Come along with me as I journal about my latest cooking and gardening adventures. Discover what grows in my zone five garden, and see what new recipes I try from my cookbook collection each week.

As I share recipes and information from my kitchen, I invite readers to comment and share ideas along with me in this blog. I am looking to increase followers to my blog, so that I may learn more about cooking and gardening.

Since moving to Midland, Michigan, I have been reading and researching many cooking journals, cookbooks and collected recipes from the past thirty years. Organizing pictures of gardens I enjoy has also been a joy for me, as I continue to learn about garden design and horticulture.

angel food cakes

angel food cakes
this kitchen is seasoned with love

Friday, May 7, 2010

kitchen garden

in 2008, i turned part of my back yard into a small kitchen garden. when we moved into this home in the fall of 2007, the space was being used as a playground. all winter i dreamed of a garden, and spent hours looking for design ideas and ways to make this garden special. after much thought, i decided on a colonial garden, very similar to those found in williamsburg, virginia. gardens in the eighteenth century were purposeful gardens, which included herbs for cooking, often vegetables, and flowers for decoration, fragrance and wreaths. for my kitchen garden, i decided to concentrate on herbs and flowers. we had a picket fence built, and we painted it to match the trim on our home. brian constructed the mulched pathways, and raised beds with brick trim. the garden gate swings open to a wonderful space for me to experiment with plants and flowers. the garden is small enough for my care, and the perennials and bulbs that surround the garden compliment the changing seasons. each year, my garden is maturing and i enjoy adding new plants---almost like redecorating--only with flowers.

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