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
About the Author
Tasha Greer is an epicurean homesteader and writer focused on simple, sustainable living. In addition to her two books, Weed-Free Gardening and Grow Your Own Spices, her articles appear on various websites and in print journals for outlets like Mother Earth News, Modern Farmer, The Grow Network, Morning Chores, The Thrifty Homesteader, and on her own website Simplestead.com. Tasha also produces a free periodic magazine, available on her website, called Epicurean Living with ideas on how to live well through moderation and environmental simplicity.
A former Washington, DC, legal administrator turned full-time homesteader and writer, Tasha’s obsession with great food, gardening, and environmentally-beneficial living led her to create her dream homestead in beautiful Surry County, North Carolina. There she raises goats, chickens, ducks, worms, and more on a 10-acre property with lots of help from her partner in good living, Matt Miles.
About 1.5 acres of her homestead is covered with fruit trees and bushes, nuts, a personal vineyard, perennial vegetables, herbs, spices, annual vegetables, a greenhouse, and several ponds. She uses hand tools, organic matter, and a mix of permaculture, edible landscaping, ecological, and traditional gardening techniques to grow abundant food and natural beauty.
Additionally, Tasha teaches classes related to edible landscaping and organic gardening. She also makes educational videos on homesteading and gardening and has created programs for The Grow Network, Mother Earth News, and other outlets. Tasha volunteers with garden organizations in her community. As a former market farmer, specializing in growing and selling herbs, spices, and mushrooms, she also maintains close ties to her local farming community.
Greta Moore is an illustrator and landscape designer in Bozeman, Montana. With a M.S in Ecological Landscape Design, she blends her passion for ecology with art to address climate change, improve food systems, restore habitats, create beautiful spaces, and bring plants and animals to life through watercolor paintings. She is also an avid backyard gardener and enjoys adventuring in the mountains and rivers of Montana. To see her work, visit gretacmoore.com.
Lindsey Feldpausch, RH (AHG) is a clinical herbalist helping connect plants with the humans who need them. She believes in our innate ability to utilize the healing powers of plants, and one of her life’s intentions is to kindle this belief in others. An experienced educator, she aims to balance both science and the magic of the natural world within in her teachings. Find out more at PlantMatters.org.
"...makes a compelling case for the home cultivation of more than 30 types of spices."—Washington Gardener
"I was delighted with this book and considered it great for someone...to broaden their own selection of homegrown spices in their garden."—Budget Earth