This corner of our yard has become such a lifeblood for our family; a constant hub of activity, of gentle meandering, of careful weeding and sometimes, just sitting happily on the side of a garden bed dreaming of what this garden will become.
We started with a big ugly overgrown mess; piles of broken concrete, empty pots cracking from too much time in the sun, compost bins buckling from the burden of seemingly never been emptied; roses with thorns the size of my littlest love’s fingers snagged little shirts whenever we walked passed.
We tried to clean it our ourselves. We chipped away at it, but it was an overwhelming task for us. So we saved some pennies and…
And then we had a clean slate to work with. The anxieties I felt for that space were gone, now replaced by optimism and anticipation. And with that our little garden has begun to grow; the first cucumber flowers, the first tiny tomatoes, little lettuces have popped their heads up and our raspberries are heavy with fruit.
The kitchen garden will be a major part of Jack and Sarah’s homeschooling. Together we will learn about:
- how plants grow – nurturing plants from seeds
- which seasons different plants grow best
- caring for plants – sowing, mulching, watering, weeding
- harvesting plants
- companion planting
- edible flowers and natural bug repellents
- preparing foods: cooking, preserving and storing
- the role of the weather and how it influences plant growth – rain/sun/frost/wind
- soil quality and preparing soil
- different plant families
- building and maintaining a worm farm
And so very much more as the days roll by and the seasons change.
Our kitchen garden design
I’m hoping to keep you up to date with our gardening adventures. We are planning our chicken coop at the moment. Jack and Sarah have drawn up designs, we’ve researched what chickens need to be comfortable, and we are almost at the building stage. Oh this garden is so very much fun.
I’m looking forward to showing you their designs as well as the progress in the kitchen garden next month. You can follow #thekitchengarden on Instagram too if you like. I’m @kate_aneverydaystory. I’d love to see some photos of your kitchen garden too.