|Lori at Urban Herbs||
Joined Jun 18 2010
I'm doing it! Who would have thought that growing some companion plants for my vegie garden about 20 years ago in Spokane, WA would turn into a half acre (so far) herb park in Missoula, Mt!
Back in Spokane, I was directed to get some info from the State AG Association to answer some questions on growing healthy plants organically in the shorter growing season of the Inland Northwest. Some of the plants listed were traditionally medicinal herbs...and we're off! I was intrigued when I got some books on herbs that include the folklore, research and history of herbology. I thought,"I'm going to grow some things that help my family health issues." One of the listed sources in my first book was The Herb Farm in Carnation, WA, so I started buying their organic herb starts and seeds and making my own little garden.
By the time we moved to Missoula, my husband thought I was nuts to move 135 buckets of perennial herbs with me...everything from nerve tonics to resperatory help species.You see, we didn't need all those herbs for our personal use, but I was having so much fun making dried herb teas and crafts and selling at local craft fairs, I couldn't quit! I even got some info from a neice of a Medicine man of a local tribe that got me thinking and learning more. I really believe that God put plants in each area of the earth to benefit the inhabitants in that locale.
Now, I have added as many local species to my garden as I can. All this is happening during my "spare" time since I work full time as a hair stylist Mon. - Fri. I am not an herbalist, but an herb enthusiast just learning and growing as I go.
Some day, when I get to retire from my profession, I want to have a full acre U-Pick Herb Park where people can come to pick fresh herbs in a beautiful setting and learn how to incorporate both culinary and traditionally medicinal herbs into a quality lifestyle during our growing season as well as dried herbs out of season. Each year, I take another baby step in my dream as time and materials allow. This season, I have 4 u-pick days planned and a possible Pesto Party TBA if crops and weather allow. Grow with me and enjoy the fruits of my labor!