Gardening is where my soul escapes.
A secret place where no one needs me… no one is calling my name… no one is demanding my attention.
Gardening is my refuge.
I want to show others how to fall in love with gardening. How to create their own refuge and secret space. I want to instill this passion in every person dreaming of a having a little spot of their own to grow in. I want to inspire the avid gardener to create something new and different. Despite the size, style or location of your garden, it should be an extension of your heart and soul. I hope today I’ll stir that up in you…
Here are a few tips and ideas on how to create your own Kitchen Garden!
*If at all possible, put your kitchen garden as close to the house near an entry door for he ease of gathering the bounty for your meals.
*There should be an accessible water source so a sprinkler can be used.
*Sketch your garden plan layout and what you’d like to incorporate before you start. Get the proper info on each plant and know how much space you’ll need for growth habits. I’ve too often crammed things in thinking, “It’ll be fine…” not giving ample room. The end result is me climbing over and through a mass of plants.
*Use container’s in your garden to help keep more aggressive and heavy re-seeders where you want them.
*Adding both non-edible and edible flowers will add practical functionality, beauty and charm!
*Take before and after photos to monitor the progress and growth through the years.
Kitchen gardens are commonly referred to as a potager. These ornamental gardens were inspired and originated in France. The definition of this French word is simply, vegetable garden and is pronounced “por-ta-jj”.
Historically the potager was most similar to the traditional English cottage garden. It was based mainly on vegetables and other edible plants and herbs, often incorporating some cut flower plants for the household.
Now that you’ve got the how-to on creating a kitchen garden, I hope you’ll start dreaming of your own refuge… your own secret place… your own garden.