My Great Outdoors: Kate's Gift of a Garden

Name: Kate
Location: Washington, D.C.
Type of space: Urban garden
Tell us about your outdoor project and how you enjoy it: My name is Kate and I’ve lived in and around the District of Columbia my entire life. I’ve recently landed in a beautiful historical rowhouse in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood of D.C. with my media naranja.

For our second anniversary (the dating kind, not the married thing), I was given an incredible gift – a 6?x3? cedar garden bed frame and the offer of any and all plants and supplies I could want for. While a wonderful and thoughtful present (I’d been dreaming out loud about a city house with a garden for quite a while), it also posed a formidable challenge: to figure out the wild and wacky world of vegetable gardening in an urban environment.

Right now, the garden has truly taken root, so to speak. There are tomato flowers budding, basil smells wafting out from it, and the pregnant promise of eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, cucumbers, summer squash, onions, and lavender blooms.

I visit it every morning and every evening, and I've even had several dishes with some of the early harvest incorporated. It most definitely brings calm to our busy lives, and gently reminds my psyche, quite beautifully, of our connection to the earth.

How did you create it? The cedar frame was the original gift, but my imagination took off when I saw that frame. We ended up putting a plywood bottom on it with decking screws, constructing a trellis from acrylic netting and tall metal stakes, and screwing together a grid of 1' x 1' squares to delineate the little vegetable sections. I then added name tags for the seeded boxes so I'd know what to expect!

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