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Kitchen Garden Blog : Garden Plans

Kitchen Garden Blog : Planning a Kitchen Garden.

Several years ago, the garden resembled an allotment patch and provided bumper crops of a range of fruit and vegetables that might usually only be found in a local farm shop, albeit on a smaller scale...

Blog about a kitchen garden.
Planning the kitchen garden.

There can be ups and downs as a gardener - but efforts creating a kitchen garden back then, which had involved a great deal of time and physical work to be rewarded with those bumper crops, came to a grinding halt.

Attention had been taken elsewhere out of necessity, and the kitchen garden had slowly returned to its natural state of weeds and grasses, from which it had begun…

On cold winter days, with a hot chocolate or, perhaps, a cup of tea...gardeners imagine how they want their gardens to be, come the summer months.

The plan was to make the change and start growing fruit and vegetables, again - to eat them and, this time round, to paint them!

And so it was, a few winters ago, with snow and rain outside making the garden appear most uninviting, that ideas for a new kitchen garden were jotted down.

The summer weather arrived...and faded - and the garden remained as it was, with weeds, wildflowers and wildlife – but no fruit or vegetable plots.

'Gardens are not made by sitting in the shade.' (Proverb)

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