How to Start your Own Kitchen Garden

Eating healthy is one of the major concerns of almost everyone. Nowadays, a lot of the food we consume contains preservatives. Some of you might be thinking of starting an organic vegetable patch on your own backyard.
Gardening is tough work due to the consistent efforts needed and the possible space management you have to deal with. However, it’s such a missed opportunity to own an untouched soil at your backyard and not utilise it. For those who plan on starting their own kitchen garden, here are some useful tips that you can use!

Why a Kitchen Garden?

Having a vegetable garden at home is an easy way to save money. One of the advantages of growing a vegetable garden is that it provides fresh produce that you can grow in your own backyard (instead of buying expensive ones in the grocery store).
In most cases, a kitchen garden produces enough vegetables for a family to consume. Apart from that, the vegetables coming from your garden are assured to be  fresh and healthier than those bought at the grocery store — provided you don’t use pesticides and harmful chemicals. A vegetable garden doesn’t  just give you accessible food source but tending to it is also a nice recreation.

Start small

Keep in mind that a kitchen garden is intended for vegetables and fruits (which can be consumed when it’s ripe). The problem is when you become overwhelmed of the yield that is impossible for your family to consume all the vegetable and fruit produce.  Just plant enough veggies for your family’s needs.

Choose A Perfect Location.

  • Sunlight

Make sure that enough sunlight can reach the garden area. Keep in mind that most plants need at least six hours of exposure to sunlight. Sufficient sunshine will help ensure that your plants grow and produce healthy veggies and fruits. Even if you live in a location where it doesn’t have enough sunlight, there are still plenty of vegetables that you can grow. Many leafy greens that are suitable for cold places include lettuces, cabbage, celery, and among others.

  • Water

An ideal drainage system doesn’t allow water to stay on the soil for too long or drain easily. It’s best to have your garden row close to a water source.

  • Soil

Identifying the right type of soil for your garden is essential. Loan soil is the absolute soil type for gardening since it is easy to dig through and drains easily. Knowing the type of your soil helps you identify what type of vegetables fit well with your garden. Another important thing to know is that adding compost to your soil provides your plant’s much needed nutrients.

Plan the Size

A 16’ x 10’ garden is a great place to start. You can pick at least five of your favourite veggies  and buy three plants of each one.  This will provide a modest harvest for summer meals!

Choose what to plant and when to plant

Always remember that it is best to plant carrots in April. In summer time, cool-season varieties such as snap beans, corn, cucumbers, melons, peppers, tomatoes, and squash may do better in a partly shaded area in the garden. There are other greeneries suitable for your garden; just keep in mind some plants fair better others depending on the season.

What to Expect

Even a small kitchen garden needs your focused attention and planning. One of the challenges of starting and maintaining a kitchen garden is timing. Some of you may be planning to have a huge garden that will be able to grow everything you want; but remember: “It’s better to be have a small garden than to be frustrated by a big one!”

Photo source: http://www.brit.co/edible-herb-garden-ideas-small-spaces/
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One Comment Add yours

  1. Alyssa says:

    Love the labelling on the pots! We have basil and sage in our kitchen. It’s been saving us some trips to the grocery store.

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