Herbs in the Garden

How to Move Like a Gardener

Planting and Preparing Medicines from Plants

Deb Soule

Softbound, hundreds of full-color photos

Autographed by the author - while copies last!


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The book's 256 informative pages and more than 200 beautiful color photographs taken in Avena's garden embody Deb Soule's deep love and respect for the spirit of the medicinal plants, with which she has worked for almost forty years.


"This book is astounding! It is everything you want in a book about gardening: good solid practical advice, a spiritual connection to the earth, and visually beautiful. Deb has taken her twenty-five-plus years as a professional medicinal plant gardener and her life-time love of the earth and the plant people, and come up with something very special.This is a must-have book for anyone interested in gardening or the plant people. I promise you this book will be well read, well worn, and well loved.

Karyn Sanders, Blue Otter School of Herbal Medicine

"Herbalist Deb Soule offers the reader a beautifully written, heart-centered gardening book that reads as much like a prayer as it does a practical guide for all gardeners, new and experienced; sure to awaken and inspire one to explore creative ways of tending the rich life held in a well-loved garden. The author shares wisdom gleaned through years of cultivating not only soil and plants, but also her research and work with the pollinators, biodynamic practices and favorite tools used in growing simple herbal remedies to nourish the gardener as they heal the Earth. Honoring traditions, ancestors and the sacredness of carrying on the work of the wise herbalists that came before us, Deb reminds us of the blessing of being called to this work!"

Kate Gilday, Herbalist, Woodland Essence

The Herb Gardener

A Guide for All Seasons

Susan McClure



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When we lived in the Sierra Foothills, gardening at all was a huge challenge. Either you built 12ft high cages around your garden (very pricey, to say the least), or you nurtured your plants right up to just before harvest time when the deer would make a feast of them. After doing without a garden for some years, there came a time when I could bear it no longer, but still didn't have the money for the fencing needed for vegetable gardening.

Somewhere in there I realized that medicinal herbs were almost without exception plants that deer didn't like to eat. And so, my adventures with growing herbs began. I learned so much! Now, I always say the deer planted it for me. It was nice being able to watch the deer and enjoy their quiet ways without worrying about my garden, too.

Since that time, I have always had herbs in the garden, though now I tend more toward the tastier culinary herbs since deer are no longer our constant companions. I've been looking for as many years for at least one book to share with you that would convey some of the joy I have found among the "useful plants" - my beloved herbs. It is only now that I can say I have found it.

Susan McClure's beautiful book, The Herb Gardener, is a joyous journey through herb gardens in different parts of North America. She takes you through all four seasons, introduces you to hundreds of herbs and helps you get to know them as friends. Pretty much any sort of herb garden you could want, whether you live in a cold wet place or a dry hot one can be yours by following Susan's expert advice. She gives you recipes and craft ideas galore, too!! The photos will inspire you and guide you gently and I promise you will go to bed at night with visions of lavender and rosemary dancing in your head. Fragrently sweet dreams shall be yours!

May you discover the joy I have found among the herbs.