The Simple Heart of Life herb shop (1486 Turkey Farm Road, Bluffs, Illinois), offers hands-on herbal workshops the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. Our unique herbal projects are geared towards every skill level; from the beginner to the herbal expert. If interested in participating in a workshop, please post a message below, call … More Our Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule Herbal Favorites
“Jack Frost was in the garden, I saw him there at dawn. He was dancing round the bushes and prancing on the lawn.” -John P. Smeeton After a cold, crisp October night that heralded temperatures into the upper 30’s, (without frost, so far 🙂 I decided it might be a good time to share tips … More Are You Ready for Winter?
Herbs for Every Season… Did you know that herbs are versatile and can be used throughout the year? With a little preparation and know-how, you and your family can enjoy the wonders of herbs even in the middle of winter. Of course herbs offer great flavor for the dinner table, but these wonderous little plants … More 2017 Fall & Winter Workshop Schedule
Did you know that herbs have been used (and depended upon) for centuries for flavor, health and home sanitation? Our ancestors utilized a ‘kitchen garden’ of herbs outside their door for adding flavor to their basic menus and knew the value of herbs for keeping their family and home healthy. Why not discover how to unlock … More 2017 Summer Workshop Schedule-The Usefulness of Herbs
“The amen! of nature is always a flower.” –Holmes Early every March the spectacular migration of the Monarch butterfly from Mexico, parts of southern Florida and southern California begins. The migrating butterflies will head north, and the second generation will make it to our area in the corn-belt states in May. Some may go even … More Winged Signs of Spring
Every January, men and women across the globe make promises to themselves, family and friends about changes they intend to make to better themselves and their lives during the new year. Why not make 2017 the year when you actually keep some (or all) of these promises? Herbs (and our herbal workshops) can help you … More 2017- A Year of Possibilities
Lately there has been a lot of publicity about the dwindling number of Monarch butterflies. My understanding is that an unexpected winter (sleet) storm drastically affected the number of Monarchs this March in their overwintering area in Mexico. As a result, thousands died, leaving a much smaller number to migrate north. This is devastating news … More The Plight of All Pollinators
Did you know that late summer (into fall) is the best time to cut and dry herbs in preparation for winter projects? Did you also know that fall is a good time to plant perennials including herbs and bulbs in order to establish strong root systems? This includes milkweeds, a group of plants Monarch butterflies … More Nature’s Harvest…Our 2016 Fall and Winter Event & Workshop Schedule
Every gardener either already knows or soon finds out that Mother Nature can be quite a challenge to get along with. When you till and plant the earth, you must learn how to strike a balance between the results you want and what the varmints and conditions of nature will allow you to have. This … More Friend or Foe?
The above is a question that I am frequently asked by my herbal customers, friends, family and acquaintances. It seems that a lot of people are interested in herbs but have concerns about planting them and do not know what to do with them after they have planted them. It is also a question that … More What Do You Do With Them (Herbs)? or Herbs 101