Creating Our Kitchen Garden

martha cinader

Our house on Paris Mountain sits on top of a steep hill. There’s a parking pad extending from the edge of the driveway on one end of the house. Above is a picture of the corner of the parking pad and surrounding garden from Summer 2015. When we first arrived here, there was a very steep drop down from that corner. When it rained, there was a muddy mess under the shade trees, and the running water was eroding the hill.

My husband planted some tomatoes and squash right on that steep hill when we arrived in the spring, which supplemented the food he grew that summer in a garden he started right away down in the field. But during the following winter and spring he labored to create what we call our kitchen garden, and we all pitched in at various stages along the way. He is a great planner, and generally doesn’t start anything until he’s already completed the task in his mind. I have come to greatly admire this trait of his and try my best to emulate his example since I have been known to act without thinking at all. Included in the plan was to run a sprinkler pipe along the hill and attach it to the plumbing.

Planning was the first step, acquiring the raw materials was the next. Aside from the pipe and sprinkler valves, we needed some timber for the boxes, and railroad ties to build a retaining wall. We raked up mountains of leaves in autumn and dumped loads of them to fill in the bottom layer behind the retaining wall. Then came truckloads of dirt from a local landscape supply business, which he and the boys shovelled from his truck into the empty beds for days. We also bought rocks and stepping stones to put the finishing touches in place.

The remainder of the task took some carpentry skills, muscles and sticking to it to have it ready for spring. Honestly my biggest role in the whole effort was to have dinner ready every night. But ever since the garden was finished it has been my job to tend it. It is a part shade part sun garden and I’ve been learning from year to year what grows best. I grow a combination of perennials and annuals, including blueberry bushes that are several years old now.

Related Posts:

  • Flo Mayberry the Book Doula

    Flo Mayberry the Book Doula

    Tony Robles speaks with Flo Mayberry, in Hendersonville, NC, about her life as a writing coach. Read more

  • Flute Busking

    Tony Robles talks with Diana Flores, who plays flute on Main Street in Hendersonville. She describes the freedom that it affords her in her choices of music, including themes to her favorite video games. She also plays in a community band, The Blue Ridge Ringers, which is a handbell choir, and a flute choir called… Read more

  • Edwin Torres on the Written and Spoken Word

    Edwin Torres on the Written and Spoken Word

    The uncut video interview. Martha Cinader speaks from her studio in Greenville, SC with Edwin Torres, author of Quanundrum, winner of the 2022 American Book Award, and spoken word artist in Beacon, NY, about his three hour virtual workshop, on Saturday, June 3, Room to Roam, and his mixery and mastery of spoken word, music,… Read more

  • Flo Mayberry, Tamim Ansari, Edwin Torres

    Flo Mayberry, Tamim Ansari, Edwin Torres

    Tony Robles speaks with Flo Mayberry, writing coach, and Tamim Ansary, Afghan-American writer. Martha Cinader speaks with Edwin Torres. Read more

  • L&BH – Wednesday, May 31 on WPVM 103.7 FM

    L&BH – Wednesday, May 31 on WPVM 103.7 FM

    Tony Robles speaks with Flo Mayberry, and Tamim Ansary, Martha Cinader speaks with Edwin Torres, May 31 3pm Read more

  • From Bamboo Comes Life:

    From Bamboo Comes Life:

    Edwin Lozada, Executive Director of Philippine American Writers and Artists (PAWA), who explains the Philippine creation story of the first man and woman. Malakas is the first man who was created, and Maganda, the first woman. Read more

%d bloggers like this: