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This is the second of our kitchen garden series about gardens and gardeners we love and learn from, with this week touring a suburban kitchen garden design.
Meet the Gardener ~
Donna is the quintessential seasonal cook and eater. I think it is because of the profound impact her time in France has had on her sense of what it is to live well. She’s a spiritual seeker (that’s how we met), and a lovely presence to be around. I understand Donna also has a lovely voice, but I have not had the pleasure of hearing her sing. That’s on my bucket list!
Visit the Garden ~
What sets a suburban kitchen garden apart from both the rural and urban kitchen gardens is that the best designs relate well to the aesthetic of the individual home as well as the housing development. The rural garden can be sprawling as it grows and shrinks to meet the land that surrounds it. Of course, the energy level of the gardener and other life demands will also impact the size of the garden. The suburban garden will be a function of its environment: lighting and heat impacts, lot size, tree shade impacts, etc.
Donna’s kitchen garden in Hershey, PA was built by her brother and I fell in love with its height, white washed walls, and basic design the moment I saw it. Donna easily retrofitted the raised bed garden for four-season vegetable production by purchasing a few hoops, some agribon and some UV greenhouse plastic. She’s so smart, she placed solar light fixtures on the corner posts of the raised beds. Each winter she posts pictures of her monthly (sometimes weekly) harvests in December, January, and February with as much joy as if it were her first winter harvest.
Touring the Suburban Kitchen Garden ~
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