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Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Things To Consider When Planning An Outdoor Kitchen

by Eugene Jones

Outdoor kitchens can add value to your home, but the kitchen needs to be functional in order for it to be of any value. That means that your outdoor kitchen needs some careful planning. There are plenty of things to consider when planning your outdoor kitchen space. See below for some helpful tips to consider before making this addition to your outdoor space.

Location

The location of where you put your outdoor kitchen should be convenient. It should be located somewhere fairly close to your actual kitchen, so you aren't running too far to get necessary items when cooking outdoors. The location should be close enough to connect utilities such as electric, water and gas lines. Check that the space is level, or can be leveled out if necessary. 

Space

You need to be sure you have plenty of space for your outdoor kitchen. You'll need space not just for a grill and sink, you also need plenty of prep/counter space. Keep at least 12 inches of counter space around the grill/cook area and 18 inches on either side of your sink for plates and utensils. In order to keep from having to run in the house all the time, be sure you have storage space in this area as well for dry items such as serving dishes and cookware. If you are thinking about having a refrigerator outside, you'll need to plan plenty of space for this as well. 

Weather

Are you planning on using your outdoor kitchen only in warm temperatures? What about when it begins to get cooler outside? Think first about adding shelter to shield you from the weather such as an over-hang, awning or a pergola. Add ceiling fans to help keep you cool in warmer temperatures or add a heater or fireplace when temperatures begin to dip outside.

Safety

If you have smaller children, be sure to lock refrigerators that may keep alcohol. Add safety knobs to grills so little fingers can't turn them on. Round corners of counter tops to keep small ones from bopping their heads. Make sure the kitchen area has non-slip flooring when wet - you can add rubber mats to help with this. Make sure the gas shut off valve is easy to locate to keep gas lines turned off when not in use.

Outdoor kitchens are a wonderful addition to your home and a great way to entertain your guests. Be sure you think about your kitchen layout before jumping into a design. You want to be sure your kitchen is not only functional, but that it also suits the needs of your family.

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