Harvest by Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis
Unexpected projects using 47 Extraordinary garden plants.
About the book: A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.
Every garden–not just vegetable plots–can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.
Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root into a natural dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.
My Thoughts: If you’ve been following me on my Facebook page you’d see that even though it’s currently very much winter where I live I’m already getting seeds and planning out this year’s garden (see last year’s garden project) so when I was offered the chance to review Harvest of course I said yes. This book is even better than I expected though. It takes about specific plants (with gorgeous photos), how to plan them and how to take care of them and then tells you the best way to harvest them. From there it explains recipes for using these unconventional garden plants. Absolutely perfect book for someone who wants more than a votable garden to get produce from. It’s actually gotten me more excited about this spring!