Helpful Herb Gardening Books For Beginners

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Looking for a herb gardening book that will be helpful?

When you are just starting out it’s so nice to have a few reference books on hand for growing tips and identifying plants.

There are so many really great herb growing books out there that you can get confused…or spend a small fortune buying lots of books you may not need to start your herb garden.

Some good herb gardening books
Some good herb gardening books

I’ve gone through my library and listed a few of  my old favorites here for you.

Those in the first group are nice for foraging and harvesting wild herbs and plants-if you are so inclined!

The second group contains a few books that have terrific full color photos of most common herbs- both cultivated and wild. These books are great for seeing what the plants look like, getting ideas about plant size, and individual cultivation tips.

You can find most of these online, and many of them are available used and VERY inexpensive from the used booksellers on and

Wild Plant ID Books:

Harvesting Nature’s Bounty – Kevin E. Duffy (b/w  photos) There are more recent editions available

The Forager’s Harvest: A Guide to Identifying, Harvesting, and Preparing Edible Wild Plants – Samuel Thayer

A Field Guide to Medicinal Plants and Herbs: Of Eastern and Central North America -Steven Foster & James Duke-

Read more:  Herbs and Folklore

Large full color photo ID books:

An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs – Jessica Houdret

Ultimate Book of Herbs & Herb Gardening  -Jessica Houdret

Encyclopedia of Herbs & Their Uses – Deni Brown

The Complete Book of Herbs – Leslie Bremness

I hope this short list helps you out a bit…oh, and happy reading!

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