Win Free Gardening Book in HSA Contest

By Paris Wolfe, Blogmaster, The Herb Society of America

Rodale's organic gardening primerIf I’m ranking my favorite things, I must admit that herbs fall second. My first love is books. I love a new book’s promise of knowledge and adventure. And, free books are an absolute treat.

If you like herbs, gardens, books, the environment, you need Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening : A Beginner’s Guide to Starting a Healthy Garden, by Deborah L.  Martin. And you can have it for free by entering the HSA Blog CONTEST.

Tell us your favorite herb and why – by May 5, 2018 –to enter a contest to win my review copy of the book. Simply state the herb and why in the comment section below this post or send an email to All names will be put into a drawing. Winner will be notified in mid-May.

I’ll go first.  My favorite herb is thyme, specifically lemon thyme. It grows prolifically with little care. It blooms the sweetest little purple flowers. It smells delicious when I brush my hand across it. It retains its flavor in dried form. Just like lemon, it punches up the flavor of almost any dish that calls for thyme.

I can’t wait to hear what you like best and why.

HSA members and staff as well as non-members are all eligible.

19 thoughts on “Win Free Gardening Book in HSA Contest

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  2. So many herbs are wonderful, but just smelling lemon verbena puts the world right! It’s so relaxing, so summery, with that lightly sweet lemony scent!


  3. The violet is my favorite herb. It is the state flower of Rhode Island! It is chock full of Vitamin C. It looks gorgeous in salads and sugared on desserts! and it has the sweetest heart-shaped leaves!


  4. It is very to pick one favorite, herbs are just such wonderful plants ! But as I have to, I will pick wild oregano from the mountains of Greece. From the wonderful smell when you walk by them to the delicious taste in my grandmother and mother’s cooking, oregano is an herb that I cannot live without, planting it everywhere I move to!


  5. My favorite herb is lemon verbena. It smells wonderful and looks so dainty, even though it is often a large shrub. It is easy to propagate and usually seems to survive our Northern California winters.
    It was jhard to pick one since I am a fan of almost every herb. I also love all kinds of mint.


  6. Lavender is my favorite herb. Looking back as I was child, I always gravitated to it, both in smell and how it looked. As an adult and an aspiring herbalist, it is my go-to for a wide array of needs…skin care (a few drops in almond oil), slumber (my rice and lavender eye mask), and cooking (my delicious lemon & lavender shortbread cookies). And let me not forget…health and first aid! My family knows to reach for my bug bite salve with lavender EO. I love to grow it and run my fingers through it and inhale the delightful smell.


  7. April 16, 2018
    My favorite herb is easy to grow, although some folks tell me to leave it alone. Forget about the refreshing tea. They say Spearmint is just a weed. My neighborhood cat agrees with me: the hint of spearmint is so inviting. It makes refreshing mixed drinks, and delights the mouth when a sprig is chewed. Frozen or fresh it adds pleasure toothpaste or any dish. Dries up nicely and stores even better. The taste is pure adventure. I would like to see it growing in the mountains of Morocco.


  8. Chives….good with just about anything…grows like crazy and when I’m out gardening just touching it and releasing that mild oniony smell…YUM.


  9. My favorite herb is lavender – in particular ‘Hidcote’ because it has vivid lavender blue flowers spikes and is compact. Lavender is such a versatile plant. Use it as an ornamental for edging in the garden, The silver gray leaves give a wonderful accent and texture to the flower bed and the deer don’t like it. The flowers and the leaves release an intoxicating heavenly scent that reportedly soothes the nerves. The flowers make a delightful wreath and potpourri. They can be added to cookies to give a subtle herby taste and infused in lemonade give a whole new meaning to that summer thirst quencher.


  10. Thyme is my absolute favorite herb. Not only does it manage to survive harsh winters here, but from the first warming spring sunshine it lends a delicious fragrance to my tiny kitchen garden. And it is so prolific, there is always plenty to season any dish I’m making. A little bit of heaven, this one.


  11. Basil is my favorite because it is easy to start and grow, smells wonderful – all varieties, not only makes salads and other recipes complete, but inspires my tomato plants to make more flowers (makes them feel sexy when the basil oil is released in the sunshine!) resulting in more tomatoes. And everyone knows tomatoes, basil, and fresh mozzarella drizzled with a little balsamic dressing is fabulous.


  12. My favorite herb is basil. What is better than pesto made by hand with fresh basil? Useful in the kitchen, the garden landscape, as an ornamental in arrangements, a pollinator for the bees and it loves our Texas summer heat.


  13. My favorite herb is parsley. It has health benefits. It is a great landscape plant, making a nice green border at the front of my perennial garden. It makes things I cook look better. And it is a host plant for swallowtail butterflies.


  14. It is tough to choose only one but Rosemary is probably my favorite. It’s flavor is delightful in pasta, salads, and especially breads and rolls. I also like it in a rub for meats.


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