When your kitchen becomes a potager greenhouse…

We’re currently in that 4-6 week period where all of the indoor-sown seeds have sprouted and are growing really fast … but we’re still waiting on the frost to clear before they can all move outside.

So today, the children helped me to carry the camping tables into the kitchen from storage.  You can just make out the twigs we collected in our local woodland, being used as canes for baby sunflowers and french beans.

My 9 yr old’s courgette plants are turning into a jungle and just alongside them are my 11 yr old’s tomato and pepper plants.  He has plans for homemade pizza, so we’re growing basil too…

… and our potatoes are just starting to show signs of green shoots now.

So we just need the frosts to clear now, so that there will be enough room in the kitchen to cook all this beautiful veg when it is ready to be harvested!


  1. Wow. That’s impressive! I thought my windowsills were laden but you are on another level! I’m going to let my sweet peas take their chances outdoors from tomorrow but I guess it’s still too early for the beans. They are growing at a crazy rate!

    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ Our kitchen is south-facing and everything has gone a bit wild this year! It’s lucky it’s a whole family project – because it really is starting to take over our home πŸ™‚

  2. What a lovely arrangement, so inspiring. Hope the frost has gone. We are facing some frost in the next few months. The Japanese windflower is in full glory almost two metres high.

    1. I’m already looking at the room next to the kitchen, which also faces south towards the garden, and thinking “I could fit another few tables of seedlings in there….” πŸ™‚

  3. Your earlier post reminded me about the pea-sticks (for french beans) so I turned the twigs of a dead bush into some today and now you have reminded me to sow the peppers… I am so behind because I have been proofreading and indexing my husband’s book (he did the same for me last year).

    1. I wish I could take credit for being organised but one of the friends I volunteer with in our village is an expert gardener so she’s keeping me in check with timings πŸ™‚ I hope the proofreading goes well!

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