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Kitchen garden

Love the taste of fresh vegetables?  Resolving to eat healthier?  Try your hand at growing your own! Kitchen gardens come in all sizes from big to small.  Whether you own your own plot of land or rent an apartment with only a balcony, home-grown produce can be yours!

The complete kitchen garden : an inspired collection of garden designs & 100 seasonal recipes
Ellen Ecker Ogden ; illustrations by Ramsay Gourd, photographs by Ali Kaukas.
New York : Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2010.
The Complete Kitchen Garden is an inspiring collection of garden designs and recipes for the home gardener and cook. based on the seasonal cycles of the garden, each chapter provides a new way to look at the planning stages with themes and designs such as "the salad lover's garden," "the heirloom maze garden," "the children's garden," and "the organic rotation garden." More than 100 recipes featuring the food grown in each specific garden encompass a full range of soups, salads, main course savory dishes, and desserts, as well as condiments and garnish to dress up the plate. Praise for The Complete Kitchen Garden : "There's no reason a vegetable garden must be an eyesore, banished to the corner by the garage. . . . The Complete Kitchen Garden . . . combines design advice, garden wisdom and recipes."  - The Chicago Tribune
     
The kitchen gardener's handbook
Jennifer R. Bartley.
Portland, Or. : Timber Press, 2010.
No longer content with separating the plants they grow to eat and the plants they grow for beauty, gardeners are discovering the pleasures of incorporating both edibles and ornamentals into their home landscapes. The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook makes it easy by showing how a well-designed landscape can yield both bounty for the table and beauty for the soul. Whether she's sharing tips on planting radishes in spring, harvesting tomatoes in summer, or pruning perennials in winter, Bartley's friendly advice gives gardeners the tools they need to build and maintain a kitchen garden. Readers will learn how to plant, grow, and harvest the best vegetables, fruits, greens, and herbs for every season. They'll also find seasonal recipes that celebrate the best of the harvest, monthly garden chores, eight sample garden designs, and information on using cut flowers for decoration. The Kitchen Gardener's Handbook is a guide for gardeners who want it all the freshness of fruits and vegetables and the beauty and simplicity of hand-picked bouquets.
     

Learn where to plant your vegetables so you get the best results.  Sunny spots are always good, but some vegetables thrive even in the shade. Certain vegetables can be planted directly in the ground as seeds, while other food plants need to be planted as seedlings.  Some plants can be mutually beneficial to each other and can be planted together.  Some even keep away pests.  Consider building a raised bed to make growing and weeding easier. 

Fruit and nut trees can also be planted in a kitchen garden.  Learn about ways to prune your tree to encourage healthy fruit.  Or if space is tight, train the fruit tree against a flat-wall in a variety of patterns. 

The function of a kitchen garden is to produce food. It is a source of herbs, vegetables, fruits, and flowers, and can be a structured space. It is usually located near the door of the kitchen and is seperate from the rest of the gardens on the property.

Creating a working garden requires good soil.  Compost heaps can be small enough to fit in a backyard and return valuable nutrients to the earth.  Also, you can learn how to rotate your vegetables so they do not deplete the soil. 

Whether you're new to growing or a seasoned green thumb, a new crop of gardening projects can transform your backyard to an overflowing kitchen garden in a few months.  Dig in!

Homegrown harvest : a season-by-season guide to a sustainable kitchen garden
Rita Pelczar, editor in chief.
London : Mitchell Beazley ; [United States?] : American Horticultural Society, 2010.
Written by the American Horticultural Society's foremost fruit, vegetable and herb experts, Homegrown Harvest provides lifestyle-changing advice that gardeners need for growing a year-round supply of healthy edible crops for their table. Specific local and regional advice enables gardeners to decide how and what to grow wherever they live in North America. The book starts with planning what to grow, then how to grow it- whether in an allotment, containers, a raised bed or vegetable patch- as well as information on how to get the best from your soil. Next, over the course of 12 seasonal chapters, from early spring to late winter, the book shows how to go from sowing to harvesting with clear instructions that help you stay on top of the joys and challenges of a productive garden. From apples and asparagus, raspberries to radishes, this book shows how to apply age-old techniques in a timely fashion, to get the most from your plot.
     
A householder's guide to the universe : a calendar of basics for the home and beyond
by Harriet Fasenfest.
Portland, Or. : Tin House Books, 2010.
Nowadays, “go local,” “organic food,” and “sustainability” are on the tip of everyone's tongue. Harriet Fasenfest'sA Householder's Guide to the Universetakes up the banner of progressive homemaking and urban farming as a way to confront the political, social, and environmental issues facing the world. While offering plenty of useful advice on how to do common household chores sustainably, Fasenfest goes deeper to discuss the philosophy of "householding." The book is organized in monthly installments according to season, and the author invites readers into her own home, garden, and kitchen to consider concrete tools for change. Streetwise and poetic, fierce and romantic, the book is more than just a blueprint for escaping the current economic and environmental logjam — it’s also a readable and pithy analysis of how we got there.
     
Grow it, cook it with kids
Amanda Grant ; photography by Tara Fisher.
New York : Ryland Peters & Small, 2010.
At a time when people are taking an interest in the provenance of their food and are keen to make their weekly budget go further, there has been a rise in the number of vegetable patches. So there has never been a better time to teach kids about the benefits of growing and cooking with their own fruit and vegetables. Grow It, Cook it with Kids is a beautifully photographed guide aimed at getting children into the garden, sowing seeds, looking after their plants, and showing them how and when to harvest their produce. There are chapters on Herbs & Leaves;; Potatoes, Carrots, & Onions; Zucchini & Tomatoes; Peas & Beans; and Raspberries & Strawberries. There's nothing better or more rewarding for a child than enjoying the freshest produce that they've grown and tended to themselves in their own back yard they'll be full of pride when they can make potato cakes, zucchini stir-fry, creamy spinach pasta, and strawberry cupcakes--all with the minimum help from Mom or Dad. This delightful book by Amanda Grant is in tune with the current passion for grow-your-own produce and encourages children to learn about the joys of gardening and cooking. *In the same bestselling series as Gardening with Kids, Christmas Crafting with Kids, and Crafting with Kids. *A timely book to encourage children to grow their own, with gorgeous photography by Tara Fisher.
     
Mediterranean kitchen garden
by Mariano Bueno ; translated and edited by Evelyn FitzHerbert.
London : Frances Lincoln, 2010.
Explaining how to meet the particular challenges of growing edible plants in the hot, dry Mediterranean climate, this book brings the expertise of Spain's top organic gardener to an English-speaking audience. As well as outlining the principles of gardening organically, it provides full practical information on how to grow vegetables, fruit and herbs in Mediterranean conditions. It advises on matters such as irrigation, climatic factors and inherent characteristics of the region, and describes the kitchen garden through the gardening year.
     
The kitchen garden month by month
Alan Buckingham.
New York : DK, c2010.
In tune with the popular move toward fresh, local, and homegrown food, The Kitchen Gardenlets you get the most from your garden and helps to dramatically reduce the amount you spend on produce at the supermarket. The Kitchen Gardenis the perfect companion for gardeners who want to turn their harvest into a meal while also seeking some measure of sustainability.
     

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff