Thank you for stopping by. My name is Kelyee (Kelly.) As a kid, I want to grow my own veggies and herbs for my family. Because nothing tastes better than home cooking with the stuff you grow. And the memories when mom uses to make them, fresh from her garden. Now, I want to follow in her footsteps.
Who I Am
Let me give you a little background of why I’m so passionate about wanting to grow my own herb/vegetable garden. I grew up watching my mother grew everything. She had a green thumb, for me not much. Planting for her was a way of life. That’s what I grew up learning.
When I lived in California the weather was nice and we had rain in the Summer, more like, June gloom, but the weather was never over 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Finding a place to grow things was a little challenging, however, when you find a space for your herb/vegetable garden everything you seeded, sprout. I had never had to worry about IF my seeds will sprout. It always does.
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 herb/vegetable garden, has skyrocketed to the moon. Everything, I had learned while I was in California… just put it on 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), arid, 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. I cover them up from mid-April every year until October.
For my vegetable, I knew I have to replant and harvest every year. I have also learned 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 Hmong herbs.
I had to learn about warm weather plants and cool weather plants. However, over the years I realized that my collard greens, mustard greens, and hot Peter pipper chili peppers plants thrive in the AZ summer heat, uncovered. Wow!
Why Do I Want To Help You
It’s not about helping you it’s about learning together. So that, I can grow as an individual. I don’t want to lose the culture of our ways of living and preserving what has been handed down to us from our ancestors. I have found that many of our younger generations have lost this practice. Some of us haven’t, but many are most of us, we, are either born or raised in the States and most of us had forgotten our native tongue. So, when finding specific herbs for our postpartum chicken diet soup, no one knows the name of any of these herbs.
I have not found a web page about growing the Hmong herbs or vegetables. This website will help the younger Hmong generation find what they need in terms of which herbs to use postpartum and vegetables to grow and why we call them Hmong plants.
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 term. I found one website that talks about the care of postpartum but nothing about the usage of the herbs.
Update: July 20, 2018, I recently found a website that’s in both English and Hmong about the usage of the Hmong herbs in the chicken diet soup, however, they don’t have the Hmong herb names in English and I like mine to be the first one to have both. However, I don’t have a Hmong version of my website yet. Maybe in the future.
Since I have learned 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 problem 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 a few things 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 live play a part in growing fresh food. (Yeah, I know it’s just common sense.) Not until I screw up a few times. See the learning experience!
My goals are to help you grow your herbs and vegetables to their 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 about 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 you for coming!
If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out. Now go take on the day! Challenge the unknown.
All the best,
Certified Master Gardener
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