Hi, I’m Edna Kelly and I like to play in the dirt. Gardening, that is. I’m more or less retired from “real” work, so these days you can usually find me puttering around in the garden, in the shadehouse or with the chickens. My goal is to grow or produce as much of our own food as possible.
Recently, I got interested in ‘herbalism’. We grow (and sell) a lot of herbs here and I like being able to tell people about the plants they are buying. So, I started doing a lot of reading on the various herbs we grow. I was stunned to find out that the common kitchen herbs we use regularly are more than just a nice flavor addition. Each of them has medicinal value, too! Yep, that basil we use so freely in our pesto and sauce can also relieve pain. Oregano can be used to make an herbal cough remedy. That ugly weed that was so difficult to control in my yard when I lived “up north” is actually a wonderful antiseptic, antibacterial plant that stops the pain of fire ant bites in an instant. And the list goes on…
Plants can do so much more than I ever realized. I’ve enrolled in an on-line course to learn more about these things that grow around us, both cultivated and planned and the wild ones we call weeds that grow wherever they choose. I’m learning how to make salves, ointments, lotions, soaps… all with the healing power of the herbs I grow.
I can’t possibly be the only nut in the world trying to do this, so I’m sharing my experiences as we go along, trying to convert a “very big back yard” into a productive mini-farm that an old lady and her grandchildren can handle. We will be expanding our mini-farm to include our own little apothecary as we go along. Just another step toward self-sufficiency in an urban setting.
So… come join me, if you don’t mind playing in the dirt!