I had really thought when I saw the title for 100 New herbs that Margaret Roberts was going to introduce us to indigenous South African herbs, of which there are plenty. This book is about using herbs in new ways and I really liked the fact that there was a picture of each plant referred to in the book.
It is noteworthy that these plants are not herbs in the traditional sense of the word. Margaret gives advice on planting a garden and how to feed and protect the organic garden. Plants are listed according to size and type and the useful information includes planting African marigold as an insect repellent. I am so grateful my marigold self seeds with ease and I always have beautiful yellow flowers in my vegetable garden.
In the book you will find recipes for sprays and elixirs and information on each plants’ cultivation, propagation, harvesting and processing as well as companion planting and culinary and medical uses. What disappointed me about this book was the fact that very few of the new herbs are from South / Southern Africa. Out of the 100 New Herbs the following are from Africa:
* I will make a plan to add these to my indigenous garden
What I blogged May 18: