Life is better with hands in the dirt! Hello there, and welcome to The Kitchen Garten; I promise that I can in fact spell correctly, especially the word garden. During my younger years, my family lived in Germany, and playing in our German neighbor’s garten platz, complete with bunny house and rows of veggies, was my first experience with gardening, and, as you may have guessed, the German word for garden is garten. And there you go…

My grandparents and father have always kept a farm or garden chock full of peanuts, squash, zucchini, beans, and tomatoes in the summer, and collards, turnip greens, and mustards in the winter. So I have grown up with a love for watching things grow. For the past ten years, I’ve been gardening in my own spot of lawn, and through many failures and successes, I think I’m finally getting the hang of this!

While I started out using a traditional row method for my gardens, I’ve transitioned over the last few years to using square-foot gardening with raised beds. This has been such a life (and back) saver for me, and with three kids running around, it fits this season of life.

Cooking for my family and trying to provide the best foods for their growing bodies is high on my list of priorities, and a garden is such a great resource for good-for-you foods! Being able to bring in produce from the garden and prepare delicious meals in the kitchen is a passion of mine, and I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to be able to share that with you as well.

So take a peek around and see what you can use in your own garden or kitchen. I always love to hear from readers and that includes you! Happy Gardening!

 

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