4 Handy tips for planting an edible kitchen garden.
In today’s world, there is no need to emphasize on the importance of growing your own food. Adulteration and skyrocketing prices are enough to get you motivated. Contrary to popular belief, setting up a kitchen garden is much easier than you think!
Herbs are easy to grow in small spaces
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Here are a few handy tips to plant your own kitchen garden/ patch and nourish them into healthy veggies.
Plants you can grow
There may be variety of reasons why you cannot plant a full-fledged kitchen garden. Are you limited space, attention and time plants need, unfavorable climatic conditions, lack of sunlit spots? Worry not! There are still many plants that can be grown in small spaces. Some common vegetables that can be grown in a home kitchen garden are tomatoes, brinjal, radish, capsicum, spring onions, cucumber, lettuce etc. There are also many small fruiting trees like lemon and edible herbs such as curry leaves, coriander, mint and holy basil or Tulsi, which are easy to grow at home.
Popular plants that you can grow in your kitchen garden
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Choosing the right spot/ pot for your garden
How you situate your garden or plant pot/ container depends on the space available to you and the plants that you intend to grow. When picking a spot keep in mind weather conditions, slope of the site, drainage, availability of water etc. If you are planting a container garden you can choose from pots of various sizes made from a variety of materials like plastic, old tin cans and even heavy mud pots. Plan your kitchen garden and place it on a side or part of your home site, or a part of your apartment, that receives adequate sunlight throughout the year.
A variety of pots to choose from!
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Good soil should be free from disease, lightweight, retain moisture and be rich essential nutrients. The best potting mediums are compost and manure, you can also add compost-able kitchen waste to this mix.
Using compost for healthy kitchen garden soil
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Fight insects with companion gardening
Since you are growing edible plants it pays to use the companion gardening method to keep insects at bay naturally. For instance, a garlic plant will protect your cucumber and celery plants from infestation when planted close to them!
Planting marigold in your garden repels pests and attracts beneficial insects
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Use these tips to plant your very own urban kitchen garden and do share the fabulously green, fresh and yummy results with us!