Kitchen Garden

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.

Protecting Your Garden

Harness your Accomplishments

Spring is here and you spend several days perfecting your summer vegetable and flower gardens. You have plants in this garden and you are depending on fresh vegetables for your winter food supply. You are proud of your accomplishment then you peek out the window and see a deer walking around in your back yard. She is heading for your garden. The greens are beginning to peek out of the ground and you were just beginning to get excited about them. The deer turns her head to look towards your window. She blinks her eye as to say. “I don’t need to ask to go in your garden”. You watch as she turns and begins to walk into the garden. She bends to take a bite of the fresh cabbage plants you planted a few weeks ago. She nibbles each plant top until it is scarce. You are frozen. Standing there befuddled and watching as this doe ruins your garden. What to do? You jump to your feet, grab your broom handle, and run out the back door yelling at the doe as she takes flight and runs towards the woods. Looking down, you feel a frown as you think of the hard work. You feel sad as you think of the damage she did in just a couple of minutes.

The morning comes and you get in your car to head to the lumber yard. You begin by picking out the perfect lumber for a fence or hiring an expert. Below is the list of items you may need to purchase to protect your garden from the little baby deer. These materials should give you a good size fence when you finish building it.


  • 12- 4x4x8 treated lumber
  • 6 bags of post concrete
  • 1-100 foot roll of chicken wire that is 6 ft high
  • 10 lbs. U nails
  • 2 hinges for gate
  • 4-2x4x8 for gate
  • one hook and latch for the gate
  • hammer
  • shovel
  • wheel barrel to mix concrete

Keeping Out the Animals

You take the time to build your fence. The posts are sitting in cement. This means it will be here each year to keep the deer out. The fence is going to be 6 feet tall so it will keep most animals from jumping the fence to get to your garden. If a bigfoot runs up to your garden, the fence will keep him out of the tomatoes.

Protecting your garden from bunnies is easy if you install a small fence. The fence needs to be under the dirt a little so the bunny or a dog does not dig his way under the fence. Bunnies love greens so you may want to cover the fence in noise makers as well. Cans or pie pans tied to strings will clank during the day or night. The wind catches noisemakers and bangs them up against the fence making noise that scares small animals away.

A 6-foot high wood fence around your yard will keep most anything out. Fences need to have a gate and maybe even a lock. The gate makes it easy for you to get in and out of the fence as you desire. Locks will allow you to put anything in your yard or garden to protect it.

Fences are great when you have small pets and small children. You are able to lock the small animals or small children in or keep the same out. If you have a swimming pool in your yard, you should put a fence up to keep people out. Trespassers and yeti must remain out of your yard and pool unless you invite them to partake of either.