The Kitchen Garden
A combination of realizing the need for a “Zone 1″ vegetable garden and the fact that we are not fans of turf grass, pushed us to develop our Kitchen Garden in 2013. This might be the smartest thing we’ve done since we started gardening! We couldn’t be more pleased with the Kitchen Garden — it’s attractive, it’s handy to use and maintain, and it grows some awesome food!
We dug out a large area of turf in front of our house, laid a paved path leading to the house, and constructed a stone and urbanite wall to define the perimeter of the garden space. We filled the garden with leaf compost, sheep manure and bedding, and straw. The production from this garden is amazing!
“Zone 1″ refers to a permaculture design concept where you balance proximity with need/use. While we still enjoy gardening in the Community Garden, and do our production growing in the Eco-garden, those are not spaces we walk past every day and is not right out our kitchen door. The Kitchen Garden on the other hand is in constant reach for us. We “tend” it everyday — weeding, watering, de-bugging, and best of all HARVESTING! Tomatoes, greens, zucchini, basil, parsley, green beans, broccoli . . . all right outside our back (and front) door! What could be better?!