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Kitchen Gardening

How to Create a Relaxed Kitchen Garden Retreat

Your veggie garden can become a favorite summer hangout

Fine Gardening – Issue 191
Photo: Carol Collins

Our kitchen garden has evolved over the years into a homegrown three-room space with a vegetable garden, two dining areas, and a firepit. Set apart from the house, it feels like its own little world and is a favorite spot for informal summer gatherings.

Because we wanted to keep things tidy, raised vegetable beds were the only way to go, along with some serious fencing to keep critters away. We kept the beds narrow—no more than 4 feet wide—to make weeding and harvesting easier. An irrigation system is another must-have, and ours also supplies water to a secondhand sink that’s handy for washing vegetables and hands. The sink doubles as an ice cooler for parties.

Photo: Stephanie Fagan

A pergola covered with ‘Cooke’s Purple’ wisteria divides the dining and firepit areas and provides a shady lunch spot. Christmas lights purchased on sale after the holiday make for inexpensive…

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