Tips for Growing a Kitchen Garden

By Ellen Ecker Ogden, "Your Kitchen Garden,"March/April 2008

Learn how to grow your own container garden and enjoy fresh herbs and edible flowers year round.

The Irish have always grasped the important connection between the garden and the kitchen and often have a nearby potager, or kitchen garden. Translated directly from the French, potager means literally a soup pot of vegetables, and dates back to the Middle Ages, when monks and nuns planted gardens behind wall-high hedges that served as retreats for meditation as well as a source of vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, aromatics and flowers.