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How to Grow Ginseng: A Guide To Identifying, Growing, And Harvesting American Ginseng by D.K. Hall gives readers all the information they need about growing ginseng, especially American ginseng and how to take care of it from the seed stages to harvest. The book also sheds light on the history of its sacred traditional roots which, though steeped in culture, are not common knowledge. Reading this book is a good way to discover and learn about ginseng, its history, and the significance it has on world culture. Knowing more about this plant is an adventurous journey and will help readers understand and respect it. Let us take this journey along with the author into the world of ginseng and explore its cultural significance, market values, and how it is perceived in modern times.
How to Grow Ginseng is an interesting book that gives details about ginseng in an engaging way. The author speaks about the topic extensively and shares photographs that give clarity to the subject. The photographs will also help readers identify a ginseng plant the next time they see it. The difference between Asian ginseng and American ginseng is discussed and the author also speaks about ginseng's companion plants that can be found in areas where ginseng grows natively. The book also covers the common pests and diseases this plant can get and how to get rid of them. D.K. Hall also speaks about the methods of caring for ginseng; stratification, sanitization, washing, drying and storing, and how and when to harvest the cultivated ginseng seeds and roots. The author's approach to the topic is not long and preachy; instead, D.K. Hall pulls readers in with excellent narrative skills that impart knowledge about the plant and demonstrate her love for nature.