mint plant grown in kitchen garden

Starting your own organic kitchen garden

In today’s post, we will learn how to start a kitchen garden, take a look at a few tips & tricks for beginners and other facts about organic kitchen gardening.

In recent times organic gardening is becoming increasingly popular, it is not only because it has become something of a trend but also because of the spreading of awareness. The most important one would be that homegrown produce is a lot safer because you know what exactly goes into producing it. Gardeners also have an appreciation for the food they receive because they don’t get it off the shelf like many of us.

Kitchen gardens are a separate plot from the rest of the residential gardens – where you grow ornamental plants. They are meant to be functional, that is, they are grown for consumption. Growing herbs like mint, basil etc is part of age-old custom in many Indian households. These are also used as home remedies by many Indians.

Herb Garden Seeding

sowing seedling in kitchen gardenYour local nursery is good source of seeds. We recommend you buy them because it is rather difficult to get seeds from existing herbs if you are a beginner. Another source of seeds is your kitchen itself. You can use the fruits and vegetables in your kitchen to collect seeds.

While planting seeds, give enough space to them. Seeds need their part of soil to root and grow.

Good Soil

It is always better to make your own compost rather than buying it because it is an easy task and it serves as a way to dispose of your kitchen waste. You can do so in a very small area (typically 3 x 3 ft) and most of the raw material comes from your kitchen.

You can learn more about different ways to make compost in this post.

Plant Growth Conditions

If you live in a very limited space, try to turn your walls into a vertical garden. Place the pots strategically so that you can make the most out of the space. Make sure you place them so that they get enough sunlight but at the same time are not burnt with too much sun.
hanging herb garden on a wall
The plants should be regularly watered and have proper ventilation and irrigation system. These indoor plants are very easy to take care of and need minimum attention. Also as the water flows from top to bottom, they can be designed to use minimum amount of water.

Now all you’ve got to do is harvest your homegrown produce!

Tips for beginners!

Many beginners are scared to try gardening because of the fear of failure. Sure, you might not succeed the first time but always try and be aware of what suits your home. Here are some tips to begin with:

  1. Do not take unnecessary care of plants – Many beginners think that plants need special care. If the plant is relatively small in size and is in a small pot, they have no problem finding water, so don’t water your plant every time of the day, once or twice a day would do.
  2. If your plant’s wilt and the leaves fall off easily before they reach their full height, it clearly means that they not getting enough sunlight! Move them to a better spot and now see the change.
  3. Always wipe the leaves of the plants. Dust tends to settle faster on the plants that are either indoor or semi-indoor. This makes the plants prone to infections. Regular caring will prevent this type of disease. Once a week is a good call.

Happy gardening!

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