Garden Planning

January and February are the perfect time for me (and the rest of the world) to make ambitious gardening plans. I am far enough away form the grueling summer heat to not remember how hot and sticky it can be working outside. A poor memory and a cold winter are definitely dangerous for summer project planning.... not to mention the endless garden catalogs that continue to arrive on a weekly basis. 

Since I am determined to to transform my current vegetable garden into the Kitchen Garden of my dreams

via Pinterest

I just purchased this book, American Grown - The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden.

American Grown 

I continue to be impressed by the design and beauty of this garden.




I don't think I need my lettuce this decorative, but then again....the President isn't coming over to my house.


My dog loves to be in my garden, too. In fact he loves to eat vegetables :-/


Do you have any ambitious garden plans? Any garden plans at all?

29 comments:

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Some warm day, I plan to get the boys outside to turn over the garden. As long as we have lettuce and eventually tomatoes, I am happy.

Sadie + Stella said...

Ahhhhh I need my own garden. Please. If I didn't have the black thumb I would be all over this.

Nancy said...

I have the acreage but not the inclination to do a veggie garden, since there are so many other things to take care of here. ...but I do love my salad garden in pots around my deck. We'll see how that goes with the new puppy. he's already been eating frozen dirt.
xo Nancy
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Lobster Meets Peach said...

I am so overwhelmed by our backyard! All the builder did was lay sod and I am almost fearful to plant anything. I should work on that right?

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i plant a large garden - NOTHING compared to those pics - but it's petty huge - we feed the neighborhood and my shore neighbors with all the fruits/veggies we produce - i DO wanna try and new system this season tho :o)

Nantucket Daffodil said...

We ALWAYS have ambitious garden plans! I have been looking over the catalogs...trying to make decisions. Last year was the first year we grew everything from seed...non-gmo, organic....and we had wonderful results! We purchased a small greenhouse for less than 200.00 from Lowe's, and it was perfect! We LOVE our raised beds!

Albertina M. Cisneros said...

oh wao!! Can't wait to see your garden in the Spring! I bet it will win over the WHite House's :)

Sandy at You May Be Wandering said...

Good morning Linda! No ambitious plans for me...just trying to get out and ENJOY it more! I have always wanted a vegetable garden but the deer eat everything and my husband likes everything landscaped. Your pictures are beautiful! Have a great day!!! xoxo

Sam [The Peak of Tres Chic] said...

So beautiful! I would love my own garden.

Vel Criste said...

none at this point Linda, like a mentioned before, I think I've got a BLACK THUMB instead of a GREEN one! But I do appreciate them and would love seeing how our will turn out!

Jessica said...

I have no garden plans at all so far. I want a great garden, but we have no sun in our yard. I'd like to get rid of at least two of the three trees in the back yard in hopes of getting some light. Maybe this year I can finally finish taking out all the beds the previous owners left that aren't where I want them.

Fletcher @ High Cotton Style said...

I would love to have a garden! Everything just tastes so good when it's fresh out of the garden. Right now, landscaping is my top priority for spring!

Decora Adora said...


We always have ambitious garden plans!
Your pictures are beautiful! Can't wait to see your garden in the Spring!

Kristen said...

Can't wait to see what you end up with! I have plans to plant a ton of flowers, and bring my yard back to life!

The Pink Pagoda said...

I'm never going to be this ambitious when it involves potential Dallas heat. So, my attention went instead to Michelle Obama. How fun to see a First Lady wearing Converse! And I like her without bangs much better.

Mimi said...

Linda, I have no ambitious gardening plans, because I have no garden, but I love reading your garden posts and sharing what I learn with others. Had no idea one should start so soon.

Kathysue said...

I have always wanted to plant a lettuce garden so I could just snip away with fresh salads every night. Thanks for the heads-up on the book, it looks like a really good read,
Kathysue

pam {simple details} said...

Would an herb garden count?! :) That first photo is gorgeous, we don't plant anything anymore, the squirrels even eat our tomatoes, so it's the farmer's market for us!

Elisa of Fancy Free Me said...

Mmmm there is nothing better than fresh homegrown lettuce! My fave!!

Leslie said...

Looks like a wonderful book filled with lots of inspiration:) I would love a garden however we have so much wild life coming through I'd be worried they'd eat everything! Our summers are short here in the Pacific Northwest :( I try to keep fresh herbs growing .. love anything fresh!!

xxL

Junell said...

Yumlicious! The book is gorgeous! Love,love, love the decorative lettuce> I am jealous as too many deer here.

Erin | Holtwood Hipster said...

Very timely post for me! I am doing just this and now have a new book to read through. I'm with you... hard at work on the kitchen garden of my dreams. and... we need to completely landscape both the front and back yards. It's going to be a busy Spring.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I would love to get started on some basic landscaping here at the Dollhouse, but it may have to wait until spring. I've never tried veggie gardening, but nothing compares to a garden tomato!

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City Farmhouse said...

I have big plans too, to extend my garden. I was just thinking about that today:). YOUr garden looks WAY better than mine, love the inspiration, thanks I needed that! Enjoy your weekend, Jen

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

i wish i was more into gardening but i'm not...i love to look at beautiful gardens! but they're soooo much work! when you get done with yours, can you come on over to my neck of the woods???

Janet @ House Four said...

Wow now that's a kitchen garden! Wish I had the space for something like that. I do have one raised bed that i plant kale, lettuce, and beans in every year. we start from seeds (heirloom organic seeds) which the kids think is fun (although the novelty is beginning to wear off). The size is getting pretty limiting though so i think i might tear up some of the patio area (we have a big area of concrete patio that we don't use) and replace it with a garden. That might just be too ambitious, but it's my plan. ;)

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

I do have ambitious plans...in my head. But I can never seem to get around to making them happen. You need to come for a week and whip me in to shape. So my beagle can eat all that I plant.

Stacey said...

Yes, i can't wait to get my hands dirty! I love gardening and usually go all out with my vegetable garden. This year, we might move the location to a shadier spot. The North Carolina summers are so harsh... However, I still can't wait for Spring and Summer to get here:-). xx

jazs07 said...

I really envy the garden in the white house, wish I could have a big garden like that. The first lady is really hands on on taking care of the garden, just look all of those crops they an harvest and freshly cook for their meal.

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