Hi there. I’m Amy
Welcome to Indoor Herb Gardener
Hello. Hello. I am soooo happy you are here. Do you want to grow your own herbs too? You know it’s a beautiful thing to walk 10 steps to your spare room and cut off some fresh basil for the pizza you’re about to make. 🍕
But hold up. Before I go down the rabbit hole (so to speak) of how fabulous freshly picked fresh herbs are for us, you are here because you want to know a little more about who is behind Indoor Herb Gardener.
I was born and raised in Phoenix, AZ. I had an unusual childhood, as my parents were party-loving hippies who hosted a ton of parties (toga party anyone? 🥳).
My mom wasn’t a fan of cooking, so my typical meals consisted of pot roast with carrots and potatoes, or ground beef tacos and canned refried beans (frankly, this was one of my favorites!) – and fresh herbs were NEVER on the menu! Suffice it to say, I didn’t grow up with much of a food repertoire and was a terribly, terribly picky eater. In fact, my mom would have to hide the onions in the food, or I refused to eat them!
Fast forward to 2011, I suddenly began feeling really lousy. My energy totally disappeared, I had become very forgetful (left the stove on for hours once), and my face turned this gray color. Frankly, it all scared the bejeezers out of me.
But because I had been raised by hippy, naturalist-kinda parents, instead of immediately making a doctor appointment, I started researching my symptoms online. I realized almost immediately that my crappy diet was a major problem. Because I was a calorie-conscious gym rat at the time, my meals consisted of a LOT of chicken breast, a little bit of bread, and whatever side dish out of a box I made. Everysinglenight.
So the night I figured this out, I informed my sweet hubs, Kevin, I was going vegetarian. His response? “But you don’t eat vegetables,” which was true – but I was going to learn because I knew that’s what my body so desperately needed. I had been starving it of nutrients for a really long time…and Kevin, bless his heart, said he would go veg-only with me. 🥰
In 2013, Kevin and I moved to South Florida. 🏖️ The thing I noticed immediately was that there was a serious lack of fresh and affordable produce in their grocery stores AND the prices were sky high.
So, I decided to begin growing my own veggies. I’m not gonna lie, it was not pretty at first. I was literally starting from zero knowledge. The only plants I had ever grown were the occasional houseplant my mom gave me. I didn’t know what soil to buy. I didn’t know pots required drainage holes. I didn’t know there were such things as growing zones. I had to learn all of that over time.
I have to admit I caught the bug pretty quickly though.
There is something incredibly special (and Divine) about putting those tiny seeds in some dirt and seeing a green little sprout emerge, which eventually became something I can actually eat. 🙏
In 2016, we moved from the Keys to the Florida Panhandle where not only did I scale up my veggie garden but I also began growing my own herbs. 🌿 Some were in my greenhouse and some in my spare room. I prefer the spare room though because I can rely on those herbs year round!
Are you just starting out and have the bug too – or do you want that bug? LOL. Then let’s get you started. Go here to discover how to grow your own culinary herbs indoors too!