Northern & Central Midwest
Growing and Using Herbs in the Midwest
Rosemary Divock spins a tale in this lovely handbook, Growing and Using Herbs in the Midwest (Guest Cottage Inc., 1996; $18.95). It is set up by monthly chapters, and is filled not only with practical advice on growing herbs, but bits of lore and history, amusing stories, and wonderful recipes for teas, jellies, vinegars, butters, and all manner of herb stuff. The last chapter is filled with gift and decorating ideas that I intend to use.
Tool or Gardening Product
It's one of the most old-fashioned tools there is, but it's been around for years for a reason. I'm talking about the dandelion weeder. This is a long, steel stick with a two-pronged end that's perfect for sticking right down deep beside a dandelion root. It loosens the soil and with a slight twist, pops up the dandelion or thistle. You can remove most of the root with this tool, which will kill the plant. I have my grandmother's and wouldn't be without it.