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Herb Book - My Best Kept Secret Newsletter



HERB BOOK - My Best Kept Secret


One of the favorite books that I’ve written is Herbs for Texas. Curiously it has not sold as well as many of my other books and continues to be our best kept secret. Let's try to change that.

From the book’s introduction: 
"Many herbalists have helped me understand the plants we call herbs. Odena (Brannam) has been the most influential because she has such a good feel for the useful plants and deals with them more from a art form and practical standpoint than a sterile scientific approach. Not that the technical and scientific aspects aren’t important, but for example, science would have taken a long time to come up with the fact that crushed tansy repels fire ants. Odena has taught me to observe and to learn from the plants and to understand that the so-called experts don’t necessarily have all the answers. I don’t either, but with the help of many others, I’ll give you some new ideas to try."
"The pronunciation of the name has for some time been a subject of debate. Is it ‘erb or herb? Some writers and herbalists act like politicians and say that either way is correct. Not only do Odena and I agree on politics, but we also agree strongly that the pronunciation ‘erb is ok if you think cockney slang is appropriate. Otherwise we would suggest that you use the proper pronunciation of the word - herb.”


Like our Texas Organic Vegetable Gardening book, the title is misleading. This herb book is not just helpful for Texas gardeners, but also for folks coast-to-coast and border-to-border. The things that vary across the country are timing (when to do things) and specific varieties of plants to use.


I think a lot of people, especially guys, think that herbs are just for making potpourri, sachets and food seasonings, but herbs are much more than that. My definition of an herb is any plant that has a use other than just looking pretty.


The herb book covers the plants in several ways: 1) the horticultural aspects of selection, planting and management, 2) the landscape uses, 3) the culinary aspects, 4) the medicinal aspects, and 5) other uses.

The book has photos of nearly 150 herbs, along with detailed information on each plant’s characteristics, maintenance requirements and uses.

You can buy Herbs for Texas and all my other books in independent garden centers, hardware stores and bookstores. There is also a special deal on them through that helps raise money for the Texas Organic Research Center.

Join the Organic Club of America today and receive:
  • Personal answers to your gardening questions from Howard and staff
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  • Seminars and videos
  • Sample products and special offers
  • And more

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Naturally yours,

Howard Garrett
The Dirt Doctor


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