Herb Gardening and the Thousand Year Flood in Franklin, Tn
I absolutely love growing herbs... especially for use in crafting. I am continually experimenting with different herbal tea recipes and really enjoy a mixture of the lemon herbs such as lemon grass, lemon verbena, and lemon balm made with our own honey from our own bee hives. We didn't even realize bees love herbs more than any other plant, but herbs sure do make the honey and the tea fabulous!
I started my love affair with herbs when I purchased one artimesia plant about 20 years ago. After learning about crafting with herbs from Phyliss Shaudy's book entitled Herbal Treasures, I was totally hooked on herbs. Now, my hobby has turned into a real passion and business.
This one little artimesia plant (which has now been condemned to our field where it now takes up a row with dimensions of 5x20) started me on a journey of growing, harvesting, and crafting with herbs and everlasting flowers.
For the past 20 years, I have been able to sell my crafts at Yarrow Acres in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee. I also have an e-book available on our website www.Mid-South-Gardening-Advice.com all about growing and using herbs that might be helpful to those of you wanting to experiment with growing your own wonderful herbs for experimenting with your own special tea blends.
If you love herbs and tea, Franklin is a great place to visit. There's a really cool shop a few doors down from Yarrow Acres called Franklin Tea which carries wonderful tea and accessories. Yarrow Acres itself has all kinds of cool gardening related items as well as organic honey for your tea!
I need to tell you a "funny" story here. Coming up in May, The Herb Society of America is having it's Annual Educational Conference here in Nashville May 27th-29.
Our garden was one of the gardens picked for one the pre-conference tours. Wouldn't you know it, we just had our "one-in-a-thousand-year-flood" here this past week-end? And guess which area of our yard had a river running through it. Yep, our herb garden!
Not to worry though, we will have it back in order and looking even better than it would have since we have had to redo some of it.
I'll check back in with you and send an "after-the-storm" shot once we get it all finished! Until then, I think I'll sit and have a nice cup of tea!
Thanks for sharing Julia
I too enjoy growing herbs. Even though I live in a hi-rise 22 stories up I make an attempt every year. I have a small but lovely terrace that gets afternoon sun. My problem is I am closed in on three sides with a concrete half wall facing the sun.
Last year I did quite well with Lemon Balm, Catnip, Rosemary and Basil. I did container gardening and moved the plants around to get as much sun as possible. I came up with a great recipe for fish using the lemon balm. That was a nice surprise.
Julia, definitely keep us posted on what you are growing.
Connie and Crew