To have a glance at what actually is KITCHEN GARDEN? You should learn about manifest gardening first. This is designed for the public in a way to get an idea of plantation and maintenance of the garden.
All you need first to set up a garden is your ‘keen interest’.
“Gardening is an exercise in optimism. Sometimes it is a triumph of hope over experience.” – Marina Schinz
Every one of us is looking for a better and healthier life. In today’s time, you can get whatever fruits and vegetables you want in any season. This means that the amount of pesticides used while growing plants is increased. So the best and the only solution is to develop your own space.
Keep on reading this article and learn pros and cons of setting your own space in your home.
WHAT IS KITCHEN GARDEN?
KITCHEN GARDEN is a space allotted within the kitchen or a small open space near your kitchen. It goes with the theme of your home.
You connect with nature within your kitchen and this is productive too. Giving your eyes a good visual appeal and also is helping you to cut off extra expenses.
There are two ways of planting a garden. The first includes food snips, which is re-growing, and the other is growing vegetables and plants from fresh new seeds.
TYPES OF KITCHEN GARDEN
Greens bring so much glory to every space, whether small or huge, inside or outside. Here we will go through both indoor and outdoor garden placements.
 INDOOR GARDEN
Placement goes along the lines of the kitchen design, and of course at a place where it is in direct contact with the sunlight. The design should flow in coordination with the existing units in the kitchen, so it doesn’t look like it is a segregated unit.
Also, this should be placed near the wet area of the kitchen. By doing this you get a mess-free garden, as the pots continuously drip.
Place it on the windowsill of your kitchen. By doing this it will ensure that the whole system is in contact with your eyesight but physically away from the rest of your regular kitchen routine.
 OUTDOOR GARDEN
If you can plan for an outdoor kitchen garden? This could be more than sufficient for your family members. Production of vegetables and fruits increases as space increases.
Outdoor space can be developed with symmetrical beds arranged and planted parallel to one another. A path for walkthrough can also be developed between these rows of gardens, providing you easy access through it.
You can also use height and grow plants upright. All these possibilities are viable in outdoor space. Other than placing beds, if you do not have large space to develop, you can have number of pots side by side. This will assure you productivity and subtract waste of space.
HOW TO START A KITCHEN GARDEN?
To begin with, make sure you choose limited space which is manageable by you. Don’t rush for big space, this will lead you to trouble in the very beginning.
Try to grow more varieties of crops in small amounts. Choose crops wisely, that grows faster and need less care. Don’t jump to grow plants that need extra care and take longer time to grow.
Start growing with the basic regular needs of kitchen herbs. Planting herbs at first will save your everyday time of bringing in from the market.
Also, you will learn through the process and gain the confidence to grow some vegetables and fruits. Try to grow crops that remain almost all the year or for maximum time.
WHAT SHOULD YOU GROW?
Now, this is based on person to personal liking. You should grow what you love to eat, and also as per your requirement. Make a list of vegetables, fruits, and herbs that you enjoy. Also, choose wisely, consider those that are more expensive to buy.
Keep in mind, to grow plants organically. Ordinary growing plants include high use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides, and other artificial chemicals. Go for succession planting, this will increase crop availability during a cultivating season by making efficient use of space and time duration of different seasons.
WHAT ARE THE NECESSARY CRITERIA FOR GROWING?
Plants need air, sunlight, right amount of space for growth, soil, water, and nutrients to be healthy. If any of the above mention criteria is not there, it could affect the growth of the plants.
Let us now go through each one of these criteria in detail.
Place plants in right spot of sunlight. Good air circulation and sunlight help plants grow faster with longer life.
Look for direct access to sunlight. Most kitchen plants require 3-6 hours of sunlight. Don’t forget to rotate your different parts of plants to sun every few days for even growth.
You can use any available earthen, plastic, glass container. The only thing to keep in mind is that it should be at least 6 inches or taller to provide space for faster growing roots. Make small holes through the containers, for continuous dripping of water.
Now that we are talking about soil, we should learn about its three main types. Sandy, loamy, and clay are it’s three types. To get optimum growth of the plants, the soil should be rich in nutrients. The best choice for most of the plants is sandy loam.
If you are willing to choose soil for indoor plants then don’t use gardening soil as it is thicker in texture. Best option is to use potting mix for plants that you are growing in pots. Readymade potting mixes are available in the market, so you don’t need to do lots of research.
Here you need to be more careful, as you will have to make sure to give right amount of water to the plants. Excess water or less water supply will affect the growth of the plants or plants can even die.
It also depends on the seasons, during summer you need to water them more than in humid seasons. Have some space above the soil level in the container, so that water doesn’t overflow. An easy solution to check whether the plants need watering or not is to put your finger about one inch and see if it feels dry.
ESSENTIAL KITCHEN GARDEN PLANTS
Fresh herbs and vegetables make your food delicious and even healthier. Keep in mind while growing herbs that they need 4-6 hours of sunlight daily.
The list of herbs and vegetables that you can grow in your kitchen garden is endless. Here, we will go through few of them in detail.
 CORIANDER :
The most common herb coriander is used as a digestive aid. It adds color and fresh flavor to your dish. You can grow this indoor or outdoor, in small or big spaces.
For planting, press the coriander seeds between your palm before sowing them in soil.
 MINT :
Mint is called an aromatic herb. Other than food it is also used in medicines, cosmetics. There some 4-5 varieties of mint are available, spearmint, sweet mint, peppermint, flavored mint, and pudina.
For planting, use stem cuttings of mint and put them in a bowl of water for better growth of roots, add little soil with it. Once the roots start growing, transfer it into the pot.
 BASIL :
Basil is the oldest known herb, it’s healing and healthful properties are known all over the world. The holy basil plant can be seen outdoor in almost all Indian houses.
For planting, you can grow from both seeds and stem cuttings of basil. Follow the same process as in mint planting.
 TOMATOES :
Tomatoes name itself gives the imagination of red, juicy, little sweet, and tangy flavors all together. The only thing to take care of while growing from seeds is to give roots plenty of space to branch out. Rotate plants regularly and keep in a breeze to develop strong stem.
 CUCUMBER :
One can grow cucumber indoor, but if space permits go for an outdoor plantation as it can climb. For planting, sow 4-5 seeds about half deep in the soil and keep seeds few away from one another.
 PEAS :
Green peas need good drainage and their soil should not dry out. Bush peas climb 2 to 3 feet tall while climbing peas grow 6 to 8 feet in height. This plant needs full sun, so select spot in garden accordingly.
For planting, space 2 inches distance between two peas seeds and 1 inch inside the soil.
From a broad perspective, if you are eating healthy you will automatically stay healthy. Every one of us should start growing small portion of our food in our KITCHEN GARDEN. This will build confidence through the process, save time of buying it from the market, and also save your money.
Bringing nature to your kitchen will compliment your overall kitchen color. If you are an Open kitchen design lover, then these would make your space more visually engaging.
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