What’s in the Garden? – K

We are March-ing right along into the month with items in the garden that start with K.  Friday’s Hunt is the letter k, a favourite and a flower this week.

The kitchen garden is a big part of my garden.  I grow tomatoes, potatoes, beans, peas and lots more.  My husband made me three plant tables a few years ago and most of the veggies grow in large containers.  These are right by the deck and it is easy to pop out of the kitchen and pick some fresh food for meals.


Kale is one of my favourite veggies and I do grow some in the kitchen garden, but must admit I buy most of it from the veggie stand at the corner of our road.

growing kale at craftygardener.ca

I use old keys in my garden art.  When made into a key wind chime they make a lovely soft tinkling sound.   I also used old keys to make a stepping stone.

using old keys in the garden at craftygardener.ca

The kestrel comes looking in the garden for prey from time to time.  At first I thought this was a different hawk (sparrow hawk) but thanks to knowledgeable visitors, bird books and research on the internet I now know what to look for in a kestrel.  The kestrel photos have to be my favourite for this week.

kestrel at craftygardener.ca

I needed a K for my alphabet collection and while dismantling an old umbrella stand part of the framing looked just like a K.

making a letter k at craftygardener.ca

For Five on Friday I’m including the kitchen garden, kale, keys, kestrel and K.

Friday’s Hunt  is up to the letter K this week, with a favourite and a flower.

My flower for K doesn’t grow in the my garden but is a houseplant. The kalanchoe has gorgeous blooms and this particular variety is a calandiva.

kalanchoe at craftygardener.ca

Todays ABC Wednesday is bought to you by the letter K.

K for kestrel, keys, kale, kitchen garden and kalanchoe.

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40 Responses to What’s in the Garden? – K
  1. love the idea of re-using old keys, the stepping stone looks amazing. Hope you have a wonderful weekend,
    All the Best
    FAST-SoS recently posted..Fast Five: 7 Months!!My Profile

    • Thanks for stopping by. I love reusing old items and making them into things for the garden. Have a good weekend.

  2. Lovely post and photos . I think we have had the odd kestrel here to . I think I will give veggie containers a go this summer as we both enjoy fresh garden veggies I just have to find a place close to my kitchen where I can put a table or two and containers so they get lots of sun shine . Thanks for sharing , have a good day !
    Elaine recently posted..Miggs Had A Visitor On A Rainy DayMy Profile

    • Good to hear your family next door is just moving a little ways away. Miggs will be happy to still have Shadow close by. I love my veggie container garden, been out there today turning some of the soil in them and planning what will go in what. I know I’m keeping the tomato plants away from the bbq as hubby loves to snack on them while bbq’ing 🙂

  3. No vegetable garden for me this year or years to come.
    Going to try a raised bed out of planters. Hope that works.
    We love Kale and it’s so good for you.
    linda recently posted..Welcome MarchMy Profile

    • I love my raised veggie garden, so much easier to maintain and pick the veggies when it is time. The weather has been lovely for March hasn’t it? Hope all is well with you.

  4. Thank you Linda!
    Love the pictures – especially the garden bench.
    This year I’m having a go at growing Kale – the one I bought looks like Russian Kale – but it just says – Kale.
    Nothing growing here yet – just rain and mud at my end of the world.

    • I had some luck with kale, but as it is a veggie we really love I buy it from the farmer’s stand. Still way to early for anything to be growing, though the tulips, crocus, and gaffs are poking through. It is just nice to get outside and enjoy this lovely weather. Have a good weekend.

  5. Great photos, I love the key wind chime, a real delight. I have a little kitchen garden and top it off with veg from the local farm shop and surplus from allotments.
    mamasmercantile recently posted..Five on FridayMy Profile

  6. My kale and chard from last year are still doing well so I don’t have the heart yet to pull it out. I’ll keep it a month more as a transition crop then recondition my soil for my summer planting. – Margy
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  7. Just catching up after a blogging break, and I love seeing what you are planning for the kitchen garden….I also buy most of my kale since I eat so much. I am looking forward to starting veggies soon! Warmer than usual for March, but I bet that will change!
    Donna@Gardens Eye View recently posted..The Garden BreakMy Profile

    • March has been lovely so far, sure hope we aren’t getting tricked into thinking the nice weather is here to stay. Enjoy the weekend.

  8. Your post is rich in kilobytes… you could say it’s wealth can be measured in Karats too. 🙂
    Daniel LaFrance recently posted..Air TrafficMy Profile

  9. Enjoyed your letter K post Linda.I love the teapot, cup and plant,kalanchoe
    If I were starting over in life I would do veggie gardening in raise plots and like you have, the plant tables but not now, I will have my hand fulljust getting flower beds all done here. I am not planting any bulb plants as we have too many squirrels and chipmunks too.
    Happy weekend.

    • If the squirrels eat any of the tulip bulbs I won’t worry and also won’t be replacing them. They don’t like daffodils though. My in ground gardens are all perennials and virtually take care of themselves now. I’m not up to bending or kneeling any more. The tubs on the plant tables are just perfect for me. It has been a lovely day, and looks like the weekend will be much the same.

  10. Very good K’s! Kalanchoes are great plants aren’t they, so pretty and they flower for so long as well. Did you know they are also called Flaming Katy? I also call mine Linda after a bloggy pal called Linda who often has them! Thank you for joining Five On Friday, I hope that you have a good weekend! xx
    Amy at love made my home recently posted..Five On FridayMy Profile

    • I realised that I should have clarified – it is a different Linda than you, but now I know you like them too I will also call them Linda after you! xx
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  11. Well it’s good to see your blog is named accurately. You are a great gardener. Our middle son is the gardener in our family along with his wife, our new DIL. We enjoy their bounty. That Kestrel is fabulous! Have a wonderful weekend.
    ellen b. recently posted..Five Sister Selfies!My Profile

  12. I really like how you used the keys! I have lots of old keys and may “borrow” some of your ideas.
    Janet recently posted..Five on FridayMy Profile

  13. I never thought of making a wind chime from old keys. What a great idea!
    Mama Zen recently posted..My Incredible KidMy Profile

  14. I love your key wind chime, now there’s a cool idea! Learn something new everyday!
    Terri @ Coloring Outside the Lines recently posted..Week’s EndMy Profile

  15. tom the backroads traveller

    you did “K” in spades

  16. Jim

    The kitchen garden looks like fun. The ‘key’ wind chime. Also looks like fun.
    Jim recently posted..Friday’s Hunt v 1.11 — “K” is for …My Profile

  17. When I saw the letter K was your inspiration, I wondered what you would find. Forgot about kale – it’s a must have in my garden as well. I usually grow some baby kale for salads, etc. and a couple large kale plants for smoothies and side dishes. A favourite at our house!
    Heather recently posted..March Gardening TipsMy Profile

  18. Linda, I love your garden tables. I saw a post the other day about growing potatoes in a bag, I forgot which blog just now. Keys is a great K word. Didn’t even think of it. Thanks for the photos. Sylvia D.
    Sylvia D. recently posted..Friday’s Hunt 11My Profile

  19. What a pretty little vignette with the kalanchoe. Great post for “K”!
    Ricki Jill Treleaven recently posted..Literary Friday: Spring Break EditionMy Profile

  20. You’re very good at repurposing things Linda. With garlic planted where I usually grow some vegetables, I’m just going to buy most from the farmers market. We went to the one in Barrie this morning, held indoors at their City Hall and there were lots of great vendors – don’t know why we haven’t gone before now.
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  21. love you idea of keys in the garden and growing veggies in containers. Pretty yellow flowers. Enjoy your week ahead.
    Margaret Birding For Pleasure recently posted..SUNDAY THOUGHTMy Profile

  22. What a wonderful kestrel! The garden art is great! Nice posting!

  23. What a beautiful assortment of K’s for your garden. I’ve only seen a kestrel once, but they are pretty. I love the ideas of keys in the garden decor. Those tables do look like a good idea. Thanks so much for joining Friday’s Hunt.
    Eden Hills recently posted..Scavenger Hunt RandomnessMy Profile

  24. Your post has me craving kale chips. Yum! I’m also liking the lovely teapot in the last photo.

  25. Such pretty jewelry to adorn your lovely garden.

  26. You work so hard on your garden! Well done!
    JennJilks recently posted..We aren’t going batty – house repairsMy Profile

  27. Love it to…. Although we buy it instead of growing it ourselves

    Have a nice ABC-Wednesday-day / – week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (ABC-W-team)
    Melody Steenkamp recently posted..ABC-Wednesday 18-K = KloppenMy Profile

  28. Love kale too and wonderful photography here ~ thanks!

    Happy Weekend coming to you ~ ^_^
    artmusedog and carol recently posted..A SHUTTERBUG EXPLORES ~ 26My Profile

  29. Oh if I could I would love to have an herb garden and a veg garden too.

    Photo Cache recently posted..ABC Wednesday: KMy Profile

  30. a kitchen garden is so ecologically strong!

    Roger Green recently posted..K is for Kermit the FrogMy Profile

  31. You are so lucky to have kestrels visiting your garden. They are the most beautiful birds.

  32. Bev Baird

    Wonderful choices for K. Especially loved your key crafts.

  33. You are areally crafty woman. I admire your creativity! What you do with old keys is wonderful. I like your kitchengarden.
    Enjoy your garden as long as possible!
    Wil, ABCWTeam
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