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Steal This Look: An Urban Edible Garden in San Francisco

January 22, 2014 2:30 PM

BY Michelle Slatalla

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Earlier today we visited clothing designer Courtney Klein at home, in the edible backyard garden she and her husband created from scratch in San Francisco’s Mission District (see Garden Visit: Fashion Designer Courtney Klein’s Mission District Backyard). Courtney, whose Storq maternity clothing collection launches this week, shares tips for how to recreate the look:

Above: Photograph by Jamie Beck via Ann Street Studio.

Irrigation? “We water everything with a watering can, and we have a hose we bring out if it’s been really warm,” says Courtney.

Above: A 3-Gallon Galvanized Watering Can is $31.99 from A.M. Leonard.

Above: The backyard fence and house were painted chalkboard gray before Courtney moved in. The color? Benjamin Moore Day’s End Paint; a gallon ranges in price from $36.99 to $67.99 depending on type and finish.


Above: Klein’s potted plants include an Asparagus ‘Meyeri’ Foxtail Fern, a hardy low-maintenance houseplant; $4.99 for a plant in a 4-inch pot from Sandy’s Nursery.


Above: A 12-inch-tall glass Cylinder Candle Vase is $12.99 from Candles for Less.

Above: A Small 8-Oz. Hummingbird Feeder is $17.99 from Kinsman Co. The 6.5-inch round red base has eight feeding holes.


Above: Courtney’s winter edible garden has chard, kale, cabbages, and several varieties of lettuces, including: Tom Thumb ($1.50 for a packet of 100 seeds); Little Gem ($2.25 for 250 seeds), and Grandpa Admire’s ($2.50 for 250 seeds). All are available from Baker Creek Seeds.

For more views of Courtney’s garden, see Garden Visit: Fashion Designer Courtney Klein’s Mission District Backyard.

Above: The garden’s raised beds and cold frames are made from 10-foot-long redwood planks. A 2 x 4 x 10 Redwood Construction Plank is $8.18 from Lowe’s.


Above: The cold frame panes are made of sheets of nonbreakable plastic; a similar sheet of 4-by-8-foot Clear Twin Wall is $61.75 from Gempler’s.

Above: A concrete dining table and a terra cotta fireplace.


Above: A cement block table with a non toxic wax finish, the Fuze Dining Table measures 57 inches long. It seats six and is $999 from CB2.


Above: A 52-inch-high Clay Chimenea that burns wood is $139 from Lowe’s.

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