Ken revisits last year's Grazing Through the Snow
Landscape Architect, Jennifer Bartley, is the founder of American Potager, LLC, and the author of two books: The Kitchen Gardener’s Handbook and Designing the New Kitchen Garden. She strives to create designs that make food gardens that look handsome and neat by imposing structure. For instance, she recommends raised beds and paths made of permanent materials. She also blends ornamental plants right in with the edible ones.
Jennifer believes that there should be something nice to look at in every season, and often something to harvest, as well . She grows mache under glass cloches in her own Ohio garden in USDA Zone 5 (left). “It’s a joy to trudge through the snow, lift up the glass and gather a few bright green leaves to sprinkle on winter soups,” she said.
She explains that gardeners in Zone 6 may be able to grow many greens like spinach, kale, arugula, mustard, Asian greens, and parsley year round. Jennifer also reminds us that hardy evergreen herbs may be useable. I remember not long ago, when I found a great lemon chicken recipe in January that called for thyme, and I was surprised that underneath the snow in the garden, there were still plenty of evergreen sprigs for the pot. www.Americanpotager.com
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