Books on How to Care for Herbs in a Garden Nursery Setting
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: Deb Storey
Posted on: March 03, 2007 I love gardening, so I got a part time job at a garden nursery. Now I’m taking care of herbs that I know very little about. Can you please tell me where I can find a good book or books on the basics? I would like to know what plants like to be bone dry, when to water , when to pinch back and how to tell if a herb is under watered. If you could help me at all I would greatly appreciate it. I informed my boss that we don’t have a good book on herbs, he said go find one. I used to live in Woodstock, Ont. and now I live in Calgary. I just don’t know who to contact out here. It was either you or the RBG. There is no book that we know of that specializes on potted herb cultural information appropriate for a nursery or garden centre setting. Generally professional growers and plant care technicians look at what the plants need in the garden or in their natural habitat and then adapt that information for plants grown in pots. Fortunately most of the common herbs sold in garden centres are fairly straight forward and professionals quickly figure out what conditions each requires. There are two books that I can think of that may be useful background information to help you develop your own "database" of cultural information for the herbs you are looking after: Deni Bown’s "Encyclopedia of Herbs and Their Uses" and Sandy Shores "Growing and Selling Fresh-Cut Herbs". The latter is available from Richters; the former was available from Richters until recently but we are sold out and we learned that it has just gone out-of-print, though you may be able to find a copy in a library near you.

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