Are you already starting to think about your garden? We are preparing to start some of our seeds indoors and plan what we want to grow this year in our garden. Not only that, but we are expanding our garden inside and out, hoping to have more herbs and spices for cooking. Unfortunately, while many of my vegetables turned out lovely, very few of my herbs and spices made it last year. While part of it was crazy weather (and 2020), I wanted to do more research this year in hopes of a successful harvest. Luckily, to make my research a bit easier, I was approached to review a brand new book that seemed perfect for growing my spices – Grow Your Own Spices: Harvest Homegrown Ginger, Turmeric, Saffron, Wasabi, Vanilla, Cardamom, and Other Incredible Spices – No Matter Where You Live! By Tasha Greer. After seeing information on this book, I couldn’t wait to start reading!
Grow Your Own Spices: What Is It
Looking for a new book to teach you how to grow and harvest your own spices? If so, we think you will love Grow Your Own Spices by Tasha Greer. Here is what the publisher had to say about this new gardening book:
In Grow Your Own Spices, author and spice-growing gardener Tasha Greer hands you everything you need to know to grow a thriving spice garden, with practical tips and in-depth advice on cultivating over 30 different spices.
Unlike herbs, which consist of the green leaves of certain plants, spices come from the seeds, roots, bark, or berries of plants, which means growing, harvesting, and preparing spices is a lot more nuanced than growing leafy herbs. Start with easy-to-grow seed spices first, such as sesame seeds, fennel, and cumin, then graduate to more challenging spice varieties, such as star anise, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
Spices not only offer culinary flare, there’s also increasing evidence of their ability to fight inflammation and reduce various health risks. Medical usage tips from expert herbalist Lindsey Feldpausch are found throughout the book and offer well-researched advice on how to use homegrown spices to improve your well-being.
Regardless of whether you’re using spices as a health-boosting supplement or simply to power-up the flavor of your meals, purchasing spices is an expensive proposition. Why pay all that money when you can grow your own organic spices with the easy-to-follow advice found here?
In the pages of Grow Your Own Spices, you’ll learn:
How to cultivate your own saffron, the world’s most expensive spice
The best way to tend tropical spices, like ginger, turmeric, and cardamom, even if you live in a cold climate
Easy-to-grow spices that are perfect for beginners
The unique way certain spices, such as wasabi, cloves, and cinnamon, are grown and harvested
How to cultivate root spices, including horseradish and chicory
Tips for harvesting your own capers, mustard, sesame seeds, and even paprika
Let Grow Your Own Spices show you how to spice up your garden, your plate, and your health, with your own fresh, homegrown spices!
Grow Your Own Spices: Our Thoughts
As someone who has played with growing her own herbs and spices, I was honestly pretty excited when my copy of Grow Your Own Spices arrived. At first glance, this book is gorgeous, with colorful, detailed pictures of all the plants. Of course, while pictures are essential, the detailed instructions and information about the plants bring everything together. For the size of the book, it fits quite a bit of information, making it a fantastic introduction to growing your own herbs and spices. Overall, I was delighted with this book and considered it great for someone like me to broaden their own selection of homegrown spices in their garden.
Where to Purchase
Want to purchase this book for improving your culinary gardening skills? You can find Grow Your Own Spices on Amazon.com for under $20! Who knew growing your own spices at home could be so easy?
Needing more ideas for your 2021 garden? Make sure to check out reviews on other gardening books here!