Last time we discussed creating an outdoor space in which to relax. Ahhh…. This week we create a space in which to eat. Yum! It seams natural in the warmer months to have a space in which to eat outside. This can be as small or as large of a space as you desire, and your home allows. Something right outside the kitchen is usually ideal, but not necessary.
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You really do not need much to get started, just a few chairs and a table. The seating can either be more formal with a proper dining table, or a less formal with a smaller coffee table. What you choose depends of course on how big your space is, but also on how you choose to use your space. Do you plan to eat a casual breakfast on the patio? Or host dinner for your family and friends? Perhaps a combination is more appropriate – a small nook for a quick bite and a large picnic table for the weekends.
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It is a bonus if your space contains an outdoor area that is large enough to have a few planted container gardens. In those containers you could be growing herbs, veggies and berries that you can then incorporate into your meal. If you have a lot of room you could have a kitchen garden or vegetable garden planted right in the ground adjacent to your eating space. This makes gathering food you have grown a quick trip out to the garden and back. Or perhaps you plan on prepping or cooking your meal outside. The addition of a simple island area for prepping, or a grill for cooking can be a great addition.
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Large or small…get outside and get cookin’! And eating!