Hey, houseplant lovers: Are you ready to up your growing game? Whether your green thumb is weathered and worn or shiny and new, get ready to branch out and step into the world of growing your own herbs-indoors! There’s no better place to start this adventure than with Herbal Houseplants. Inside the beautifully illustrated pages, author and expert herbalist Susan Betz lets you in on a little secret: Herbs make great houseplants. And, you don’t need fancy grow lights, expensive potting soil, or high-end equipment to grow them. All you need is a sunny windowsill and the right plant. Learn which herbs perform best as houseplants, how to care for them, and even how to harvest and use your homegrown herbs for culinary creations, household cleaning products, herbal teas, handmade crafts, and more. In Herbal Houseplants you’ll learn:
• The basics of caring for herbs indoors • How to keep indoor herbs productive and pest free • Tips for choosing the best herbs for indoor growing • Essential advice for watering, fertilizing, and harvesting • Dozens of recipes and DIY projects for enjoying your herbal harvest • How to grow exotic herbs, like patchouli, tulsi, and Corsican mint
From parsley and thyme to sage and lemongrass-and many herbs in between-tending and enjoying herbal houseplants pays big rewards for little effort.
Susan Betz has been actively involved in growing and using herbs to educate the public about gardening and the natural world for over 35 years. She is an Honorary Master Gardener, a member of the International Herb Association, Garden Communicators, and the Ecological Landscape Alliance. Susan is a life member of the Herb Society of America and received the Helen D. Conway Little Medal of Honor in 2018. She is a charter member of HSA’s Native Herb Conservation committee, the Society’s sustainable garden initiative. Susan currently serves on HSA’s Notable Native Herb program and is a contributing author to HSA’s native herb fact sheets published annually. Susan worked as Education and Outreach Coordinator for Slayton Arboretum at Hillsdale College. Before going to work at Hillsdale, she owned and managed The Little Farm Herb Shop in Allen, Michigan, a garden store with display gardens featuring herbal themes.