discovery – dreaming of this Summer’s garden

Its snowing outside {again}.  🙂  But I’m inside dreaming green and busy planning. 

Last Summer we enjoyed a very small potted herb and terraced vegetable garden.  It was more of a small scale kitchen garden.  I’ve been dreaming of a kitchen garden for a while and this Summer, we have more space to work with. 

Last night I was dreaming about our “someday home” {again}.  We had a kitchen garden just outside the house, and then a larger garden area with a greenhouse nearby.  I want to incorporate the growing our own foods right into the landscaping.  There are so many plants that just look so charming as they grow.  We noticed last Summer that parsley plants grow amongst the pansies and the other plants on the Provo Temple Grounds {keep an eye out for them this Spring}.  It is a beautiful plant and I know there are so many others we could use. 

Last Summer I was having an itch of sorts…ready to get up and go {again}.  I suggested we go to Europe for a while and be gardeners for an estate.  We would board with the owners and take care of the outside of their estate in return.  {Have you seen Sabrina?  I think some of this dream comes from that film}.   The kiddos would learn alongside us and we would spend much of our time outdoors…it sounded wonderful…but like a great dreams, it wasn’t practical for this family at this time.  But it was a lovely dream. 

I’m just going to keep dreaming and learning to prepare for our someday home and the yard we truly want.  Till then, I’m making every inch count, learning what I can grow and for how long…trying to figure out how to bring some of it inside for the Winter…just like the Citrine Houses all over Europe.  I don’t mind a garden inside…doesn’t that sound wonderful?  🙂

What are your Summer gardening plans this year?  Have any tips you are willing to share?

Here are some great articles I’ve been enjoying this week:

$ benefits of growing your own food, + some tips too

edible landscaping

A Kitchen Garden: Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

6 thoughts on “discovery – dreaming of this Summer’s garden

  1. Last year was the first year I’ve ever grown anything start to finish. We have a tiny plot in the backyard, and we grew spinach, green peas, green beans, strawberries and a few peppers that we had to hurry and harvest before the first frost. I need to get busy planning what we’re going to plant this year. The girls and I can’t wait. Wish we had the money and the space to expand…

  2. You are welcome to come down to my place and set up a garden. 🙂 I have no idea how to garden, but would love to learn. I have a whole section on the side of our home that eventually I want to make into a garden…..once I figure out how. 😉

  3. Joidee, perhaps I’ll post on our progress and give a few tips a long the way. The designer has gardened all his life, but large scale and in rows. We’re learning the small scale, pot stuff these days…:) hugs!

  4. I cannot wait to be able to start planting again this summer!!
    Last year was my first year going about it, and we were so blessed with the produce we recieved. We plan on living off of more produce than anything, so It will save us a lot of money if we can get it all planned right and figured out.
    We have grow boxes, that we built last summer, they are about 4 feet by 8 feet, and it was really nice to have raised beds and we were able to grow a lot in each box. I plan on doing some in the ground this year to expand our supply, but there is a lot of cleaning up to do in the area first, and being 6 months pregnant now, makes me tired thinking about it. I hope I can get it done with a big belly. 🙂
    I want to grow as many herbs as I can too. A raspberry bush, for the raspberry leaf tea, is number 1 on my list, and I want to get a few fruit trees planted.
    Right now its dreaming, and I would totally loooove to do what you mentioned about living in Europe. I have an ancestor on my moms side, who was a gardner for the palace. That would have been so neat! Hopefully, the small dreams I have for just my yard come about too, 🙂

    Good luck with your future garden planning! I look forward to more posts on it!

    • Oh, that cute belly o yours Julia! So excited for all of you! Hopefully the raised boxes make it easier for a big belly. 🙂 I wish I lived closer to help you with the clean-up. Soo cool about your Mom’s ancestor…you have a green thumb running in your veins already. xoxo

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