Occasionally I binge – at the library, that is. Do you ever just walk down the gardening or homesteading section and lose your mind, pulling nearly every book from the shelf, convinced you’re going to read every single one?! Well, I do that…but I could stop at any time. I mean, its not like I’m actually addicted to books. Right?
Anyhoo, this little gem came to me via one of those episodes. I love herbs and am pretty much content to read any book that covers them and this one didn’t disappoint. Since we just installed a medicinal herb garden this past year, I really enjoyed seeing all these possibilities and they’ll be very helpful as we flesh out the garden design in the next few years.
Here are some of Herbal Tea Gardens highlights:
- Its not too long – would make a great bathroom book. What does that say about me that I include that in my criteria of a good book?
- It gives a history of tea, it’s definition and how to brew a really good cuppa.
- The content includes a great compendium of herbs used for teas – no, tea is not restricted to the “tea” plant. A tea is a broad herbal preparation with an equally broad range of possibilities!
- The book gives various herb garden design ideas like First Aid gardens, Colds/Flu, Headache, Sleepy Time and more!
- There are also suggested designs for certain micro climates in your area and to suit the various cultural requirements of the plants.
- Of course, you’ll be so inspired at this point that you will naturally need to know how to install and maintain one of the awesome designs…no worries! There’s a whole section on that very thing.
- If you’re going to stock you garden, unless you’re a millionaire, you’re going to need to know how to propagate your own plants so there’s information on growing from seed, taking cuttings and even layering.
- The information on harvesting, drying and storing is also really helpful.
- Probably the best part of the book is the reference chart at the back with a whole bunch of information compiled for you to study all at once. Included on the chart (which is several pages long) is info on plant type, height, soil and light requirements, propagation methods and parts used for teas.
- There’s also a list of references that include seed and plant companies as well as other Storey books on this subject.
If you like herbal tea (or medicinal herbs) this is a great book – succinct, complete and appealing. Even though I own several herb books, I may still buy this one because I liked its layout and content. I’m usually a stickler for good graphics and these ones had nice drawings but, in a plant book, I really do like some good photos. Aside from that, this book gets four stars!
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