Themed Kitchen Gardens - The French Garden

| 4/18/2013 1:06:28 PM

Themed Kitchen Gardens 

Good cooks usually plan their kitchen garden or gardens with menus and favorite dishes in mind.  They indulge their whims with gardens designed to let them cook a variety of specialties, French, Italian, Asian, Mexican, or vegetarian dishes.  If you are a diabetic or have heart problems there is also a kitchen garden with your health needs in mind.

Before you rush out and plant a kitchen garden, spend a little time thinking about how you cook and how your family eats.  Do you like salads, low-carb and low-calorie cooking, pasta, or hearty chowders and stews?  My personal favorite is the summer salsa garden.  Once you’ve made your own salsa fresh from the garden you will never go back to the jar salsa.

You will want to plant herbs too.  To decide which herbs you’ll need, look at the jars of dried herbs you already have in your kitchen.  These are probably the ones you’ll eventually want in your garden.  Add new herbs as your taste demands.

What you find to eat in your garden also depends on the season.  In some areas of the country, you can grow lettuce, broccoli, cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers all together during the summer.  In the warmer areas, lettuce and other greens are grown in the spring and fall; tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and similar vegetables are grown in the summer.

You might also consider planting some edible flowers among the vegetables.  Flowers and herbs will attract bees for pollination.  Even if you only use the flowers for decoration on your plate, they will be beneficial to your kitchen garden.

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