Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Doctors, lawyers, engineers & more have specialties. ELLEN OGDEN is the KITCHEN GARDEN specialist.
Whether you have acreage or a tiny city apartment you can have a kitchen garden. Beautifully & easily.
Ellen & I spoke at the same symposium in Vermont a couple of years ago. Wow. Author, speaker, gardener. She's been living a kitchen garden lifestyle for decades.
No, dahlings, kitchen gardens aren't boring or ugly. Think potagere. The French concept of vegetables-herbs-fruits-flowers-flowering shrubs in lovely combination.
Garden & Be Well, XO Tara
Pics from Ellen's site, Kitchen Garden Designs.
Note: You think a kitchen garden will be too much work? The work my garden does on me is more important than the work (playing*) I do in my garden.
* We don't say, "I work tennis, I work football, I work golf." Ha, "I play tennis, I play football, I play golf." However, with thanks, my garden does, indeed, work on me.


La Petite Gallery said...

My first visit. Believe me there will be more visits. Love your site.

Yvonne from Maine USA

the gardeners cottage said...

Hi Tara,

So well put.

I also loved your post (a few back) regarding gardens of our mothers compared to the slick layout garden of today. I just loved all the thinking behind that. My garden (w/o a sprinkler system) will never be a fancy pants garden. It's a pretty garden that is what it is. Fancy pants doesn't work here.


Vera said...

Oh Tara! This is just what I needed to hear right now as we transition from one home to another.

One of my favorite books, is "The Art of French Vegetable Gardening". . . it's already packed, but I know where it's at & once moved will pull it out and daydream!

All last week I heard people talk about all the "work" we put into this garden & all the "work" we spent digging up & moving plants. I kept saying it wasn't work . . . we "like" doing it. I will be quoting you from now on about how we DON'T say I'm working tennis, etc. Perfect Tara . . . . just perfect!

This Photographer's Life said...

Last year I had all my veggies and herbs separated from my flowers, but if I can just get it together this year, I hope to integrate the two a bit more!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

Beautifully put as always! We began a pottager last year, and have plans on expanding this year....indeed, it grows and grows!

Debra Phillips said...

work you ask?

not at all, in my mind. i want the kitchen garden in "it's complicated".........perfect; no bug damage, no weeds, decorative, and restive while harvesting one's bounty casually in the latest garden fashion. yep, that is what i want!

TTI said...

I remember reading a document about 'ideal exposure' for plants and gardens. So, what is ideal exposure for a kitchen garden? Or, is it more of a matter of direct light versus shade?