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HORSETAIL HAVEN

A personal account of herb gardening in Austin, Texas

  Austin, Tx is blessed with beautiful scenery and warm winters, but gardeners must also face the curses of alkaline, clay soil and dry, hot summers.  When first moving to the area Ann Marie made all the mistakes newcomers make--azaleas were planted and died, she couldn't understand why pansies planted in May were gone in June.  She became frustrated that her Midwestern green thumb seemed to have turned black.  Then she discovered HERBS!!  This page is a description of her experiences with this wonderful group of plants.

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July Garden                           
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to the HERBS      let's COOK
Mediterranean Majesty          Herbal Vinegars
Citrus Scents                                 Basil Recipes
Magnificent Mints                      
Rosemary, Oregano & Thyme Recipes
Beautiful Basils                      Minty Recipes
Sweetly Scented Pelargoniums     Cilantro Recipes
Shady Sweeties                              ......................................Index to Recipes
Tea Time Herbs
Chilly Characters                    ....................Reference Suggestions
Fiesta Flavors
Licorice Lovelies
Totally Thyme
Starting an Herb Garden
A Trio of Culinary Trees

................................................ Index to Herbs

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SPECIAL
THANKS
to those who have helped Ann Marie learn about heavenly herbs,
 especially to:

 The generous members of  The Austin Herb Society and The Herb Society of America
Lucinda Hutson, author of The Herb Garden Cookbook and ¡Tequila!, her books and lectures are pure inspiration
Henry Flowers, horticulturist and rosarian at Festival Hill
and always, the late Madalene Hill, her words and advice will never be forgotten

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Other Web Sites of Herbal Interest
Festival Hill - learn about the beautiful gardens on the grounds of this classical music facility
American Botanical Council - THE SOURCE for information on medicinal uses of herbs
Goodwin Creek Gardens- on line catalog from an Oregon grower, ships excellent plants
International Geranium Society - information about all members of the Geranium family
The Herb Society of America useful and extensive information from a national organization  
Scented Geraniums of NE - this Nebraska grower has been growing Pelargoniums for years
PapaGenos Herb Garden- on line catalog, there is a new owner but still a good selection and lots of useful info
Univ. of Washington Medicinal Herb Garden - beautiful photographs
Mulberry Creek Herb Farm- Ohio herb grower with nice plants and good information on the site
 McCormick Spices - especially useful for those who like to spend time in the kitchen
 Mrs. Grieve's Herbal   - the online version of  A Modern Herbal (originally published 1931)
The Gardening Launch Pad- well organized links covering every garden topic under the sun
KLRU Central Texas Gardener- check here for topics covered on this weekly television program
Annette's Herbs - lovely pages about landscaping with herbs and the culinary use of herbs
Cathe's Garden - full of photos of Cathe's beautiful plants, don't miss the lavenders

Herb Garden GuideMonterey Bay Spice provides a nice list of references, especially related to gardening with children

Questions or Comments for Ann Marie