Herbal Inspiration

By Susan Littlefield

If you're looking for gorgeous photos and lovely watercolor drawings, along with lots of helpful information to inspire your efforts at herb gardening, look no further than the reissued edition of Herbs: The Complete Gardener's Guide (Firefly Books, 2012, $24.95). Written by Canadian gardener Patrick Lima, the book is a comprehensive guide that covers a wide variety of herbs, including annual and perennial culinary herbs, as well as herbs for teas, fragrance, medicinal applications, decorative use, and garden color.

Lima gives expert advice on planting, fertilizing, and caring for herbs and enlivens this information with interesting notes on the science, folklore, and artistry of herbs. A chapter on cooking with fresh herbs includes such mouth-watering recipes as Bean Dip with Garlic, Cumin, and Cilantro and Iced Herbal Lemonade. There is even a section on gathering wild herbs from woods, fields, and meadows.

All of this is accompanied by the stunning photography and watercolor illustrations of Turid Forsyth, which are enhanced by the large format of the book. Originally published in 2001, this new edition will be a welcome addition to the library of any gardener interested in growing and using herbs.

For more about Herbs: The Complete Gardeners Guide, go to: Firefly Books.

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