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Published April 25, 2020 by Nicole Burke

Kitchen Gardens Before and After

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Before and After Shots Are One of Our Favorite Things at Gardenary

Ever since I founded Rooted Garden, I've been sharing the #beforeandafter of my kitchen garden installations, and I love the story they tell.

When you first look at an outdoor space, it can be difficult to see the possibility for a kitchen garden. But once you see the way the raised bed fits into the area, you just can't unsee it.

Here's a round up of some of our favorite #beforeandafter kitchen garden transformations.

Before and After a Border kitchen garden installed by Rooted Garden in Houston, Texas

Border Kitchen Garden Designed by Nicole Burke of Rooted Garden

Pictured here is one of our favorite kitchen garden transformations, and you can believe this garden is pictured throughout my new book, Kitchen Garden Revival.

This is one of the most liked images I've ever shared, and lots of the Gardenary friends and followers say it's because it shows the potential to garden even in a smaller space. 

I can't help but agree. When I met with this wonderful client, they already had a vision for how they'd use their kitchen garden. They wanted to harvest loads of herbs and greens and have a space they could enjoy with their two young children. 

Sometimes it's difficult to picture the possibilities for a kitchen garden in a smaller space, but this before and after makes it totally believable, right?

Before and After a keyhole garden designed by Nicole Burke of Rooted Garden in Houston Texas

Keyhole Kitchen Garden Designed for a Large Space

I owe the world to my first clients from Rooted Garden.

They took me at my word and trusted me when all I had was a smile, loads of energy, and a promise that Houston was a great place to grow.

This client was one of the first to entrust a large space to me for their kitchen garden. She was already an avid gardener. Though the "before" space doesn't show it, she actually knew a lot about gardening and had loads of things growing throughout her landscape. 

When I suggested the keyhole design for this kitchen garden, she was all in. And I was so excited.

It was quite a feat to bring in these beds and get them assembled in this spot, but the end result was amazing. 

Wanna know how this client found out about me and my new company Rooted Garden? Her dear friend invited her over to see the garden I’d just set up for her.

That was how all the magic happened in the beginning and even now—one kind person sharing my vision and hope with another.

It’s how every revival happens.

Here’s to spreading good news and bringing the kitchen garden back one friend at a time.

Ready to create your own Before and After?

Kitchen Garden Academy

Inside Kitchen Garden Academy and your Gardenary 365 membership, you'll learn all you need to know to create your own before and after for your own kitchen garden design. This eight module course guides you by the hand to create the garden of your dreams. With your Gardenary 365 membership, you'll also have access to our complete Gardenary course library.

Before and After a four garden classic designed by Nicole Burke of Rooted Garden in Houston Texas

Four Garden Classic Kitchen Garden Designed for a Square Space

Pictured here was my first large kitchen garden to install way back in the spring of 2016. This client trusted me and Rooted Garden with her entire side yard. And if you think I felt nervous, you’re thinking right.

But when I asked my client for a testimony a few months after the install, she said, “This was the most meaningful home improvement project I’ve ever done.”

Her words helped me see the garden in a new light—not just a place to “cheaply grow food” but also an extension of the home, an investment in a place to enjoy your home in a new way. 

It’s true: a kitchen garden like this isn’t cheap. But I would love to propose a new way for us to start viewing the garden: as a meaningful home improvement. Whatever investment you can make, it will be worth every last penny. 

April to August in a Houston kitchen garden designed by Nicole Burke owner of Rooted Garden

Large Kitchen Garden in a Rectangular Space

This #beforeandafter is brought to you by the sunshine. 

I set up this kitchen garden in my first spring with Rooted Garden in 2016, and it had a rare thing for Houston urban plots: full sun all day long. 

After adding magic compost and local plants, this space took off and fast, so fast that our cattle panel trellises flopped mid season under the weight of all that growth. Once these vines died back, we replaced the panels with stronger metal arch trellises that could handle all this growth. 

I can remember the days of arriving to tend this garden and being amazed every time I returned to see how much it had changed. The dynamic nature of a kitchen garden is one of the reasons I adore it so much. Trees and bushes are nice, but the daily changes in a kitchen garden keep me coming back to see what’s changed from the day before (kinda like social media, but you can eat it).

If you’ve never watched a food plant grow with your own eyes, you’ve just gotta try it this spring. Start with arugula seed. And if you can, be sure to include a lot of sunlight.

Before and After kitchen garden installation in West University Place by Rooted Garden

Four Garden Classic with a Modern Arch Trellis

After my adjustment, I nervously offered my Rooted Garden card and asked my chiropractor at West U Wellness if I could possibly teach a class on gardening to her clients. 

She smiled, was so kind, and said yes. A few weeks passed after the class, and then my phone rang. It wasn’t about my next chiropractor appointment; it was my chiropractor calling to ask me to create a kitchen garden for her backyard. 

And guess what I said.... YES!

It was a treat to get texts and photos from Caroline sharing her harvests, her special moments with her kids, and all the good she was pulling from her new getaway. 

This project taught me such a good lesson: even when you feel nervous, do it anyway. 

If I’d never said a thing to Dr. Long, this perfect kitchen garden might not have happened. So, many thanks to Dr. Long for trusting us with this space, and here’s to all the healthcare workers who do so much to keep us healthy. 

Modern Arch Trellis


This arch is, hand downs, our most asked-about arch on social media!

All of our arches are made with graceful curves of tubular steel, powder coated black.

Ready to create your own Before and After?

Kitchen Garden Academy

Inside Kitchen Garden Academy and your Gardenary 365 membership, you'll learn all you need to know to create your own before and after for your own kitchen garden design. This eight module course guides you by the hand to create the garden of your dreams. With your Gardenary 365 membership, you'll also have access to our complete Gardenary course library.

Before and After kitchen garden transformations by Gardenary, Inc.