Herbal Houseplants: Grow beautiful herbs – indoors for flavor and fun

  • Post published:05/29/2021
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Herbal Houseplants by Susan Betz

It is always nice  to have a little herb garden by the kitchen door, but I had never thought about caring for Herbal Houseplants  ($24.99 Cool Springs Press) that  would work in the kitchen – and in the living room. Susan Betz has given us a handsome little  book that opens new worlds of the herbs that  will grow indoors, and that will also show us how  to use fragrant herbs like patchouli and lavender, or just have fun  with sea onions.

Herbal Houseplants begins with a Primer offers basic information about caring for herbs indoors. Knowing how much light each herb  will require, the temperature and humidity, soil mixtures, necessary watering and fertilizing. We gardeners always need to consider these basic necessities.

It is thinking about bugs from aphids to whitefly and diseases that make us put on our thinking hats. Susan Betz also reminds us of  the necessary special considerations of bringing herb plants indoors.

Chapter Two provides information for each herb from  chives to thyme. I confess Betz reminded me that chives can be frozen and used three months later. There will also be instructions for certain plants like horehound. Maybe you’d like to make your own cough drops?

Chapter Three is about fun and fragrance. We know lavender is fragrant, and we can use it to make sachets. I did not know that eucalyptus can freshen the air, “filtering out harmful compounds in  the air, making it much healthier to breathe?” Amazing! There is so much to learn about all these herbs and Susan Betz is a gentle and knowledgeable teacher.

Scented leaf geraniums get their own chapter, Chapter Six will give advice about preserving the herbal harvest, and even a couple of recipes like Pesto Cheesecake. These chapters show that

Susan Betz is a member of the International Herb Association and other organization including a life member of the Herb Society of America.

Lemongrass – for use in soaps, perfumes, candles and insect repellents. Also seasons South Asian dishes like curries and soups.

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Beth@PlantPostings

    That looks like a great book! I’ll check it out. Thanks!

  2. Pat

    Beth – It is a good book. Very useful.

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