Since I first learned to read I have been a big mystery fan. I love the challenge of trying to figure out “who done it.” I do not watch too much tv, but what TV I do watch is many mysteries. I am a big fan since childhood of Sherlock Holmes, so when they have a new actor portraying him, I have to check it out and see what they bring to the role. Lately, I have been watching a new one located in New York City called “Elementary,” and it is brilliant. I love it since Watson is a woman! Go Girl Power!!!
What does this have to do with my urban potager? Well, everything! Just kidding. It dawned on me the other day that Palm Rae Potager is a “citified” kitchen garden. It is elementary we are in the city, but my “citified” kitchen garden is my interpretation of what I feel it should look like + I bring to the ROLE a new twist.The first kitchen gardens were nothing more than a smaller version of the farm put to the back of the lot.
According to Merriam Webster dictionary, “Citified” was first used in 1828. As people moved from the country to cities many years ago they still enjoyed having home-grown food. They would plant fruit trees and bushes on their city lots. Many of us remember our grandparents, or parents that lived on farms. Well, most people many years ago grew up on farms, so when they did move to the city they brought their country ways + condensed the kitchen garden to fit in an urban area.
By making the entire lot a potager garden it gives you more space to integrate food throughout the landscape. Palm Rae Potager, our “citified” kitchen garden fits in every nook and cranny of this lot. This is how we solved our mystery to grow more food. We have integrated it amongst the other plants of our landscape.
It is a mystery because each person has to look at their own growing area ( climate + seasons) to determine what will work best on their lot.I do not like to copy other people, so the fun thing about this approach is each homeowner( apartment + condo dweller) will create their own “citified” kitchen garden.
There is no book to buy that gives you drawn out plans it is something you create yourself!You + your family have your own preferences as to what you like to eat, so yours will be different from mine.
No, two will be alike + I enjoy seeing “how” each actor interprets the role of the 21st century “citified” kitchen garden!!!