About Carolee

After 40 years as a professional herb and lavender grower, I now garden just for fun in my brand new potager, located in Zone 5, central Indiana.  Of course, I must have flowers as well, so there are gardens around my home, as well as a new berry patch.  When I’m not in the gardens, I’m writing “herbal fiction,” experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen, preserving my harvest, or traveling to visit great gardens and gardening events.  Visit my website at www.caroleesherbfarm.com for hundreds of photos of my former gardens, the lavender field, recipes, monthly newsletter, and lots more.  Information on my four “herbal fiction” novels, “Herbal Beginnings,” “Herbal Choices,” “Herbal Passions,” and “Herbal Blessings,” appears there, as well as an on-line shop.  The books can also be found at Amazon.  They are a delicious blend of romance, mystery, gardening tips, and herbal lore.


In an earlier, much younger life, back in 1977, my family moved from the Chicago area to a dilapidated 20 acre farm in southern Indiana.  We were “back-to-the-landers” and grew nearly all our own food:  huge vegetable garden (to meet our needs and do farmers’ markets twice a week), chickens (my friend and I could butcher and can 80 in a day), hogs (I learned to butcher, cure hams & bacon), dairy goats (I made cheese & yogurt twice a week), sheep (learned to hand shear, card, spin on a wheel my father-in-law made for me one Christmas, and knit hats, scarves and mittens…never made it to socks!)  and rabbits (learned to butcher, tan  and make house slippers from hides.) Kept bees and grew, pressed, and cooked down sorghum into molasses.  Foraged everything edible:  mushrooms, paw paws, persimmons, greens, etc.  Grew my own grains (wheat, rye, corn, buckwheat) which I scythed, threshed (in a small mechanical thresher my dad built for me ala Gene Logsdon’s book “Small Scale Grain Raising” instructions) and ground for flour (actually the 3 kids did most of the grinding in exchange for watching tv…amazing how selective their programming becomes!)  I began my herb farm in 1978, had display gardens, held festivals often attended by 5,000 visitors.  Years passed.  The kids went off to college, 21 acres of field production and doing markets was too much work for me and I remarried and moved to north central Indiana.  There I established my second, down-sized herb farm (the one on my website) and concentrated on growing plants for retail, plus operating a Big Barn Gift Shop and 22 display gardens and the lavender field.  Now I just play!


12 Responses to About Carolee

  1. Mary Ann Scher says:

    Enjoyed visiting with you this weekend at your sale. Thank you for so many wonderful items to add to my supplies. Especially love the ” Herbs” fence. Enjoy your trip to visit with your children!


    • carolee says:

      And thank you for the journal. I will use it to record all the happenings on our trip. So glad to see some of my much-loved things go to special people. Herbal blessings.


  2. Karen B says:

    Gosh! What a wealth of experience you must have Carolee! I so wish I could pop round and meet you. I LOVE herbs and Lavender AND I have a potager. We do seem to have a few things in common and I can’t wait to see what you create next! This is going to be fun!

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  3. Lou Miller says:

    Good morning! I LOVE the blog about your new gardens. I know it is a big change for you but I know, too, that you have more time to really enjoy what you do. I am re-reading your series of books now for the third time and enjoying it just as much as the first time. I have a small perennial/herb garden and it gives me so much pleasure. Watching things grow is a true blessing. Have a great day and may the weather realize it IS truly spring! Lou Miller

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    • carolee says:

      So glad you are reading the blog, and re-reading my books!I am savoring every daffodil this season. Sure seems odd not to frantically prepare for Opening Day though. And, I will miss hosting Fairy Days. Herbal blessings, Carolee


  4. sicelidas says:

    glad to be reminded about pruning berries, also advised how to know which ones to cut (lucky that deer outside our fence). Inside voles have done damage, undermined even thyme & little maple.


  5. Wow! Have just read about you and your lovely-sounding gardens, old and new. I first heard about you when you responded to my own latest blog post about saving seeds. I wondered where you were located, curious about the snowy photograph of your new potager….now I know! Interesting, and I have started to follow your blog, so now I know that when the daffs are blooming its time to plant the peas! That’s good, I still have time, as the first daff here just unfurled itself yesterday here in my northwest coast island garden. Looking forward to hearing more. Thank you. C.L.


    • carolee says:

      Thank you for taking time to read. I love gardening, and cant wait to get more planting done in the potager. If the weather would only cooperate! I found some seeds I have not cleaned yet…what was I doing all winter? Not sorting through stuff enough, apparently. 🙂

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      • Yes, the weather out west is not cooperating very well either….still really chilly. I hope things warm up soon! I ask myself the same thing, about what was going on all winter long, as I look at the piles of things that did NOT get done! Never enough time, it seems! Happy spring!


  6. Lovely to meet you Carolee.. and I suspect with a book like that behind you, you can teach me a thing or two.. 🙂 Many thanks for visiting my blog.. I answer posts with my main blog as replies to my garden logo do not get into my notifications box..
    I look forward to following you..


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