Southern Herb Growing

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Shearer Pub., 1987 - Gardening - 196 pages
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The Art of herb growing is enjoying a renaissance in this country, as more and more people are rediscovering the sensory pleasures and tangible rewards of the ancient plants we call herbs. Growers in the American South, where herb gardening can be a sometimes frustrating experience, want to know more about selecting and tending plants in the hot, humid conditions of their region. The varietal lists and cultural information emanating from England or the northeastern United States do not work for the Southern grower. English lavender and French tarragon, for instance, often languish in warm, wet conditions, and instructions that dictate planting parsley in spring in full sun will result in dead plants by August in most Southern areas. It was more than thirty years ago that Madalene Hill and her late husband, Jim, established the Hilltop Herb Farm near Cleveland-a southeast Texas area with growing conditions much like those of most of the South. Their energy and skill, both in growing and cooking with herbs, attracted a strong following in a day when herbs were thought to be strange little plants revered only by a few.

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User Review  - louparris - LibraryThing

Madelene Hill is the absolute dean of herb gardening in Texas. She and her husband Jim used to have Hilltop Herb farm, where I was fortunate enough to take some meals. It was destroyed in a tornado ... Read full review

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User Review  - AbbyR - LibraryThing

This is the best herb book I own, and it is specific to southern herb growing. It's an excellent reference for caring for and using herbs in a climate where they may or may not be too happy. Great recipes, beautiful photographs and excellent guide for growing herbs in this region. Read full review


Why Grow Herbs?
Getting Started
Multiplying Dividing
A Growing Guide
Southern Herb Selection Guide
Condiments Sauces Dressings
Main Courses

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About the author (1987)

Barclay is Director of Food Service at The International-Festival Institute in Round Top.

Hardy is a freelance editor, writer and photographer.

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