Kitchen gardens comes in a variety of sizes and styles, but they all have the same purpose: to provide fresh greens, vegetables, herbs, and fruit for the household.
Kitchen gardens were once common in both rural and urban life. Whether for economic, environmental, or health reasons, many people are now seeking their return. The term "Victory Garden" was applied to kitchen gardens in World Wars I and II, and that name is seeing a renaissance.
Container gardening is often a feature of the modern kitchen garden. Containers allow flexibility in garden design and may be placed upon patios or along walkways or driveways; smaller containers may even be brought indoors over the winter to provide greens and herbs.
Kitchen gardens now often reflect the garden design known as edible landscaping -- decorative garden layouts that also provide food.
The kitchen garden may be just a few plants providing herbs for cooking or all the way up to a "mini-farm" that produces significant amounts of produce for the household, quantities sufficient for sharing and canning.
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