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Book Review: ‘Grow Your Own Spices’

If you’ve been a member of The Grow Network Community for any time at all, you’ve probably read an article by Tasha Greer. She truly lives the homesteading life, and she has forgotten more about gardening, raising animals, and living self-sufficiently than most of us will ever know in the first place.

Tasha has written a new book, “Grow Your Own Spices,” and I got my copy a few weeks ago. Honestly, I love it. It’s beautiful, and the information is solid, easily digestible, and comprehensive. She starts the book with gardening basics—info like how to use mulch and how to make and use compost tea—and then she moves on to detailed information about growing, harvesting, processing, and storing individual spices. You’ll find all types of spices in here, from seed spices to roots and rhizomes to perennial spices like bay leaves and capers.

In “Grow Your Own Spices,” Tasha 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. In it, 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
  • Which 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 havesting your own capers, mustard, sesame seeds, and even paprika

Tasha even includes some great tips throughout the book on using spices as medicine—I thought that was a fun bonus. Well, that, and that the book’s pages smell like eucalyptus. (No, seriously. I had my husband sniff a page just to make sure I wasn’t going crazy. They really smell like eucalyptus. That’s either a happy accident, or a genius act on the part of the publisher….)

You can grab a copy of “Grow Your Own Spices” for your home library here. Then, leave a comment to let me know how you like it!

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