What is a kitchen garden?
In this world full of adulterated fruits and vegetables, what we genuinely require is a kitchen garden. A kitchen garden is simply a mechanism/system to produce fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs around the year. A small plot near the house, particularly close to the kitchen can be used to grow a medley of vegetables according to the seasons for a healthy meal. This post will teach you how to make a kitchen garden by yourself.
Importance of kitchen garden
There are numerous benefits of having a kitchen garden as listed below.
Growing healthy vegetables all by ourselves.
- A kitchen garden ensures a regular and convenient supply of fresh vegetables which are basic to nutrition and free from adulteration.
- In addition to it, the table will be very enticing with the cucumber or tomatoes picked minutes before eating.
Economic-saves expenses of buying vegetables from the store
- In an era where the vegetable prices are going sky high, anyone would desire a kitchen garden which is far more economical.
- Kitchen garden ensures a regular supply of vegetables without causing a hole in your pocket.
Free from chemicals and pesticides
- when you plant a seed in your kitchen garden provide it with water, organic manure and kitchen waste-you can be sure that it is free from harmful substances like
- Weed killer
- In addition to it, growing vegetables in a small plot aid controlling of pests and diseases through the removal of affected parts.
- Wasteland around the house can be made productive by turning it into a kitchen garden.
These are the various perks of incorporating a kitchen garden into your house.
We know you can’t wait to learn how to make your own kitchen garden, just hang in there!
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Types of Kitchen garden
Before learning how to make a kitchen garden we need to learn the types of kitchen gardens:
Horizontal or vertical kitchen garden.
- Depending upon the amount of space/area of your backyard you can either opt for a vertical or horizontal kitchen garden..
- A great alternative for gardeners who don’t have a lot of horizontal space or want to do something different is vertical gardens
Raised kitchen garden
- Raised-bed gardening is a great way to grow vegetables – especially if the garden soil is compacted or has poor drainage.
- Raised beds take very little space, and can be built right over a concrete patio.
Kitchen garden on containers
- There are a bunch of vegetables which grow well in the containers. We can use various containers to grow vegetables as listed below:
- Plastic bags
How to make your own kitchen garden?
These are the various steps to be followed for getting to know how to make a kitchen garden.
- The perfect place for a kitchen garden is one that receives lots of sunlight and has a reserved area that is partially shaded so that you can grow all your shade-loving herbs and vegetables there.
- You need to also have a check of the quality of soil and its drainage capability.
- As stated above in case of lack of space you can also opt for a vertical kitchen garden.
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Making arrangements to protect the kitchen garden area
- The kitchen garden area should be protected from livestock. A permanent fence should be made using the thorny plants to make a fence, but the best method is to plant a living fence to protect the garden.
Choosing the varieties of vegetables you want to grow
- In the beginning, it’s best to start out with easy to grow herbs and vegetables like parsley, lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, cucumbers, radishes, etc.
- Succession planting can help you in improving the productivity of your kitchen garden and also provides the constant supply of vegetables
- It is wise to select crops that mature early since you’ll be able to harvest as many crops as you can before the growing season ends.
Space out crops and decide on the manure
- You need to arrange your crops so that they are spaced out well. You can either have row, square or triangular pattern.
- Compost using kitchen waste makes an excellent potting soil. You can buy the compost (organic manure) and supplement it with kitchen waste and all other possible organic wastes around the house, which will decompose.
- If you can introduce some earthworms they will do a fine job of turning the waste matter into rich manure.
After the space is settled either by way of plots or containers, one has to plan how to water the plants, and find a place to keep the garden tools, seeds, manure.
|· Sow compatible crops together||· Don’t water your plants often once they mature.|
|· Consider using organic mulches such as ,rotted hay, chopped leaves, and grass.
|· When planning your vertical garden, pick vegetables, fruits, and herbs that don’t have sprawling root systems|
|· Select crops that need less care and are less prone to pest infection.||· Don’t kill the beneficial bugs|
|· Use transplants instead of sowing seeds directly.||· Don’t ignore the sunlight of the vegetables.|
Reminder to keep in your mind
|Do start small.
|Do research about the vegetables you are considering.|
|Enjoy the process|
Hope this helped you in learning how to make a kitchen garden, you can always improvise things according to your needs. Happy Gardening!
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