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About TKG

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!

 

I'd love to hear from you

Faye Armstrong

Monday 20th of June 2022

I am a member of the Lynndale Garden Club in Greenville NC. One of our members took a Life Long Learning class about raised beds and suggested we get you to come and talk to our club. Is this something you would be interested in? Is so would you be able to present a 30-40 minute program on March 28, 2023? We give a booklet to the members with the programs for the year so would need to know shortly. We can finalize other details later. Thank you for considering this.

Courtney

Tuesday 21st of June 2022

Hi Faye, thank you so much for reaching out. Yes, why don't you email me at courtney@thekitchengarten.com and we can work out details. Thank you!

Carolyn Pusateri

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

I HAVE 3 BUTTERFLY BUSHES, PLANTED THE LAST YEAR, ONE TOOK OFF, BLOOMING CONTINUALLY. DEAD-ED THE SPENT FLOWERS. DID THE SAME TO THE OTHER TWO. GROWTH MUCH SMALLER, DID HAVE SOME FLOWERS. BUT THEY ALL HAVE A WHITE FILM ON ALL THE LEAVES. I THOUGHT IT WAS FROST LAST FALL. BUT NOT???? CAN YOU HELPME AND TELL ME WHAT TO DO.? I LIVE IN ZONE 8 COASTAL NORTH CAROLINA THANK YOU IN ADVANCE. CAROLYN PUSATERI

Courtney

Tuesday 8th of March 2022

Hi Carolyn, I live in Eastern NC as well, and it sounds like you have powdery or downy mildew on your butterfly bushes. There are a few things you can do. First, remove any old leaf litter from beneath your plants and dispose of it in the trash. Trim back some of the leaves/limbs to promote air flow, and be sure if you're watering to do so directly at the base of the plant to avoid getting the leaves wet. If the white growth isn't killing the plant, then you may be able to live with it, but the final option would be a fungicide that's sprayed. I'd reach out to your local Master Gardeners at the Extension office for your county. They will more than likely come to the house and let you know for sure if it's downy or powdery mildew. I hope this helps!

Kassiopée duff

Tuesday 3rd of August 2021

hello ! I was wondering , in what climate zone are you ? Im from canada quebec so might be different

Kassi

Thursday 12th of August 2021

@Courtney, thank you for your answer ! I will definitely take that in consideration !! Your blog is amazing:)

Courtney

Saturday 7th of August 2021

Hi! I'm in zone 8b, so definitely different from Quebec. :)

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