Old-world monastery gardens inspire today's useful and ornamental kitchen gardens. Channel your inner French chef with a garden filled with fresh produce and herbs right out your back door.


Plant your kitchen garden close to your house, where you're likely to walk past it every day. Enclose it with a gate or fence so you not only keep out animals, but also create your own garden oasis separate from the rest of your yard. Finally, incorporate structure -- for example, the bamboo trellises here -- to provide architectural detail while supporting climbing beans, peas, and other vines.

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