Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden by Stefani Bittner

By Stefani Bittner

A superbly photographed, gift-worthy advisor to becoming, harvesting, and using 47 unexpected backyard vegetation to make natural pantry staples, fragrances, flower arrangements, drinks, cocktails, good looks items, bridal presents, and more.

Every garden--not simply vegetable plots--can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal advisor may also help make any backyard more productive and relaxing with quite a few tasks utilizing unforeseen and often common backyard crops, a few of which could already be turning out to be in your backyard.

Discover the astounding usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root right into a common dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and flip apricots right into a facial masks. Crabapple branches can be utilized to create beautiful flower arrangements, oregano vegetation to infuse vinegar, and safe to eat chrysanthemum to enliven a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose vegetation in Harvest, there is usually anything for gardeners to reap from one turning out to be season to the subsequent

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7 m) tall before pruning them to restrict growth. Deciduous and deer resistant, elderberries are considered low-water plants. In the first year of growth, however, they must be well watered to establish strong and shallow roots. Elderberry attracts beneficial insects and other wildlife to the garden. It can grow in full sun to partial shade, though it produces less fruit in the shade. This versatility makes it an excellent shrub for repeating in the landscape. ‘Black Lace’ is particularly striking, named for its multiple stems that bear deeply incised, nearly black foliage.

One major principle in organic gardening is the need for beneficial insects and pollinators—and flowers to attract them. The great news is that the flowers we love to bring indoors to fill our vases and garnish our salads are the same flowers that pollinators and beneficial insects love, too. All of the flowers included in this book are edible, but feel free to fill your gardens with nonedible flowering plants as well. They create fantastic cut flowers and contribute to a beautiful landscape. The ability to grow food throughout your landscape is one of the most exciting realizations a gardener can make.

Create three bundles of herbs using four stems each of the feverfew and mint, and two stems of rosemary. Wrap a small piece of kitchen twine several times around the stems at the base of each bundle and tie to secure. Leave 3 inches (8 cm) or more free to use to attach the bundle to the hanging twine (the longer piece you cut). Attach the three herbal bundles to the hanging twine, spacing them about 4 inches (10 cm) apart. This will enable air to circulate around the bundles so they dry completely and don’t mold.

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