Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Beauty of a Kitchen Garden

This is what I see looking out my kitchen windows.....parsley and chives.

When the shades are completely open, the kitchen garden is in front of me with a background of a couple of miles of rolling hills. Lucky for me, these old windows were stored in the barn when I purchased the farm. Originally, there was one very small window centered over the sink.

Sometimes, when you are cooking, you just need a sprig of fresh parsley or a couple leaves of a herb like oregano. That is part of the beauty of having the kitchen garden so close to the farmhouse.

Or a handful of lettuce to add to the sandwich I am making for lunch.



The sage, planted last summer, is still going strong.

The romaine lettuce needs another couple of weeks of growing before it is ready for a salad.

The Brussels Sprouts have a long way to go in growing.

The Arugula is almost ready to snip and add to my salad.

The good thing about keeping it small, especially in the cooler months, I can easily cover the entire space if the temperature drops. Gardening weather from November through February is unpredictable. I may have a day of 75 degrees and the next evening it might drop to 32 degrees. And before the week is over, it can go back to the 75 degrees.

In summer months I also keep at least one tomato plant, several varieties of peppers and many more tender herbs.

I hope this inspires you to give it a try....remember, some of this can be grown in containers!

Meggie Mac


  1. What a beautiful home you have Meggie. This post is exactly what I needed - all that green leafy growth has really refreshed my spirits and I am eagerly anticipating Spring so that we can get cracking on our kitchen garden again.

  2. I learned to cook with herbs from my mother and now I always try to have some fresh herbs growing either in pots or a small garden too! Your garden is spectacular for a winter garden! I just planted lots of lettuce and and anxious for it to grow! Thanks for sharing

  3. I love seeing all your green, the blue trim is in my entry way , Its my little Scandinavian room...

  4. Hi, just a quick note to let you know I have nominated your blog for the versatile blogger award, for full details check out my blog! Suzy x

  5. Hi Meggie, how green and lovely your herbs look! Sounds like you have a lovely view from your kitchen. Just read the above comment, congratulations on your award! xxx

  6. What a stunning kitchen (I love all the windows!) and beautiful kitchen garden. I have many of those same things growing in summer in a little raised bed just off the front porch. It's perfect, as you said, for those quick cuttings you need while preparing a meal.


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