Grow Your Own Spices

Harvest homegrown ginger, turmeric, saffron, wasabi, vanilla, cardamom, and other incredible spices -- no matter where you live!

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Pub Date 05 Jan 2021 | Archive Date 17 Dec 2020

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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 spiceThe best way to tend tropical spices, like ginger, turmeric, and cardamom, even if you live in a cold climateEasy-to-grow spices that are perfect for beginnersThe unique way certain spices, such as wasabi, cloves, and cinnamon, are grown and harvestedHow to cultivate root spices, including horseradish and chicory Tips for harvesting your own capers, mustard, sesame seeds, and even paprika Let Grow Your Own Spices show you how to spice up your garden, your plate, and your health, with your own fresh, homegrown spices
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...

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I have always wondered how various spices such as cardamom and vanilla are grown. I had assumed they had to be grown where it was warm, but having read this wonderful little introduction to growing spices, I realise that is not necessarily the case. I enjoyed this fact-packed and beautifully illustrated guide to planting, cultivating and using each of the spices mentioned. There are lots of growing tips and the author explains clearly which are harder to grow and why. I found the medicinal tips interesting too. Using the instructions in this book I am hoping to guide my liquorice plant back to health. Thank you to Tasha Greer, Net Galley and Quarto Publishing for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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Thank you to the publisher for an advance copy of this book via netgalley! Even thought it isn’t a long book, it encompasses so much information in a clear and simple way. This book helps you identify best times and ways to plant, care and turn your herbs into spices. I also loved the fact that I can make my favorite thaï soup using all spices from a garden!l and this book explains how!

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A short, but good introduction to growing your own spices at home. Some are common and familiar to us all, but we might not know how to grow them, and keep them alive. Other spices are not that commonly used every day, and quite frankly I feel a bit intimidated to grow them myself. Sadly, I don’t have a green thumb, so I’m not the first one to try something hard. If or when that they comes I know the book I’ll turn to when I need help. I most definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject. Very useful information in a compact way, just the way I like it!

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This book is literally perfect, even for total beginners in gardening. As a health-conscious, young and busy urban resident, I've always wanted to grow my own spices at home, but couldn't actually envision myself doing it when my store-bought potted spices always died so fast. Grow Your Own Spices by Tasha Greer seems have been written especially for me. The author doesn't beat around the bush (pun intended) and instead gives you the information you need along with some illustrations for those who, like me, don't know what a growing spice plant should look like. She covers everything from the soil and tools you need to the daily care of the plant, together with a timeline by weeks. I really love the concept that I can grow so many different spices regardless of my geographical location, as long as I pay attention to the seasons and correct care instructions, all of which is provided, In addition to these basics, there are little tips on health benefits, as well as proper techniques for different types of plants, e.g. under- or above the ground. My only remark is I wish it was longer and covered more types of spices, with a separate chapter on which exact ones are easiest to grow in an apartment. *Thank you to the Publisher for a free advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I enjoyed reading through this book, I have growing herbs for years and was interested in how to grow from seed and also any medicinal benefits that herbs have. This book is clear and easy to read and follow. The hand drawn illustrations are beautiful. I like the fact there are photos to cover each herb for easy identification. Thank you for my copy to review :)

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Grow Your Own Spices: Harvest homegrown ginger, turmeric, saffron, wasabi, vanilla, cardamom, and other incredible spices -- no matter where you live by Tasha Greer Publisher: Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press Genre: Health, Mind & Body | Home & Garden Release Date: December 8, 2020 Grow Your Own Spices by Tasha Greer is a great resource for beginner (& advanced) gardening. The author shares so many tips and delves into how to grow fast-growing spices grown from seeds, as well as plants grown from underground. She also covers perennial plants. Each section also includes information on cool and warmer weather plants. I find this to be a great resource for an at-home gardener who is looking to start growing spices. I found it very interesting and I look forward to starting my garden soon. I'm so grateful to Tasha Greer, Quarto Publishing Group – Cool Springs Press, and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this ARC ebook in exchange for my honest review.

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This was really useful! I've been gardening for about 7 years and I've grown a bunch of herbs and a few spices so far, but being a huge spice fan, I wanted to know more. This book starts on the basics and gets progressively harder with each group, introducing plants that need more care. Nutmeg is my favourite spice and apparently it takes 25 years to grow a tree that bears fruit, so I'll probably pass on that one, but I'll definitely try my hand at cumin!

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Date reviewed/posted: November 24, 2020 When life for the entire universe and planet turns on its end and like everyone else you "have nothing to do" while your place of work is once again closed and you are continuing to be in #COVID19 #socialisolation as the #secondwave is upon us, superspeed readers like me can read 300+ pages/hour, so yes, I have read the book … and many more today. I requested and received a temporary digital Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley, the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. In "Grow Your Own Spices", author and spice-growing gardener Tasha Greer provide you with 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, but 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 flavour 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 Let Grow Your Own Spices show you how to spice up your garden, your plate, and your health, with your own fresh, homegrown spices! This is a great book that shows you how to grow your own spices, but I am unsure how many will grow here in Canada due to our latitude. (I live in the "deep south" of Canada - it is harder to go farther south in Canada latitude wise and I would need a greenhouse but it's a nice thought! Oh, the $$ I would save on cardamom and vanilla beans!!!) The information presented is clear and concise and is inspiring if you want to grow your own spices (or herbs) with the excellent advice and instructions herein. If not, support your local farmer and not spices imported from China!!! As always, I try to find a reason to not rate with stars as I simply adore emojis (outside of their incessant use by "🙏-ed Social Influencer Millennials/#BachelorNation survivors/Tik-Tok and YouTube Millionaires/snowflakes / literally-like-overusers etc. " on Instagram and Twitter... Get a real job, people!) so let's give it 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

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A fascinating book detailing the procedures for growing and harvesting numerous spices. The instructions are clear, well set out and with plenty of inspiration. I will be using this for growing garlic on our new allotment. A stunning reference book that will be used over and over.

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This is beautifully illustrated book with a lot of good information about spice plants. It could be useful for those people who want to learn more about spices and how to grow them. I am studying herbalism and this inspired me to try and also grow one or two spice plants, especially my namesake ginger! I received a complementary copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Such an inspirational book to read and enjoy on this -20C wintry November day. As a master gardener all things horticultural are of particular interest to me. I love to grow herbs and spices for the reasons the author list, including to enhance cooking and baking and for mental health (what fun to watch things grow!). The photography and illustrations are brilliant and salivatory! In our frigid climate with only 90 frost-free days a year we are extremely limited to what we can grow outside. Tricky inside as well as winters are so long and dark and furnaces dry things to a crisp. Still, we do still have some options. In our Europe garden we are able to grow nearly anything and this book has given me some fresh ideas such as growing cumin, nigella and cinnamon. The author must find incredible gratification with what she grows and harvests. The book includes information on sowing and planting, materials needed, details on requirements needed (such as climate), watering requirements, animal and pollution considerations, when and how to harvest, propagation, etc. I like the side information on growing conditions as well. Very helpful. I will definitely utilize the pillowcase idea! Though I won't be growing vanilla, galangal or peppercorns (love them all!) reading about them is enriching. Whether you are just starting out or have gardened for decades you will glean ideas from this book. At the very least you can absorb and learn and dream! My sincere thank you to Quarto Publishing Group - Cool Springs Press and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC of this lovely book in exchange for an honest review. Much appreciated.

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I am a nerd for a well laid out book, as well as all things plants/gardening and this book nailed both on the head. Grow Your Own Spices, is broken down into 3 well laid out sections; Fast-growing seed spices, The spice underground, and perennial spices. Those sections are then broken down into 3 more sections each covering everything about its respective plants. Not only is this book FILLED with tons of useful information on where, how and when to grow your spices, but also accompanied by beautiful photos to give it a well rounded feel. Grow Your Own Spices by Tasha Greer is the perfect addition to any homesteader or gardeners bookshelf, and I cannot wait till spring to put some of this information to use!

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In the myriad of gardening books, there aren't many "must-haves", but this is definitely one of them for me. Spices aren't the biggest in volume of our food intake, of course, but they are very important for taste. And why buy plants only for decoration, when you can grow your own herbs and spices? This book is very informative, has a great layout, and the illustrations are pure art.

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Such a great guide to growing your own herbs and spices. This book has given me confidence on how to choose and grow the right spices and herbs for my family. It has beautiful color photographs and so much helpful information! I will definitely be purchasing a paper copy of this book when it comes out, and maybe even extras to give as presents for my garden loving friends and family. Thank you Netgalley for my copy of Grow Your Own Spices by Tasha Greer!

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I love all things gardening. It reminds me of helping my Grandparents in their garden when I was a child, and that love of watching things grow has carried over into my adulthood. The book itself is relatively short, but they pack it full of information. From planting, harvesting, seed care, and more. It is also full of beautiful photos and drawings that make it a visual pleasure to flip through. A definite must have for the anybody that loves to garden!

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A really informative and easy to read book about growing spices (not herbs!) There aren't many books dedicated to this fairly niche gardening activity - but one that I found most welcoming. It is separated into cool/warm/tropical climates so you can plan which spices to grow and where based on your garden set up. The instructions were easy to understand with just enough history and background to make it interesting but not boring. I'll be referencing this book again and again once the weather warms up!

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Grow your own spices is a short but detailed look at growing a small variety of spices. If your interested in some of the more difficult spices and wish to be able to grow your own then this book is for you. From Coriander, mustard, and celery to root spices, or longer seasoned like cumin, or saffron. This book offers a detailed look at a multitude of spices that are harder to grow than normal spices like mint, marjoram, or basil. What did I like? The book is quite detailed in what you have to do to be successful to grow some of these different herbs, and spices. Book offers care, harvesting, and growing details on each plant and occasionally a medicinal tip. Pictures scatter the pages which help you identify the plant, and it offers you some tidbits on more complicated processes that the harder plants need. I enjoyed looking at the details and recommend this for gardeners who would like more information on the more difficult to grow herbs and spices. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for an ARC to peruse, and I voluntarily left a review. Five stars....wealth of information with some great pictures and detail.

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For a long time, spices have been the final frontier for kitchen gardeners. There’s a natural progression from leafy herbs to easy vegetables, then fruit and the trickier crops. And, as the author says, many kitchen gardeners grow garlic and let their coriander run to seed. But spices are exotic, tropical things, aren’t they? Well yes, but they may not be beyond our grasp. Many spices can be grown as annuals in a temperate climate, with no more trouble than tomatoes. Perennials will need winter warmth, but can be brought indoors as houseplants. Tasha Greer has brought together all of the current best practice on growing spices at home, as a reference guide for the adventurous gardener.

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This is a nice and very informative book about how to grow you own spices. It's a nice companion and I'll be using it as a guide while I try to grow my own spices at home. I received a free digital copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review

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I cannot keep anything alive that needs attention on a regular basis. In the age of COVID I wanted to take less trips to the grocery store. Growing my own spices seems logical, but given my black thumb, out of reach. This is a good introduction to growing spices. It is well written, clear, and concise. I look forward to growing some of my own spices in the future. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for my copy.

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Wonderful resource for those wanting to expand their knowledge beyond the average herbs and spices grown today. Although several of these require certain conditions be met in order to have success in their growth, it was interesting to know more about these spices and their history and uses in everyday life. I appreciated the nice pictures and how information was arranged about each of these spices.

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If you love cooking with herbs and spices, this is definitely the book for you. Why not grow what you use? Reading through the tropical spices section made me wish I were in a hot climate and able to grow them. But whilst it is not always possible due to the climate requirements, there are plenty of spices you can tackle in your garden. In addition to detailed information on the spices, there are more general tips and techniques such as growing roots, bulbs and rhizomes; growing the ingredients for Thoi soup, It is packed full of information but presented in an accessible way with plenty of great photos.

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