With tips covering everything from artemisia to vetiver grass, What Can I Do with My Herbs? offers a fun and lively look at forty common herbs and the creative and useful things people do with them. Each herb description includes the plant's history and a list of popular uses, as well as helpful information about how to successfully grow them, how to enjoy them in the garden (watch the swallowtail butterflies and caterpillars that love fennel), or how to use them in the kitchen (substitute the yellow flowers of calendula for saffron). Judy Barrett even shares some of her favorite recipes, including lavender lemonade and thyme cheese rolls.
Barrett also suggests uses for each specific herb outside the kitchen. Readers will learn how to bathe with basil, fight fungus with chamomile, fertilize with comfrey, clean house with rosemary, and much, much more. Gardeners, herbalists, and anyone interested in learning more about herbs will relish this compact and easy-to-understand practical guide to growing and enjoying these versatile plants.
Judy Barrett is the author of What Makes Heirloom Vegetables So Great? (Texas A&M University Press, 2010) and Recipes from and for the Garden (Texas A&M University Press, 2012). The former editor and publisher of the organic gardening magazine Homegrown, she blogs at HomegrownTexas.com and is a frequent speaker at gardening events and conferences. She lives in Taylor, Texas, near Austin.
What Readers Are Saying:
"A convenient, comprehensive, and easy-to-read users' guide to all the herbs you'll want to grow. Barrett tells you what you want to know to make the best use of the plants you love." --Susan Wittig, author of the bestselling China Bayles Herbal Mysteries
"There is much to like about Judy Barrett's What Can I Do with My Herbs? From the title to the final recommendation encouraging greater use of herbs in the landscape, I found it great fun to read and learned a lot. Barrett writes naturally, engagingly, and with ease." --Cheryl Hazeltine, coauthor of The New Central Texas Gardener
" . . . . a practical, approachable, and really useful guide to enjoying your homegrown herbs everyday." --Renee Shepherd, president and owner of Renee's Garden Seed
“Although there are several other more comprehensive herb books available to Texas readers, the forty herbs chosen by Judy Barrett are definitely ones we are capable of growing in Texas. The smaller size and concentrated coverage of Barrett’s book allows the reader to have herb questions answered by a local grower who speaks from experience.” --Cynthia W. Mueller, Department of Extension Horticulture, Texas A&M Unive
"Barrett's conversational, friendly style makes you realize that the 40 herbs she chose are familiar, old friends of hers. She fills this slim volume with good advice on ways to use herbs, despite suggesting that they not be used medicinally. This is Barrett's fourth gardening book. She also edits Homegrown magazine."