiences.

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About the author (2009)

Richo Cech started his professional work as an archaeologist and ethnobotanist in East Africa. Upon his return to the United States in 1978, he began cultivating and saving the seeds of medicinal plants. Over the years, this collection has become the basis for Horizon Herbs, "Sowing seeds worldwide for the benefit of people, plants and the planet." Richo is the author of the widely acclaimed and quoted "Horizon Herbs Growing Guide and Catalog" as well as "Making Plant Medicine" (2000), "Growing At-Risk Medicinal Herbs" (2002), and "The Medicinal Herb Grower" (2009). Richo uses what he calls "natural gardening techniques" to cultivate 1,000 species of medicinal plants at Horizon Herbs Seed Farm in Williams, Oregon. Recently he has botanized in China and Africa, resulting in the introduction of many new and exciting medicinal herb species to gardeners throughout the world.

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