Kitchen Garden- Nature’s Painting


Kitchen Garden- Nature's Painting

“Gardening is like a medicine which does not need any prescription and has no limits on dosage.” The kitchen garden is a separate space from residential one i.e., ornamental plants and lawn areas. The vegetable garden is a miniature form old family farm plots, but the kitchen garden is very different. It is the source of herbs, veggies, and fruits. It is a structural garden space with repetitive geometric patterns. Also, it contains space for the potager, vegetables, and herbs.

12 requirements to prepare a kitchen garden

Kitchen Garden- Nature's Painting
Kitchen Garden- Nature’s Painting

Site Selection For Kitchen Garden

The ideal site is one who receives plenty of sunlight and has a conserved area which is partially shaded where all the shade-loving vegetables and herbs can be grown in the kitchen garden. It should also have a proper drainage system and soil.

Start growing plants which are easy to grow

In the beginning, start with easy to grow herbs and veggies like mint, basil, parsley, lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, etc. after these start growing plants which need care like cauliflowers, onions, cabbage, carrots, melons, etc.

Grow veggies in raised beds

Doing this improves the productivity of the kitchen garden and also does the planning and planting easier. Raised can also save from back strains of the farmers.

Lack of space

Install wall planters, railing planters, and hanging baskets to support crops which grow vertically. Space-hungry creeping plants such as tomatoes, peas, melons, gourds, etc. can be built with the help of stakes, fences, trellises or cages. It also saves time. Upward facing plants faceless fungal infections.

Spacing out well

Pay attention in arranging the crops. Planting in rows or square patters in common but veggies can be grown in a triangular pattern which gives 15% more productivity. If each bed is crowded, plants don’t reach their full potential.

Succession planting in the kitchen garden

It helps in improving the productivity level. It also provides a constant supply of veggies.

Transplants in the kitchen garden

Sowing seeds in pots helps in more productivity level, time, and are healthier than direct-seeded plants. When there is enough space, transplant matured seedlings on the soil instead of sowing seeds. They adapt faster than direct-seeded plants.

Kitchen Garden- Nature's Painting
Kitchen Garden- Nature’s Painting

Early mature varieties

This helps for those living in colder regions as this helps in harvesting as many crops till the growing season’s end. This also helps in saving time. Selecting plants that mature quickly is a preferable step in gardening.

Interplanting

Interplanting plants save space, time, repels regular pests, and even makes crops more productive. Vegetables like corns, beans and squash; tomatoes, basil, and marigold; basils, chives, and pepper are compatible with each other.

Edge planting

It involves growing plants along the edges of the kitchen. They benefit by offering mulch, protection from weeds, warding off pests, and acting as windbreakers.

Learn the garden zone

Plan the kitchen garden accordingly and think about the edibles which are likely to eat most. Learn about the best which grows in the particular garden zone before making final decisions.

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