Kitchen Garden Lester-Style - Livin' the Good Life
Mar. 30th, 2009
07:51 am - Kitchen Garden Lester-Style
When Damian and Maya moved here over three years ago, Steve and I bought the house next door. It was a small, abused, and neglected little ex-rental that was sadly in need of repairs, but we knew it had lots of potential. In fact, we had had our eyes on the place for years, because we liked the feel of the place so much. Damian and Maya lived with us for a few months while they worked diligently on the house, readying it to move into. Following the "learn as you go" method, they replaced the roof, the windows, the ceiling, the floor and the floorboards. They repaired and painted the cracked and damaged walls. They basically gave every square inch of the place a facelift, and, in doing this, they created a cheerful, inviting little sanctuary for themselves. Steve and I were so proud of them for all their hard work and for the finished product. We always had loved the south-facing orientation of the house, knowing that it would be perfect for passive-solar heating, and it has, indeed, turned out to be a pleasantly warm and cozy little place during the winters. They also planted a garden right outside those-south facing windows, so they could easily glance out from their kitchen and see what was ready for harvest each day. "Hmmm... I wonder what I should make for dinner? Oh, it looks like we have swiss chard out there. And I see some ripe tomatoes. Oh, and there are onions! There's the basis for dinner!" (They definitely have their modest form of the the Obama's "kitchen garden".) My friend, Jill, just posted in her blog about her son starting a garden to feed his family, and that inspired me to share our story, too. Having our son and his wife living next door has been a huge blessing! We know we have excellent renters next door who will take good care of the place, and we get the pleasure of their company on a daily basis, with a few vegetables in the deal! Should we eventually get grandchildren on the other side of the fence, we will be ecstatic!
Here is the view of one section of their garden today, looking out through the kitchen/dining room window. There is not much growing right now, but you should see it in the summer and fall!