There is nothing like eating fresh produce and herbs from your own garden. Whether you have a large backyard where you can plant a full kitchen garden or a small apartment patio where you can grow vegetables in containers, there are ways that you can successfully create a classic kitchen garden no matter what your space limitations may be. Use the tips below to get you started and help you plan for a beautiful and tasty kitchen garden all your own.
Classic Garden Plants
When it comes to planting a classic kitchen garden, there are some must-have plants that should not be missed. The plants that should be included are: tomatoes, green beans, zucchini, yellow squash, eggplant, basil, oregano, and thyme. You can also add other plants if they are family favorites. By starting with a basic selection of versatile plants, you will have many menu and cooking possibilities.
For some people, there is nothing like digging in their garden dirt and planting their crops: There is plenty of room to space out your plants and make sure that they prosper. Companion planting, a method of planting crops near one another based on their needs, is a good idea that saves labor, time and water. Before you start putting your vegetables and herbs into the ground, plot out where everything will go, allowing ample room for growth.
When you live in a condominium or an apartment, the space that you have available for planting may be confined to a balcony or patio. In these cases, it is best to use containers and create a patio container garden. You will need large containers from your local home improvement store or plant nursery. If possible, select the containers that have the look of genuine stone pots, but that are actually made from a lightweight plastic. This will make it a lot easier to maneuver the pots once you have them filled with soil and plants. The key to container gardening is making sure that the plants you put in each container get what they need. Are they positioned in a way to get enough sunlight? Are they spaced far enough apart to thrive and grow? Container plants need more water and fertilizer than plants grown in the ground because the pots dry out quickly from heat and wind, and nutrients are leached out of the pot each time you water. Plan on watering daily during the warmest weather months.
Whether your garden is in the backyard, on your patio or balcony, or in small pots on your kitchen windowsill, you will enjoy the fruits of your labor during the summer months. Be sure to water and care for your plants properly so that they will yield that maximum amount of produce. You can grow your plants from seeds that you start in the early spring months, or you purchase them as seedlings at the local plant nursery. However they get started, it is ultimately what you do with them that will make all the difference.