Harvest: Unexpected Projects Using 47 Extraordinary Garden by Stefani Bittner

By Stefani Bittner

A fantastically photographed, gift-worthy consultant to transforming into, harvesting, and using 47 unexpected backyard vegetation to make natural pantry staples, fragrances, flower arrangements, drinks, cocktails, good looks items, bridal presents, and more.

Every garden--not simply vegetable plots--can produce a bountiful harvest! This practical, inspirational, and seasonal advisor might help make any backyard more productive and relaxing with numerous tasks utilizing unforeseen and often common backyard vegetation, a few of that could already be turning out to be in your backyard.

Discover the fabulous usefulness of petals and leaves, roots, seeds, and fruit: turn tumeric root right into a traditional dye and calamintha into lip balm. Make anise hyssop into a refreshing iced tea and flip apricots right into a facial masks. Crabapple branches can be utilized to create beautiful flower arrangements, oregano plants to infuse vinegar, and suitable for eating chrysanthemum to enliven a salad. With the remarkable, multi-purpose crops in Harvest, there is usually anything for gardeners to reap from one transforming into season to the following

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EDIBLE FLOWER–PRESSED CHEESE Flower-pressed cheeses make great host gifts and party appetizers. They are simple to assemble in just a few minutes. MAKES ONE 4-OUNCE ROUND OF CHEESE 5 to 7 peppermint candy flower stems, each with multiple flower heads 4-ounce round of fresh goat or other mild soft cheese, such as sheep Fruit, poppy seed crackers, or a baguette, for serving Rinse the flowers in a bowl filled with cold water by gently dipping the flowers to remove any debris. Lift out and place on a clean, dry towel.

Regular watering is recommended, but plants can handle some dry spells. Deer tend to resist it, and pollinators can’t stay away from it. Plant single-color varieties in a mass for big visual impact in planting beds, or combine them with other edible flowers such as German chamomile, borage, and yarrow in the kitchen garden. The gray-green foliage mixes well with other flowers, making it a lovely addition to cut-flower gardens and containers. We prefer the taller kinds, at 24 to 36 inches (60 to 90 cm).

This is the central message of Harvest. The forty-seven plants and their accompanying projects recommended by Stefani and Alethea will inspire you to grab your trowel and head straight to the garden. Why rely on the supermarket or big-box store for a centerpiece? The ingredients are at your fingertips in all four seasons, whether they be twigs and boughs in winter or lush summer blossoms. Mark the seasons with creativity, inspired by the garden. Feed yourself and your household in inventive ways.

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