Thank you for stopping by. My name is Kelyee (Kelly.) OH MY GARDEN (OMG) is boring plant talk. I have decided to share my experience in growing organic vegetables from backyard to your table.
I guess it started out when I watched my mother grew her own herbs and vegetables since I was a kid.
As an adult I want to grow my own veggies and herbs for my family. Because nothing taste better then home cooking with the stuff you grow. And the memories when mom use to make them, fresh from her garden. I want to follow in her foot steps.
A little bit about my background.
This is why I’m passionate about wanting to grow my own herb/vegetable garden. I grew up watching my mother grew everything. She has a green thumb, for me not much. Farming for her was a way of life. Back in Thailand she was a farmer. She grew and raised farm animals. Then in 1979 we came to America.
When we got sponsored to come to America she left all that behind, however, she never stop growing vegetables where ever we lived.
Fast forward to the present. When I lived in California the weather was nice and we had rain the summer was never over 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Finding a place to grow things was a little challenging but when you find a real estate for your herb/vegetable garden everything you seeded, sprout.
I had never have to worried about If, my seeds will sprout? It’s always when, it sprout.
Now, that I’m living in the desert southwest of Arizona. Things here are a little different… Okay make that a major change in my everything in my knowledge of growing any herb/vegetable garden has skyrocketed to the moon. Everything I had learned while I was in California, just put it in the back burner and don’t even look at it, start fresh.
Why? Omg! Let me emphasize the word DESERT hahaha. Desert! How am I going to plant anything in the desert? It’s hot, dry (dry heat), hardly any rain, and the temperature at its worst is 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the Summer! Everything wilted and died in front of me and there’s nothing I can do about it but watched helplessly, dying a little each time myself.
I went through two years of watching my garden died and I had to replant every year especially my herbs that I worked so hard to keep alive, all gone.
My herbs are perennial. I learn that if I cover them up with sun shades they will live, sometimes thrives during the hot months. That’s when I cover them up from May every year until October.
Can you imagine growing food on that? Will I tried for two years, failed miserably but I didn’t give up.
For my vegetable I knew I have to replant and harvest every year. I have also learn when to plant my collard greens, muster greens, carrots, beets, and lettuces, all my greens. As well as my salsa recipe like tomatoes, leeks, cilantro (coriander), jalapenos, and many others plus my other herbs.
Not only do I want to help you I’m also learning at the same time.
I have wanted to start a blog for a very long time. So, I stumble across Wealthy Affiliate, they host and maintain my website plus I could build my website through them.
I’m Hmong. What is Hmong you ask well… I can tell you that it’s Asian. We don’t have a country so like I tell people, we’re like the gypsy, we live where ever they let us and pull up tent. Some would say mountain people. Oh like my husband would say, “go watch Gran Torino” directed by Clint Eastwood “that’s Hmong people.”
I have found that many of our younger generations has lost interest in being a natural herbalist. Many Hmong people are herbalist by trade and farmers. I wanted to share what I’ve learn from my mom and share my findings and growing food with not only Hmong’s future but everyone who wants to go green.
Some of us haven’t but, many are most of us, we are born and raised in the States and most of us had forgotten our native tongue. So when finding a specific herbs for our postpartum chicken diet no one knows the name to any of these plants.
I have not found a web page about growing the herbs or vegetable garden that will help the younger Hmong generation find what they need in terms of what herbs to use postpartum or food to make.
For us Hmong it is very important to maintain a healthy diet consist of only chicken products after birth for 30 days. We call it the purification days and we must use certain herbs for those days. It’s essential because it will not help you now but, in the long run. I found one website that talks about the care of postpartum but nothing about the herbs usage.
Since I have learn a lot from my experience and experiment on how to grow in the desert. I would love to extend my knowledge to anyone who is having a problems with growing vegetables. It had worked for me for four years now and I have been in the desert southwest for nearly nine years I have learned and few thing here and there.
I remembered my frustrations when I first started growing my greens and nothing grew and if it did it would not last long enough for a good harvest. The weather and where you lives plays a part of growing fresh food. (Yeah I know it’s just common sense.) Not until I screw up a few times. See learning experience!
My goals are to help you grow your herbs and vegetables to its potential. Especially in the arid weather or anywhere. Follow my experience for fun and giggles. Take what you want to learn and laugh at what you want. I’m here to have fun. And that’s what it’s all about, FUN.
If you’re not having fun doing the things you’re passionate and love to do then it’s no use doing it. I’ll teach you a few things and in return you may teach me a few things. It’s also about helping each other out. See y’all later. Thank for coming!
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A little warning. While looking through my blogs if you come to a word you don’t understand it’s in Hmong. My blogs are in Hmong and English. Now go take on the day, challenge the unknown.
All the best,