Book cover for "The Prairie Gardener's Go-to for Herbs" by Janet Melrose and Sheryl Normandeau. The background is a light tan and in the bottom half is a square watercolor image of a variety of leafy green herbs that are loosely bundled together. The title, "Herbs" is in a large, black, bold, serif font and above that in a similar but very small font it reads, "The Prairie Gardener's Go-to for." At the bottom of the image is the two authors' names in a small, black, all caps, serif font reading, "Janet Melrose" on the left and "Sheryl Normandeau" to the right. Book cover is by Tree Abraham.

The Prairie Gardener’s Go-To for Herbs

ISBN 9781771514286
Softcover | Publication Date: March 19, 2024
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
160 Pages

About the Book

In the ninth book in Guides for the Prairie Gardeners series seasoned gardeners Sheryl Normandeau and Janet Melrose take all your questions about growing and enjoying herbs.

If you’ve ever stood in the produce section of the grocery store trying to pick out the least wilty of those little plastic containers of herbs, you’ll understand the appeal of growing your own. In the ninth installment of their prairie gardening series, seasoned (ahem) gardeners Janet Melrose and Sheryl Normandeau answer all your questions about growing these culinary, medicinal, and spiritually beneficial plants, including their potential for use in pest management and as hardy lawn replacements.

Beginning with the where (containers, raised beds, spirals, and more), the pair then provide guidance on choosing healthy plants, how to nurture herb seedlings, soil needs, watering, dealing with aggressive spreaders (hello, mint!), pest prevention, overwintering—including how not to kill that potted rosemary you brought inside for its own darn good—and lots of ideas for storing and enjoying your herbal goodies, from drying and freezing to making tasty infused oils, vinegars, and butters.

The final chapter is a roundup of herbs for all occasions and locations, including the pair’s top choices for insect repellers, butterfly and hummingbird attractors, edible flowers, and ingredients for herbal tisanes.


About the Author(s)

Janet Melrose is a garden educator and consultant, and an advocate for Calgary’s Sustainable Local Food System. She is a life-long gardener and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate and Home Farm Horticultural Therapy Certificate. She has a passion for Horticultural Therapy and facilitates numerous programs designed to integrate people marginalized by various disabilities into the larger community. She is a regular contributor to The Gardener for Canadian Climates magazine. She lives in Calgary where she runs her education and consulting company, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener.

Sheryl Normandeau is a life-long gardener, and holds a Prairie Horticulture Certificate and a Sustainable Urban Agriculture Certificate. She is a freelance writer specializing in gardening writing with hundreds of articles published. She is a regular contributor The Gardener for Canadian Climates, The Prairie Garden Annual, Herb Quarterly, and many more. She lives in Calgary.


“Herbs offers highly local advice on how to grow herbs for your kitchen in our climate”Savour Calgary

“this guide to a very Prairie topic is a great resource for gardeners everywhere” —Quill & Quire