No, yours truly hasn't suddenly developed a stutter, I am talking about my new kitchen garden that is situated in my kitchen, hence a kitchen kitchen garden.
In my kitchen kitchen garden I grow lettuces and rocket salad, all of which are very yummy and taste well in a salad or on a sandwich. About a year ago heads of lettuces in pots and such started popping up in supermarkets.
This yummy lettuce I bought at Albert Heijn,
and the other head of lettuce and this rocket salad (ruccola) at Lidl. But there's no law against sowing your own lettuces, salad leaves and herbs to grow in the windowsill of your kitchen.
The kitchen is the most logical place to have a kitchen garden when you think about it. It is where you actually need the veggies and fruit to prepare them for consumption. With my new kitchen garden in my kitchen I don't have to go out into the garden, which is great now that it's bucketing down most of the time, to pick a bunch of salad leaves for a salad or to stuff a sandwich with, to make it taste fresh and crunchy.
And there is more growing in my kitchen garden. I love ferns and when I went to Ikea, as you do, I found these cute little ferns complete with earthenware white pots totally irresistible.They were only 1 euro each, including the pot, so resistance was futile, to coin a phrase.
The ferns are flanked by tea light holders shaped as miniature greenhouses, very garden-y, wouldn't you say?
To cheer myself up even more I've created a Spring garden in my kitchen too with lovely grape hyacinths
and mini daffodils (Tete a Tete) and crocus. The daffodowndillies and grape hyacinths I bought at a builders merchants. The crocus bulbs in the basket on the far left were bought at a supermarket (Lidl). It's amazing where you can buy flowering bulbs, veggies in pots and plants nowadays, isn't it?
And yes, you've found me out, I'm addicted to fruit even more than chocolate or drop and that's saying something.
Having a mini indoor garden like this quite close to your kitchen tap is really the ideal place for it, because how often do you walk over to that tap in a day? A zillion times sounds about right , wouldn't you say, and every time you do, there is this plethora of plants, veggies and flowers to brighten up the dullest day. Not bad now that so many of us gardeners are stuck inside, gasping for a smidgen of garden-y happiness to tide us over til Spring comes and we can all go out into our beloved gardens once again.
Addendum: in answer to the question frequently asked about the members of the Bliss Team: all of them leave my lettuces and rocket salad alone as they also leave my plants and flowers in the vase alone. There is one exception to this rule and that is African Violets; they are totally irresistible to my Maine Coon Vita who picks off the flowers one by one and then proceeds to remove all the leaves with the flick of a fingernail. I provide my cats with enough alternatives such as cat grass, papyrus and spider plants so they don't bother the veggies, plants and flowers.
copyright 2009; Y.E.W. Heuzen
A gardener wishing to have and keep a good collection of plants, needs patience, liberality and a catalogue.
Canon Ellacombe, In a Gloucestershire Garden, 1895