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Friendly Visitor to my Small Kitchen Garden

By late summer, squash and pumpkin plants dominate in my small kitchen garden. There are bush wax beans, carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower still producing, and they’re all packed in so tightly that it’s nearly impossible to navigate among the leaves.

Within a few weeks of starting Your Small Kitchen Garden blog, I realized it had taken me somewhere I’d always wanted to be: out in my garden with friends. Within days of my first post, Your Small Kitchen Garden had visitors. And, as I’ve posted more of my gardening experiences, more visitors have come. I’ve enjoyed the comments and the conversations, though seeing the number of visitors, I often wish more of them would leave comments, suggestions, or questions.

Where to Find Gardeners on line

When I wrote my first post, I had no idea that there are, perhaps, thousands of gardening blogs. You can find these by reading blog rolls—lists of the blogs bloggers like to visit. (I recently started a blog roll to which I’ll be adding more sites over the coming weeks; you may need to scroll down quite far to find my blog roll, but please check it out; I hope you’ll enjoy some of the blogs I enjoy.)

My “Imaginary” Gardening Friends

You can also find gardeners on Twitter. There, home gardeners, landscapers, farmers, nursery owners and workers, gardening magazine and book writers, garden products producers, and radio and television personalities exchange thoughts and encouragement. Connect with one or two of them, and the interaction will lead to hundreds of others. Float a question to the gardeners on Twitter and you’re likely to get some helpful answers within a few hours.

I’ve interacted with several hundred gardeners and garden-focused folks on Twitter, but because I haven’t met them in person, my daughter refers to them as my imaginary friends.

Imaginary Becomes Real

Someplace along the on-line gardening path, members of the community find ways to meet in person. So far, two of my imaginary friends have become real. Each visited me in my isolated homestead in central Pennsylvania.

Yes, I had an awesome tomato season, despite the trench foot and the very late expression of late blight. We’ve eaten a lot of tomato salad, various pasta dishes with tomato sauces, risotto with tomatoes, and sandwiches with tomatoes. On top of all the great tomato dishes, I’ve put up 36 pints of tomato sauce and 18 pints of diced and whole tomatoes. Still, there is about a half bushel of tomatoes awaiting attention, and, perhaps, two or three more gallons on the vines.

I’m pleased that an upshot of one of these visits is that my no-longer-imaginary friend, Punkrockgardens (Laura Mathews is her given name) has featured my tomatoes in her blog. In her post, Tomato Tidbits: Why do we do all this? she captures the motivation of home tomato growers, and highlights some of the quirks of this nearly past growing season.

I enjoy Laura’s blog because she reports at-large about the gardening scene in central Pennsylvania… which is where I live. I also enjoy the photos she includes with her blog posts; she is a professional photographer with a thoughful and creative eye.

Expand Your Small Kitchen Garden

Please check out the Punk Rock Gardens blog, and visit other blogs on my blog roll. As you browse my blog posts and those of other garden bloggers, leave comments and bookmark entries that you find useful; comments are just about the only measure bloggers have of whether they’re reaching their audiences.

But don’t stop with blogs. Join Twitter if you haven’t yet, and participate in the gardening chatter. Follow me as @cityslipper and you’ll quickly find hundreds of gardeners and gardening enthusiasts with plenty to share.


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5 Responses to “Friendly Visitor to my Small Kitchen Garden”

  • Hi, I’m a friendly visitor to your blog now and then, and I just wanted to let you know the link to Punk Rock Gardens in your blogroll is incorrect. I got there through the link in your post, but just in case you’d like to fix it, I think you left an “s” off.

    Beautiful garden! Are you using organic or conventional methods?

  • Rissa:

    Hello, I just found your blog recently and I love all the photos of your garden through the seasons, in addition to the quality of the writing in your posts. I am envious of the size of your garden, as I am living in the city at the moment and have available to me what might be charitably referred to as a ‘handkerchief’ bit of garden, which I use to grow tomatoes.

    Looking forward to your next post and thanks for the list of other blogs to check out!

  • Your small kitchen garden looks wonderful. It was nice going through your blog. Keep it up the good work.

  • admin:

    Meredith: Thanks for pointing out the problem… it’s fixed now!

    I use organic methods in My Small Kitchen Garden, but I suspect I couldn’t get it certified as organic. One likely strike against me: I use pressure-treated lumber for retaining walls, trellises, and plant stakes. But I use only lawn clippings, compost, and horse manure for mulch and soil amendments. Also: unless I catch them in the act, the bugs eat what they want.

    Rissa: Thank you for your kind comments. I understand the frustration with having a small garden plot… when I hear from someone in your situation, I feel self-conscious calling mine a “small kitchen garden.” Still, the serious kitchen gardens in central PA make mine look like a handkerchief. During the winter, I’ll post about many of the area kitchen gardens… one of which is overwhelming in its scope.

    I hope you enjoy the other gardening blogs. Many are about ornamentals rather than food, but all the garden bloggers are passionate and friendly!

    Flowers: Thank you for your comment. I hope to post more often during the winter… won’t be so distracted by the garden.


  • very nice thinking about kitchen garden

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