The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs

Last Updated on October 30, 2019 by Diane Hoffmaster

The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs is a wonderful gardening resource for anyone who wants to start growing their own herbs.

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Book cover The Beginner's Guide to Edible Herbs

The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs

Title: The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs   (Head over to Amazon for this Herb Guide)
Subtitle: 26 Herbs Everyone Should Grow and Enjoy
Author: Charles W.G. Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing
Pages: 142 (paperback)

white bowl filled with fresh herbs

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My Review of this Herb Gardening Resource

It seems like more and more people are becoming interested in gardening. Some people are trying to save money at the grocery store.  Others just prefer the taste of a home grown tomato. The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herb will help accent all your favorite recipes with herbs that were picked fresh from the garden.

Common and Uncommon Herbs

I am not going to list every herb included in this book since that would take up too much space. I WILL say that they range from the common (dill, mint, oregano, basil) to the more unusual (Hyssop, Bee Balm, Borage, and Calendula) and many more in between.

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How to Grow Herbs for Beginners

The introduction of The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herb includes helpful information on growing herbs in the garden. How much sun should they get and what types of soils do they prefer? Which herbs start well from seed? Which ones should be started from plants you buy at your local garden center? There is also a small section on drying and freezing herbs for use once the gardening is done for the summer.

How to Use Herbs from Your Garden

Each chapter is broken down by herb. They include not just gardening information but also suggestions on how to use them. For example, some herbs have medicinal purposes, some are great in certain recipes, and others are wonderful when placed in a muslin bag and added to your bath to relieve stress.  The book also makes numerous references to which herbs are actually beneficial to your garden in terms of repelling pests and attracting pollinators.

Recipes using fresh herbs

Since The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herb is broken down by herb, the recipes are scattered throughout the book as are the various uses for them such as medicinal uses and flavored vinegar . I thought it might be better to arrange the book in chapters. For example,  gardening, recipes, preserving fresh herbs, medicinal uses, etc. Despite this, there is a handy index in the back which includes Recipes as a subject as well as Healing Uses, Oils and Vinegars, etc so you can find the information easily by using the index.

A benefit to herb gardeners

The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs is a wonderful book for any gardener. Have you ever looked at the price of fresh herbs in the grocery store? And what do you do when you only need 2 or 3 basil leaves for a recipe and the package has 10 times more than you need? Growing herbs in the garden allows you to pick whenever you like, even just a sprig or two of Rosemary to throw on the grill with your chicken!  Head over to Amazon for this Herb Guide and grow your own herbs now!




  1. This book looks fantastic!!

  2. Dr. Bill (William L.) Smith says

    Now that I’m retired, maybe I’ll have time for this…

    Bill 😉
    Author of “Back to the Homeplace”

  3. Michaela Dunn Leeper says

    I added your blog to my follow list!

  4. Michaela Dunn Leeper says

    Thanks for this opportunity! I love Storey books!

  5. Michaela Dunn Leeper says

    Oooo, I would love to read the Complete Compost Gardening Guide that they have listed! I’ve read a lot of the other ones.

  6. Michaela Dunn Leeper says

    I added your button to my sidebar. Thanks again!

  7. I would love to win this, have been trying to learn how to cook with herbs, as I grew up in the South, we just added fat back and didn’t worry about anything else, but now I need to start flavoring my foods with something else.


  8. This book sounds great! I have thought about planting my own herbs and using in cooking. I am following your blog also.

    Thank you!

    lucieluvsca (at) yahoo(dot)com

  9. I love cooking w/ my own herbs and would definitely be interested in finding out which plants are beneficial in the garden. I’m a follower and will place your button on my page today!

  10. I love cooking with the herbs I grow and am very interested in the beneficial plants you mentioned. I’m a follower and have put your button on my page.

  11. Just wanted to let you know I’ve posted your giveaway at

    Good luck 🙂

  12. I wanted to start an herb garden on my deck but am not sure what or how to start. This would be great to have.

    Following you on twitter.


  13. Stephanie Suesan Smith, Ph.D. says

    I would really like this book. I am a master gardener and could use it to teach others.

    [email protected]

  14. I follow your blog! And I hope I win this book! 🙂

  15. Following you on twitter


  16. I would love to read the Compost Gardening Guide!

  17. I just found and am following your blog. Nice to meet you.

  18. I would love this book. I enjoy cooking and using natural herbs but, sometimes, I’m not sure which goes for what. This sure would help.

  19. I’m following you on twitter: @SereneMoments

  20. I would like to have “The Backyard Bird-Lover’s Guide” – our book for identifying birds is on its last limb.

  21. I’m following this blog as Coupon Saver!

    I would love to have The Beginner’s Guide to Edible Herbs!

  22. Another book I would like to have from Storey Publishing is The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible!

  23. Domestic Diva says

    I follow with GFC.

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