One of the true delights of Summer is spending time out in the Garden! I so enjoy growing a variety of vegetables and flowers, each one a delight as it grows and changes with each passing day.
Dearest and I have endeavored over the years to make our gardening as efficient and effortless as possible. We have raised beds in one half of our vegetable garden and ground level beds in the other half. Each side has a watering system that we installed ourselves with supplies from the local hardware store. We have trellises around each hill of the cucumbers, beans and peas....we borrow just a little bit of the sky! You can get a good look at last year's garden by visiting these posts.
This year we put in a cold frame and a summer kitchen....here, come and take a look won't you?
The cold frame is not in use right now as it is too hot, but it will be used once again come fall when we use it to grow more lettuce, spinach and carrots....imagine having all those lovely vegetables right from our own backyard this fall....yum!
Dearest built the cold frame by using old glass we have here on the farm (we have about 50 sheets of this glass and plan to build a greenhouse sometime in the future). We painted the inside white and then added an inexpensive thermometer. You need to keep the inside at around 80 degrees and can accomplish this by opening or closing the glass at varying levels. I just think it is wonderful.
After reading an article in Mother Earth News about having a summer kitchen right out in your garden, I surveyed our farm and was delighted to discover that I had an old workbench that we could re-purpose to fit the bill.
Dearest cut a hole over to the right side and we put a recycled kettle inside...no more dirt in my kitchen sink...I can wash off the veggies before they even come inside! The kettle easily removes so that I can use the hole to brush soil back into the can that sits underneath when I am potting up all of my pretty flowers There is plenty of room to the left for cutting stems, lopping off tops and shaking the dirt off of just picked veggies!
I hope that you have a delightful day out in your own garden, Dear Reader. Look around, you might have the makings for your own summer kitchen and cold frame right in your own backyard.
Well, I must go out and bring in my sheets from the clothesline. Just another gentle, simple day here at Honey Hill Farm.....what could be better.
Yours so kindredly,