Imagine you’re going to buy vegetables and every time you see some tomatoes or capsicums, and you ask yourself, are they as fresh as they seem? Are they organic? Well, you’re not alone, most people are confused while buying food because it directly affects our health.
The prime solution for all our doubts is growing our vegetables at home and if done correctly, it can also look aesthetically pleasing. Let’s see how.
Things to keep in mind while making your home garden:
1 Find the right place with a lot of sunlight
A kitchen garden requires a minimum of 4-5 hours of sunlight, for it to fully flourish and grow. That much amount of sunlight would be enough for the plants to produce enough nutrients for themselves and grow into beautiful plants.
Firstly, you need to observe your kitchen space and look for the right sunlight spot. Finding a proper space is one of the crucial steps towards a beautiful garden.
For kitchens with little space, window sills are one of the great options you can go for, or you can always opt for pots, hanging baskets, and different types of tins for plants. But make sure to have proper space and gaps for proper drainage as well.
2 Finding or making the right soil for your plants
The foundation of every garden is its soil. When it comes to the soil, you have two main options that are; firstly, you can buy a soil mix from your nearby nursery or create DIY at-home organic fertilizers.
This DIY organic fertilizer consists of coco soil, coconut husk, and mixed garden soil. Make sure to fill the container by mixing all three components in a 1:1:1 ratio. While using pots for your garden, make sure to add stones to maintain the aeration and proper drainage of water.
3 Know and choose what to grow and get the seeds accordingly
As discussed above, sunlight plays a major role when it comes to building a beautiful green garden. If you’re opting for herbs like mint, curry leaves, or basil, then it just requires 3-4 hours of direct sunlight.
But when it comes to vegetables like tomato, capsicum, onion, and many more they take a minimum of 4-5 hours of direct sunlight on them. You can choose your favorites and stick with them for the beginning until you are fully comfortable with them.
While sowing the seeds, make sure you’re doing it properly, as for some plants if the seeds are sown too deep, they don’t sprout well. You need to sow the seed double of its diameter deep distance only.
Maintain a proper distance between the seeds to make the plants grow to their full potential. The less the space between the seeds, the smaller the herbs/vegetables.
4 Types of equipment you need for your garden
Many types of equipment can be used for your garden to make your work more efficient. A shovel is a great tool to dig holes, change soils, and relocate the plants from one place to another. Gardening scissors are very useful for removing dry leaves or anything which affects plant growth.
A trowel is always essential, it is a tool similar to a shovel but smaller for more efficient gardening. You can always have a nice pair of gardening gloves as some people don’t prefer touching soil with bare hands.
Finally, a pipe or water dispenser can make it easier for you to water your plants.
When it comes to watering plants, one should always take it seriously. If watered less, your plant will dry out soon, and if done in excess then the soil will be wet, and it can cause rotting of roots. Watering your plants regularly and according to their needs, is one of the key elements for making your kitchen garden a success.
5 Enjoy the process and watch your garden grow
Once the seeds are planted properly, you can watch them grow from seeds to sprout in a couple of days. Not only that but they will soon grow into a proper plant in no time. Tasting that fresh vegetable or herb grown in your garden will bring immense joy and peace.
Make sure you talk to your plants every single day, as one of the researches done by IKEA suggests that if you talk to your plants positively, your plants will grow healthy. This is not only great for your plants but also therapeutic for the mind as well.
When it comes to soil, keep the soil always clean by removing dry flowers or leaves, it gives plants a chance to grow more. If the plants need staking like bitter gourd or tomatoes, provide them with the proper necessary support.
Make sure that you have a proper schedule that allows you to water the plants every day and at the same time. If going out of town for some days, ask a friend or your neighbor to act as a helping hand and share some of the vegetables with them later as a thank-you gesture.
6 Vegetables and herbs you can grow at home
There are many vegetables and herbs that you can easily grow in your kitchen garden. Here’s a list of things you can grow in your garden.
And the list goes on and on. Make sure to do your research before planting them and cater according to their needs.
Growing your own vegetables in your new kitchen garden can be a whole new experience. Taking care of them will get easier with time and errors. Hopefully, you find this article helpful and can use some of these tips to grow your own beautiful kitchen garden. So, grow your own veggies, eat healthy and have happy gardening.