"TO DWELL IS TO GARDEN" - MARTIN HEIDEGGER
I don't particularly remember being outdoorsy as a child. Yet, my memories are flooded with moments spent under fir and pine trees, running my fingertips over the texture of the thick leaves on succulents that lined our steps, picking petals, gathering berries. When we moved to Manhattan, we knew we'd have to be intentional about providing lots of outdoor time for our crew. What we didn't expect was how accessible it would be! Central Park has given us just as many opportunities to explore new terrain as the state park we used to live next to in Washington state. The one thing I have missed though, was getting our hands dirty digging in the dirt, planting seeds, watching things sprout and grow, and harvesting flowers or vegetables.
Container gardening inside our apartment (usually in the kitchen) and on our terrace have both provided just enough planting to satisfying our green thumbs. Succulents and cacti and lavender are all my still my long standing favorites. They are all hearty plants that can survive well indoors and out, and the lavender yields a great crop that can be used in baking, bouquets and sachets. Years ago we started to put together themed garden pots that help us focus what seeds we want to buy, and produce herbs and plants we love to use in the kitchen too.
Here are two of our favorite combinations for you to try:
We love to buy our heirloom seeds at Bountiful Gardens....plus the catalog is dreamy!
Kristen Kill is a woman transformed by the delight of God. She loves coffee, gingerbread, and staying up late with her nose in a good mystery. She believes there is something sacred in lighting candles, in setting a beautiful table and inviting others in. Most days she can be found attempting to learn how to cook, redecorating any given room instead of cleaning her house, and homeschooling her five hilarious children.
A contributing Editor at The Better Mom, and co-host of At Home, a popular podcast with Sally Clarkson, Kristen is passionate about encouraging women who feel stretched thin. She believes that tension is where we can learn to live expectant for the music and melody God is singing over of each one of us. She writes about home, creativity, and flourishing at her blog Hope With Feathers (kristenkill.com)
After spending the last seven years in the hustle of New York City, she and her husband, Josh, are learning to go slow as they raise their family and walk their anxious hound dog in the Pacific Northwest. Her first book, Finding Selah is due from Zondervan in 2018.