For anyone thinking of making a kitchen garden and herb garden, we begin with a look at the amount of light and the condition of the soil in the space. For example, my own garden, which is in a city residential area, benefits from shade and light.

My property has three pecan trees, two bur oak trees, and a very old ash tree. In the kitchen garden (potagér) the ash tree blocks the intense heat of the afternoon sun. This allows me to grow honeysuckle and roses in central Texas conditions.

At last count, I have forty-two plants and trees that provide aromatics, food, and tea. In raised beds, larger plants provide shade for the more tender ones. This has worked well. A couple of my raised beds contain plants the come back season after season, producing a reliable source of useful plants like chives, lemon sorrel, cutting celery, parsley, lemon balm, oregano, and dozens of others.

With good observation and positioning, it is possible to grow useful plants by crafty use of the available sunlight.

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