Tips for starting a kitchen garden

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Having a beautiful garden is a dream of many people, but what if that garden can contribute to your healthy lifestyle? Yes! You might have heard about setting up a kitchen garden. A kitchen garden does not just enhance the aesthetics of your home but it even allows you to grow as well as consume healthy veggies and herbs. It even saves your money and you’ll enjoy gardening.

It is not necessary to have a large backyard in order to set up a kitchen garden.  You can simply start gardening in a small space too. Here are various tips that will help you in setting up a beautiful kitchen:

 

  • Select the best site

 

Every plant needs plenty of sunlight and water for its proper growth.  Thus, for a kitchen garden you must find a place with a proper downpour, soil and it must have good exposure to sunlight. Since a large gardening space is not required to start a kitchen garden, you can go for it in your balcony, patio and even a windowsill. Vegetables such as tomatoes and leafy vegetables or peppers can easily grow in little spaces. However, you should take proper care of them. If you are in a deficit of space, then you can fix wall planters or baskets at your home for the plants that have a vertical growth.

 

  • Go after succession planting

 

If you have a huge backyard and are planning for a kitchen garden plantation there, then you can go for succession planting. It will provide you with a continuous supply of vegetables and will enhance their productivity.

 

  • Choose varieties that mature early

 

Some crops take time to get harvested in cool regions. Therefore, you must plant those crops which can easily get harvested without getting spoiled. You should follow this tip especially if you are living in cooler zones.

 

  • Usage of Transplants instead of sowing seeds directly

 

Seeds are a good option for proper and healthy growth of a plant. But at times, the seed may struggle to grow or to adapt to the garden soil. The best option in such cases is to use mature seedlings for which you don’t have to wait much to get matured. They do not take time to adapt to the garden soil.

 

  • Plants to grow as a beginner

 

There are various vegetables that you love to eat but you cannot grow all of them due to space issues and some vegetables are even seasonal. So, it is advisable to choose those vegetables that easy to grow, which grow in every season and which can easily adapt to your garden soil.

 

  • Go for Inter-planting

 

Inter-planting is considered as the best and most productive method in gardening as they don’t cover many areas and keeps pest away. You can use combinations such as Corns, Beans, and Squash; Basil, Chives and Pepper; and many more are quite famous and are seen in various kitchen gardens.

 

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