A Replay of The Essential Herbalist Shares Wisdom
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Sal Gilbertie is a world famous grower of herbs and the third generation owner of Gilbertie’s Herb Garden in Westport, Connecticut, established in 1922.
Sal says that anyone with access to a few square yards of soil (or even a sunny patio) can enjoy fresh herbs, hand-picked from the garden. Sal’s new book, written with co-author Larry Sheehan, Herb Gardening from the Ground Up demonstrates how to design, seed, and nurture 38 culinary herb gardens that are delightful to the eye as well the palate. The book presents plans for all of these different styles from a Tex-Mex garden, to a French Chef planting, to medicinal herbs, a shady garden, container plantings, silver gardens and for the mixologists among us, even herbs for the home cocktail bar.
There is also a pest-repelling garden, which reminds me that Sal is an organic gardener, and with herbs, not using chemical repellants might be easier than in other types of plantings because many herbs are not palatable to insects. (Sal was voted 2011 Connecticut Organic Farmer of the Year.)
Herb Gardening from the Ground Up offers historical information and lore, provides starting-from-scratch, season-to-season basics for planting, and also many insights into propagating hundreds of herbs.