Why kitchen garden, you ask?. There’s absolutely nothing quite like fresh veggies, especially if you grow them yourself, which you can! In this blog, we’ll highlight the basics of kitchen gardening and planning: how to pick the right site for your garden, how to take care of it and how to select which vegetables to grow.
PICK THE RIGHT LOCATION
Picking a good location for your garden is absolutely the key. A sub-par location can result in sub-par veggies! Here are a few tips for choosing a good site:
Plant in a sunny location. Most vegetables need at least 6 hours of direct sunlight per day. The more sunlight they receive, the greater the harvest, the bigger the veggies, and the better the taste.
Plant in good soil. Plants’ roots penetrate soft soil more easily, so you need nice loamy soil. Enriching your soil with compost provides needed nutrients. Proper drainage will ensure that water neither collects on top nor drains away too quickly.
Plant in a stable environment. You don’t want to plant in a place that’s prone to flooding during heavy rains, or in a place that tends to dry out a lot. You also don’t want to plant somewhere where strong winds could knock over your young plants or keep pollinators from doing their job.
SUGGESTED PLANTS FOR A BEGINNER’S KITCHEN GARDEN
The vegetables suggested below are common, productive plants that are relatively easy to grow.. Think about what you like to eat as well and what’s difficult to find in a grocery store or farmers’ market. That what you want to grow!
Top Ten Vegetables
- Lady’s finger
- Bitter Guard
(Bonus) Marigolds to discourage pests and add some color!
HOW TO GROW THE BEST VEGETABLES
In addition to choosing the right location, here are a few tips that will help you grow your best veggies yet:
Space your crops properly. For example, potatoes needs a lot of space and can overshadow shorter vegetables. Plants set too close together compete for sunlight, water, and nutrition; are more susceptible to disease and pests; and fail to mature. Pay attention to the spacing guidance on seed packets and plant tabs.
Use high-quality seeds. Seed packets are less expensive than individual plants, but if seeds don’t germinate, your money and time are wasted. A few extra money spent in spring for that year’s seeds will pay off in higher yields at harvest time.
Water properly. Watering your plants the correct amount neither too much nor too little will give them the best chance at producing well-formed, mature vegetables
Plant and harvest at the right time, not too early or too late. Every vegetable has its own planting seasons so be sure to check the seed packet.
These simple tips should get you started, good luck with your kitchen garden out there!
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