Queen of herbs Jekka McVicar writes comprehensive guide

The woman Jamie Oliver describes as "Queen of Herbs", Jekka McVicar has had published a modern update of her Dorling Kindersley classic reference guide Grow Herbs.

Grow Herbs retails at £14.99 book and is billed as "the ultimate reference guide to growing and enjoying herbs".

Jekka McVicar guides readers through every stage of organic herb-growing and includes ideas on how to use herbs in recipies, the home and for beauty and health.

The first chapter on the garden explains how to create and manage a productive organic herb garden covering soil analysis, design and preparation of beds and propagation of plants.

McVicar also talks through the principles of organic gardening and how and when to maintain the garden before showing the reader how to harvest their crops.

Grow Herbs also features a herb A-Z catalogue covering more than 100 of McVicar’s favourite herbs.

McVicar has been awarded 14 Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medals, and was awarded the RHS Lawrence Medal for the best exhibit in 2009. Licensed by the Soil Association and endorsed by Garden Organic, her family-run herb farm in rural South Gloucestershire now grows over 600 varieties, and holds the largest collection of culinary, medicinal, aromatic, and decorative herbs in the UK.

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