Sep 152016


Herbs are a great and simple addition to any garden, even this one build for children to explore.  Their various shapes, colors, patterns, textures, and scents all add fun variety without much extra effort.

For those varieties which tend to spread, burying a pot to plant them in often works well.  These pots can either be chosen for their abilities to blend in or stand out.  Imagine if, in the photo above, the post were a bright red or blue.  The burst of color would add visual interest early in the season when the plants may still be on the smaller side.

To help balance out the green of the herbs and attract more insects, various flowers were included in this corner of the garden.  Lest you think herbs have no value in the insect world, you may be surprised to find they actually play a role in helping deter certain pest insects or attracting caterpillars in various stops along the way to becoming a butterfly.  Do not let their homely colors full you into thinking they do not play a major role in the stage that is called your garden.

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Feb 132016

These ebooks are currently $0.00 on Amazon.  Click on the links below each picture to be taken to the page where you can download a digital version of the book.  Before purchasing the books, please double check the price to make sure it has not changed.  Before I had a Kindle I read these on my computer.  If you are wanting to do the same, go here to download the free application.  These are not affiliate links.

Here are 10 free ebooks found on Amazon which I thought looked interesting and informative.  Several of them I got for myself, to read either now or later.  While I often read at home at night, I also like to have a selection of books for when I am in the car, waiting at an appointment, or for quiet times.

The books are grouped by similar topics to help you find something that may interest you.  I hope you find something to enjoy and learn from.


Urban Gardening Guide

Gardening 101: Friendship Gardens


Homesteading The Easy Way Including Prepping And Self Sufficency: 3 Books In 1 Boxed Set

Weekend Homesteader: April

Heirloom Seeds: An Introduction to Organic Heirloom Seeds, Growing Them, and Their Benefits

Foraging: The Complete Beginners Guide – 28 Crucial Steps To Foraging Wild Edible Plants And Herbs The Easy And Safe Way!


Herbs, Herbs and more Herbs: A handbook on everything you need to know to use herbs effectively (How to dry herbs at home – How to dry foods 2)

Herb Gardening For Beginners, Planting An Herb Garden Made Easy: How To Grow Herbs And Dry Herbs

Straw Bale Gardening

Straw Bale Gardening: The Complete Straw Bale Gardening Guide How to Grow More Vegetables and Herbs in Straw Bale Garden with Limited Space.

Straw bale gardening for beginners: Ultimate guide to grow fruits, herbs and vegetables in backyard straw bale garden

Straw Bale Gardening: Simple Step by Step Guide to Successful Gardening without Any Digging

Vermiculture (Worms)

Worm Composting: The Ultimate Guide to Worm Composting for Life

Get the Garden of your Dreams with this Composting and Wormery Guide!

Indoor Gardening

Apartment Gardening

Indoor Gardening: The 12 Best Herbs to Grow On Your Kitchen Window. Tips and Techniques to Create Your Own Culinary Herb Garden

Growing House Plants for the Beginner Enthusiast

Urban Organic Gardening Indoors: A Step-By-Step Beginner’s Guide to Growing A Garden Indoors


Cook What You Have A Guide to the Lazy Garden and the Lazy Kitchen

Oct 022012

It seems as if I have been talking a lot about books on here lately.  It isn’t that I’m changing the focus around here.  Instead, the reason is that I am just in a reading mood as of late.  I especially love the fact that ebooks can be found for free and saved for reading later.  However, they aren’t always free forever.  Take the book, “Growing Herbs Indoors“.  I was sure I had shared it on here, however I can’t seem to find the post.  That must mean it was before I started posting about books I found.  (It is still available on Amazon, though now for a small price.)

Lee Ann Dobbins gives an easy read and explaination into how to grow herbs inside.  Before reading this I assumed they would be like any other house plant – you put them in a pot and sit them in a window.  While that is true in the simplist of forms, there is more to it than that.

Growing Herbs Indoors covers several different topics..  The section on the different herbs and their requirements was a very practicle section, and something that I would have had to learn the hard way.  As was the part about getting them started; use transplants instead of seeds.  I am frugal enough that I would have chosen the seed route and then wondered why I was having such poor results.

She also gives a clear explaination about why there may be certain problems and then how to troubleshoot them.  I was actually able to figure out a problem with another plant of mine while reading this section.  (It isn’t getting enough light.)  Most of the solutions are simple and something you can do with what you  already have.

I was able to read the book, 32 pages in length, in about an hour. I am glad I read through the book, as I will now go into any herb growing I may try with a better understanding of what may be needed. If you are looking for a more technical book or a step-by-step guide, then this is probably not the one for you. While there is a good explaination, I feel that she assumes you already know a bit about growing plants.

Growing Herbs Indoors is a book for beginners and those growing herbs at home.  It touches on the basics and uses clear language.