The Complete Herb Book

by Jekka McVicar

ISBN-10: 1554073650
ISBN-13: 9781554073658
Region: British
Publisher: Firefly Books
Publication Date: February, 2008
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About The Complete Herb Book

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The Complete Herb Book is a comprehensive A-Z guide to the fascinating world of herbs, providing practical information on each herb’s organic growing requirements, use, mythical properties and historical background. This new edition is updated and revised to include complete entries for 40 additional herbs.

The A-Z directory features a full double-page spread for each herb, with details that include:

  • Natural habitat
  • Species and related plants
  • Soil properties
  • Watering requirements
  • Weather protection
  • Container growing
  • Strategies to eliminate pests
  • Best harvesting times
  • Culinary, medicinal, cosmetic and other uses
  • Recipes.

The how-to section features step-by-step instructions and best practices for herb gardening. Included are sample plans; month-by-month checklists; drying, freezing and storing guides; tips for making oils, vinegars and preserves; and information on propagation.

The Complete Herb Book is the ideal handbook for growing herbs and provides hours of browsing pleasure for gardeners, cooks and natural-healing practitioners.

Author Information

About Jekka McVicar

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Crowned the ‘Queen of Herbs’ by Jamie Oliver and a Rick Stein’s food hero, Jekka McVicar’s passion for herbs started in early childhood when her mother taught her to make fresh mint sauce.

Jekka first started growing her own organic herbs in a small back garden in Bristol over 25 years ago, and organic herbs have been her life ever since. In 1987 Jekka and her family established Jekka’s Herb Farm, producing herbs for mail order, from its present location in South Gloucestershire.

Jekka has been awarded 62 RHS Gold Medals for her organic herb displays, including 14 at the Chelsea Flower Show.

As well as the day-to-day running of the farm, Jekka is also well-known for her regular appearances on TV and radio gardening and cookery broadcasts.

She is also an enthusiastic writer on herbs, having published five successful books: Jekka’s Complete Herb Book, Good Enough to Eat (reprinted as Cooking With Flowers), Seeds and the New Book of Herbs. Jekka’s Complete Herb Book and Seeds have recently been reprinted in association with the RHS. Jekka’s latest book, Jekka’s Herb Cookbook was published in June 2010.

Jekka is an elected member of the RHS Council, the governing body of the RHS responsible for its strategic direction, and sits on a number of RHS committees.

Jekka is also President of the West of England Herb Society.

Cookbooks by Jekka McVicar

Recipe Index

Recipe index coming soon.