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Lifestyle/Health: Vegetables, Herbs, Flowers and Oils


Do you like growing a garden?

We do. This year we are expanding our garden, including many more vegetables and herbs. I will be sharing more about our garden and the plans we are making in the upcoming months.

We grow tomatoes and one cherry tomato plant for our granddaughter Penelope. She just loves them! We also grow potatoes, asparagus, strawberries, peppers, onions, zucchini, egg plant, green beans, cucumbers, lettuce, banana melon and maybe more to come!

I am growing herbs too. Cilantro, basil, chives, parsley, mint, dill, sage, thyme and echinacea. I also bought two lavender plants. I just love the smell!

We make our own salsa and tomato juice. Our tomato juice also has peppers and onions in it, which is delicious in chili!

We also freeze tomatoes and peppers. It is a lot of work, but it is well worth it! Fresh, home grown veggies are better than any store bought ones!

We also enjoy grilling vegetables. Stir fry on the grill is good for the taste buds. Seasoning makes the difference. That is where the herbs come in. I freeze some and dry some. I am new to this, but I am learning!

We bought a green house this year to start our vegetables and flowers in. If things go as planned, Jeff will be building a bigger and better green house!

Jeff teases me about planting flowers. He says they aren’t edible so why plant them? I find the beauty of flowers very calming and soothing. The color they spring from their stems is so beautiful! I even planted more this year! I can’t wait to watch their vibrant colors come to life!

I am also a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils. They are fantastic and have many uses. One of which is seasoning. There is a black pepper oil, nutmeg, ginger and so on. I just started getting more of the seasoning oils, so I will let you know how I use them in the future. They are very healthy and chemical free! I diffuse them, make roll-ons to wear to help with allergies, sinus problems, etc. Someone commented on how much they liked my perfume the other day. I had oils on! And, yes they smell wonderful! Penelope loves them. She is only 2 1/2 and comes up to me, wrists out, waiting for me to put some on her!

If you are interested in oils, contact me. I have many on hand that you can smell. I can also order them for you. They are the best oils available, in my opinion.

I will be posting many pictures of our endeavors over the summer. Healthy living is a passion for us. I hope to inspire others to take the same path. And, it is good for the soul. Jeff and I spend a lot of time outside in the spring, summer and early fall months, working in the garden and spending time together. This summer, Penelope will help us when she is here visiting. We bought her little garden tools and a wheelbarrow to put the veggies in! She loves to pick her tomatoes!

We have so much going on this summer. As I said, more to come! I can’t wait to share our adventure with all of you! Have a wonderful day! The sun is shining! I need some Vitamin D. How about you?

Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love! Sitting Bull

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About katcountryhub
I am a graduate of Northeast Community College with a degree in journalism. I am married to Jeff Gilliland. We have two grown children, Justin and Whitney and four grandchildren, Grayce, Grayhm, Charli and Penelope. I will be covering Lyons, Decatur, Bancroft and Rosalie and am hoping to expand my horizons as time progresses!

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