Bring Nature Indoors
A kitchen garden is a small space separate from other huge tracts of land meant to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs for household consumption. A kitchen does not have to be right outside the kitchen but the closer it is to the kitchen the
better. Kitchen gardens are known to produce the most nutritious fruits and vegetables than any other garden. A family with a kitchen garden has the choice of choosing what type of vegetable to eat all the time since a kitchen garden can accommodate a variety of them. It’s also an assurance to the person owning a kitchen garden that they will always have tasty meals.
Starting a kitchen garden is not difficult at all. One needs a garden space of at least 10 by 10 meters which will be in a square shape. Despite being near the kitchen, one has to ensure that the garden is receiving the right amount of sunlight which could be at least six hours. Also, there is need to ensure that the soil in the kitchen garden has no huge pediments neither is it a poor drainage soil. The gardener also must, at least, be patient to start with a small space that they will manage but can continue expanding with time. Plants will not do well if the kitchen garden is out of reach by the sun. Some of the vegetables, on the other hand, can be grown in your kitchen in the garden. Many fruits, however, require a lot of sun and will not survive in an indoor kitchen environment. The other alternative is to have UV lighting, providing the same benefits from sunlight. Check out a kitchen designer to get a quote. They will be able to tell you if the design of your current kitchen will be suitable for natural light, provide suggestions on where to stylishly place an area for UV lightening, or a quote on remodeling the kitchen of your dreams.
After determining the site, it’s time to prepare the garden. Preparation comes with good drainage soil with nutrients, if it’s in a flat place, one can consider making a ground made of raised beds. If the soil is poor one needs to look for the good soil and use sacks or containers for planting. Many vegetables will, and fruits do well in a kitchen garden with the likes of tomatoes, red bell peppers, kales, carrots, peas, beans, broccoli, beets and all other leafy greens. All this will require a bit of a cool environment with a little bit of sun. Beans, however, can be planted in the area near that is cool dark and dry. Indoor kitchen gardens will accommodate many types of leafy greens like spinach, broccoli and herbs like the peeper. Most of the greenies bolt in direct sunlight; peas also thrive well in the closed environment but with some light.
The thriving of a kitchen garden is determined a person’s effort. The design of one’s garden will also affect the quality of crop produced. For example root crops like carrots, onions and Irish potatoes will require raised beds for more space for their roots. A good bed should be around 41cm wide and 1.5m long. Tomatoes will also do well on raised beds especially when they are planted indoors since beds help retain a lot of warmth. The kitchen garden should occupy a small space like 25 inches so that the growth of crops is easily monitored. Avoiding too much shade for the kitchen garden shortens the time the plants take to mature. Kitchen garden works best when there is family involvement, and it helps members of the family learn how to cost cut. It is advisable for people to start one when they can. The maintenance of a kitchen garden is also easy as one is only required to ensure that the plants have enough nutrients, water, light and warmth.