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Gardening with medicinal plants is growing in popularity, and the market for botanical medicines continues to increase. Hartung offers instructions on planning and designing a garden, and she includes a chart giving basic information on 101 herbs: height, spacing, color, water requirements, and soil preferences. A chart listing plant habitat preferences accompanies a chart to help readers plan a theme garden. The author gives instructions on how to maintain healthy soil and propagate a variety of herbs. There is a chapter on garden maintenance, one on pest and disease control, and one on harvesting and drying roots, rhizomes, bulbs, flowers, buds, seeds, and fruit. Hartung explains the art of making such herbal preparations as salves, tinctures, oils, and creams. A chapter on cooking with medicinal herbs contains 16 recipes. There also is a 66-page list of herbs, giving their personality and blooming traits, heights, and sun and soil requirements, along with care, propagation, and harvesting instructions, and their medicinal benefits and home pharmacy uses also are included.

This book should be required reading for anyone seeking a certificate in herbology, and I highly recommend it to anyone seeking a greater

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