Meet Catherine, the Herb Lover!

 Here's a bit about myself and what brought me to writing about herbs, my favorite green plants.
First of all, my grandfather was a farmer, and some of my fondest memories are of wandering about the farm gathering eggs, playing with the barn kitties, watching my cousin fall into the pigpen … Yes, it really was funny, especially since she should have listened to me and not sat on the fence!  I think I somehow got the blame for that one (I got the blame for lots of things with her), but that time  it wasn’t my fault … really it wasn’t.
My grandparents grew a huge garden at their home in town, and I spent lots of time “helping” Grandma in the garden.  I also spent plenty of time shelling peas, snapping beans, and shucking corn; which I didn’t really enjoy at the time, but find to be a very enjoyable activity these days. So, I suppose you could say farming is in my blood!  Sadly, the only herb I remember anyone in my family growing was dill for the many jars of pickles that were canned each summer.

As for my love of herbs, shortly after I graduated from high school, I moved away from my hometown to a nearby city to escape small town life.  While living in a tiny apartment I discovered little pots of herbs for sale at the grocery store.  I fell in love immediately with those little green things that looked beautiful, smelled divine, and even tasted good!  Soon, my tiny balcony was filled with containers of herbs, flowers, and even a few veggies.   In those early years of learning about herbs and gardening, I am certain I bought more plants at the grocery store than I did food!
It wasn’t long before I began reading everything I could find on herbs and gardening, buying every new plant I could find at the local nurseries, and then seeking out herb farms and little herb shops within driving distance from my home.  My days off at the veterinary clinic were spent “herb hunting”!  I also began learning all I could about herbal medicine, aromatherapy, and natural healing.
When my husband and I got married, we spent part of our honeymoon planting our first garden!  In those days (before children), we came home from work and went immediately into the garden, or off on a journey hunting for new things to grow.
Since those early days of herbal discovery, I’ve grown and used herbs everywhere I’ve lived.  My husband and I have moved several times over the past 19 years, and have planted gardens everywhere possible.  When we spent a year in an apartment complex, I put everything I could into containers and grew a tiny garden on the porch outside our front door.  My family grew a large suburban community garden with friends a few years ago, I've gardened in a small plot in an urban community garden, and now I have lots of space, but hardly any soil, so my herbs are planted in raised beds and containers.
 I still dream of having a “real” farm filled with lush beds of herbs, vegetables, and fruits someday;  but I made the decision years ago to bloom where I’m planted until that day comes.

On this blog I focus my writing on using herbs in the home, healing with herbs, aromatherapy, and of course herb gardening. 
I’d also love to know what types of herbal things you are interested in reading about, so don’t be shy- send me an email or post a comment! 

Herbal Blessings,
Catherine
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