Written by a horticulturist GRETA'S HERBS shares the knowledge gathered from 20 years experience growing herbs on the Dingle Peninsula. Designed beautifully this 160 page, neatly-sized, A5 landscape book is full colour throughout, thread sewn with a laminated cover making it durable and very user friendly. Captivating photography reveals the beauty of herbs and demonstrates step-by-step procedures such as seed sowing and potting up.
Culinary herbs are in high demand. Less known varieties such as winter savory and orange thyme add unique flavours to food and help create original recipes. Edible flowers add artistic flair to food presentation. Herbs are multi-purpose; medicinal and cosmetic varieties blend in beautifully with both the ornamental and the kitchen garden, attracting bees and providing cut flowers. Many varieties such as fennel reseed prolifically and compliment wild gardens such as mine. Herbs are aesthetic, fragrant and functional and even if they are never used will enhance any garden. Many make charming container plants.
'Herbs create a peaceful ambience: I have always found it mood enhancing to garden amongst them especially on balmy, summer days when their fragrance is at its richest. It is then I feel most at ease in my world'.
This is not a complicated textbook: it is my story as a herb grower. It will be of great interest to all those searching for practical information on how to grow and extend their herb collection. It shares plenty of tips on harvesting and using these versatile plants. I hope it encourages and assists you to grow and enjoy herbs no matter where you live!
Rob Beighton is a poetic, wilderness photographer who has traveled the world from his roots in Ireland. A former Leica sponsored lecturer he has written and illustrated a number of acclaimed photographic books including Ireland's Highest Places and Best walks in Ireland . His beautiful art card collections, The Nest and the Moon and Colours of Ireland portray powerful images of nature.
Mary Guinan is a graphic designer based in Dublin. She has designed books for Waltons Music Publishing, Irish Runner Publishing, Sliabh Ban Publishing, Lilliput Press and Ballpoint Press.
I completed writing GRETA’S HERBS in January 2015 after several years. Two publishers showed interest but the first wanted me to get sponsorship (which proved impossible) while the second deal fell through at the last minute due to cut backs at that house. Crowd funding has now become part of this exciting but challenging publishing journey! Mary Guinan and Rob Beighton have given generously of their time and talent.
We are hopeful you will help us reach our final goal to raise €3,300 for printing costs and get this book printed for early Spring 2017 by simply signing in and hitting fundit. Every little bit helps. A massive thank you!