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A Great Big Mess in the Kitchen Garden




This is the nook created by the former owners when they enclosed the breezeway between the house and the garage. It was poorly done. Note the haphazard trim and the out of place big-pane windows. The door leads into the laundry room, once envisioned as a Pinterest Nirvana of utilitarian beauty and efficiency, it too has languished.


Over the last year, my dreams of this as a kitchen garden/potting area were slowly dashed as the nook became a depository for junk, random lawn furniture, and all sorts of unholy debris. Add to that the fact that this part of the house was never painted and you have a great big mess.


I'm determined to make this right. As you see, I've started painting and have done pretty well. The most challenging parts remain. I have to take the very ineffective storm windows off and paint the trim on the kitchen windows. I also have to figure out how to get my 5'3" self up high enough to reach the top parts.


Progress is progress, however. I've managed to paint the biggest eyesore, the nesting box my husband ineptly built from scratch(see The Chicken Saga, a post I haven't written yet). It's so ugly, I don't want it to stand out, and so heavy I can't get rid of it, so I'm trying to make it blend in by painting it the same color as the wall. I intend to use it as a potting bench and storage, maybe with some trailing plants in some of the cubicles. 


The area approaching the nook is also pretty sad. As you see, I've managed to plant some spring greens in the tubs. I intend to put herbs and perhaps a squash vine or two here. 

Kit3 it is today.  I'll keep plugging away at it.