Kitchen Garden Bloggers Unite


It’s time to winterize Copper Top Cottage and get it ready for spring planting. I also need to overwinter some potted plants. I’ll put heavy plastic up and down the walls and across the floor. I have a small heater to put inside which I’ll set on 50 degrees. I’ll also run a small fan to keep air circulating and that helps make the little stems on the seedlings stronger.

I’m participating in Tyra’s Kitchen Garden Bloggers and you just must visit her to see other talented bloggers/gardeners who have signed up. I love that we can be a united group even though we don’t speak the same language. There is a translate button at the top of Tyra’s blog. Sometimes I don’t need a translation as the pictures and vegetable names will speak for themselves. From the link above, you can visit other Kitchen Garden Bloggers and see how they are planting and harvesting this year. I love the idea. Beautiful blogs too.

Last year, two rows of tomatoes were planted and then I got sick. I ended up having emergency gall bladder surgery and that put the whole potager plan behind schedule. I also got discouraged cause it was a hot dry summer and the squirrels carried off my tomatoes. But you learn with each growing season so this year I’m caging in the tomato plants and there will be a fence around the garden to keep out deer–hopefully.

The shed will get a brick patio this winter and a pergola.

My seedlings did very well last year so I’ll be planting more. I use a clothespin to attach the varieties to the end of the trays.

Debra Prinzing’s Stylish Sheds and Elegant Hideaways was the inspiration for my shed.

The first year I was in my new home–2008, my garden was enclosed with old windows.

This area worked out pretty well but I needed more space so moved the garden down to the back of the lot. There are natural springs down there and even in the hottest part of summer I didn’t have to water.

Inspiration for the new potager comes from Jennifer Bartley’s book Designing the New Kitchen Garden An American Potager Handbook. Jennifer’s website has cooking ideas and helpful tips on creating a kitchen garden. I met Jennifer at the Garden Writer’s Symposium in Raleigh, NC. She is a quiet thoughtful person. Her book is written in the same personality offering expert opinion with tried and true techniques conveyed with a gentle style. I very much enjoy reading the book over and over.

Year before last, I learned a trick you see above. See what I did HERE!

Happy spring everyone!!!! Well… got to start planning early!

9 Comments Add yours

  1. Eliza says:

    I love your island tomato beds! All of your photos are delightful and your seedlings make me so excited that spring is next (yeah, I’m mentally skipping most of winter, but I do start some of my transplants in February). 🙂


    1. Eliza, thank you. I’m almost always thinking about the next season even before the current one ends–don’t you? I mean==we have to. Not only is it in our blood but learning from one year to the next helps me be more successful. It’s not work to me–pure pleasure.


  2. Stevie says:

    I checked out Tyra’s Kitchen Gardeners group – and I’m on there too! Yay! I love that you can translate her page into other languages. So cool to read about gardens around the world. Now if I could just figure out how to comment over there…


    1. Stevie, Tyra is so smart and talented. I too love that we can share with gardeners around the world. I do plan early and even before the current season has ended. I just can’t leave well enough alone. If I think it can be improved–then I go for it. I don’t mind the work to make it better and growing all those seeds is so rewarding.


  3. Stevie says:

    You ARE planning early! I love your seed trays and that cottage is darling.


  4. Bren says:

    I love your conservatory of sort and can’t wait to see what you share from your kitchen. I would love to participate in something like that.


    1. Bren–you are encouraging to everyone who reads your blog. I think you do lots for the kitchen garden community already. Hats off to you.


  5. tina says:

    The cottage is so cute! I love love love those windows in the garden!


    1. Tina—I had fun with those windows that year and it sure got a lot of attention. Today those windows are cold frames down at Copper Top Cottage.


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