Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden Plants
By Stefani Bittner and Alethea Harampolis

ABOUT BOOK: A beautifully photographed, gift-worthy guide to growing, harvesting, and utilizing 47 unexpected garden plants to make organic pantry staples, fragrances, floral arrangements, beverages, cocktails, beauty products, bridal gifts, and more.

Every garden--not just vegetable plots--can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide will help make any garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often common garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your backyard.

Discover the surprising usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn turmeric root into a natural dye and Calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and turn apricots into a facial mask. Crabapple branches can be used to create stunning floral arrangements, oregano flowers to infuse vinegar, and edible chrysanthemum to liven up a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose plants in Harvest, there is always something for gardeners to harvest from one growing season to the next.

REVIEW: The author states, “Harvest is a practical, inspirational, and seasonal guide to living with an edible landscape. In this book, you’ll find ways to make your garden more productive and enjoyable with a variety of projects using unexpected and often well-known garden plants, some of which may already be growing in your garden.”
I Agree!

Inside this lovely hardback book filled with beautiful pictures are a list 47 projects. They talk about food safety, organic gardening, and beneficial insects. I liked that the book is divided into seasons. I was amazed not only at the fact that you could eat these flowers but they also made tasty teas, beauty products, and other health-full useable items.

Each ingredient has a description of the plant, it’s history and how to care for it in order to get a good harvest. The book’s first vegetable is Rhubarb; the recipe is for a small-batch, quick-pickled rhubarb. They also list lilac the recipe is for Lilac Flower Cream, Bachelor’s buttons is after that the recipe is for Blooming Butter and another interesting plant is a Salad Burnet made from Early-Season Herb Salad.

I was amazed at how flowers can be more than something beautiful looking in your house; there are recipes for teas, spices to enhance the flavor of food, to edible vegetable plants to plants that are used for all natural face cream.

There is a list of project Ingredient alternatives. I found this helpful. I also liked the list of terms and techniques for me to refer to in the back. Along with a list of resources and an index for easy reference.

I haven’t started a garden yet but this looks like it could be for beginner gardeners (like me) to the more experienced ones. The plants and recipes inside these pages can put a beautiful sparkle in your yard, beauty on your table and boost of flavor in your mouth. It’s a win-win on many levels.

Disclosure of Material Connection: II checked this book out of the public library.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”

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