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Garden and Landscape Design by Laara Copley-Smith

Category Archives: The Kitchen Garden

The Winter Kitchen Garden

Written on November 11, 2013 at 6:51 pm, by

Purslane, Claytonia 'Winter Purslane' One of my all time salad leaf I ensure I plant late summer is Winter Purslane. It is perfect for salads, raw and cooked vegetable blends, soups and juicing when you have too much to harvest. Which can happen late spring. It is a leaf which often is forgotten. A green leaf … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Lettuce

Written on July 23, 2013 at 11:15 am, by

Lettuce There is something to be said for fresh picked lettuce. When we buy it at the supermarket, grocers or even at a market we really have no idea when it was picked. Unless of course there are specific details on the journey of the produce such as origin, growing method and time from harvest … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Being Ready to Grow

Written on May 21, 2013 at 9:21 am, by

  The Kitchen Garden: The month of May in the England which still feels like early April with our kitchen and vegetable gardens at least a month behind. The soil is still cold and the mornings cool which has discourage seeds from showing themselves. I am certain that the UK is not the only country … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: March

Written on March 19, 2013 at 3:21 pm, by

  March At this point in the season all or most of winter jobs would be complete. *This may include Leaf collection: Adding this to an area to root down leaf mould or to the general compost heap *Cutting back any perennial growth left over from last year. I have perennials to encourage insects, bees, … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden & What to Grow

Written on January 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm, by

  The Kitchen Garden and What to Grow With some of the basic design elements discussed earlier there are now considerations to be made on what to grow in line with your taste buds. We all have such differing preferences in the kitchen; we also have likes and dislikes. Whilst planning our kitchen garden whether … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Warmer Season Winding Down

Written on November 20, 2012 at 2:59 pm, by

As we move into the cooler seasons in parts of the world it is a harvesting time for late season crops and for protecting winter, early spring crops. With plenty of other tasks to carry through to prepare for the coming growing year. Cucurbits: Part One One of my favorite crops of late summer and … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: The Therapeutic Kitchen Garden

Written on September 25, 2012 at 2:56 pm, by

The Therapeutic Kitchen Garden This is a month to celebrate the fruits of your labors and discuss The Therapeutic Kitchen Garden. By now you may have spent many a month in the first stages of creating a vegetable garden. You may still feel you have much to do, you may have only just begun to … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Vegetables for Compact Growing

Written on August 21, 2012 at 2:53 pm, by

  The Kitchen Garden: Vegetables for Compact Growing We have discussed the beginnings of container planting and growing, compact growing is a further development of this. Specifically sourcing and choosing selected varieties which are ideal for compact spaces, containers, planters, pots and other restricted growing space. Many of those in the city will be growing … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Peas Please

Written on July 24, 2012 at 2:51 pm, by

Growing Peas: The legume family Peas are grown for the pod, peas and pea tips. Peas are very easy to grow with a few considerations. The can be high yielding and a joy to have in the kitchen garden. They are a great use of space as they grow vertically. Suitable for many locations from … Continue Reading…

The Kitchen Garden: Salad Leaf

Written on June 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm, by

It is definitely a time for salads, certainly in the UK. Salad leaf with the right conditions can be extended through much of the year. From growing out-doors in the ground, a polytunnel or green house, to growing micro-greens on a window ledge. There are also cloches and weather protective fleece, tunnels and equipment one … Continue Reading…