Have you heard about kitchen gardening?
Today I reveal to you my secret on how I provide fresh organic vegetables for my family everyday throughout the year – kitchen gardening!
“We stay in a flat in a metro. We don’t even have a terrace or a balcony”- This will be the first thought that crossed your mind on mentioning about kitchen garden. Isn’t it?
Well, a vegetable garden is still possible in spite of the space constraints. You can have your own kitchen garden even in the window of your apartment.
“I am a working parent. Do you think we have the time to take care of the plants”. – Your next excuse to put off the gardening idea.
As a working parent myself, I can assure you that it takes minimum effort to maintain a garden.
If you have kept some flowering plants in and around your house, this is just the same! In fact even lesser effort. Give it a try.
Importance of kitchen gardening
Organic is trending these days! Healthy living is something that all of us look out for. And this is true for our kids as well.
With a lot of news reports revolving around adulteration of food you can’t rely on anything these days!
Even the ones sold branded as organic, you got to be careful to check the authenticity! It is high time to think about what is the safest way to feed our little ones.
So what is the alternative for this?
Basic essentials to start a kitchen garden
Here are few tips and tools to grow your own vegetable garden.
- Pots or containers
You could use the mud pots available at nurseries or plastic pots or even old buckets or containers. Grow bags especially made for growing plants are also available at nurseries.
Use plastic plates under the pots to avoid water from draining out especially if you set this up at the window.
Seedlings are easily available at various nurseries. The people at nurseries can also guide you on the right season to sow a seed.
Soil should be of good quality and should retain moisture.
Again the nurseries play guide to choose the right type of soil and also provide the compost needed. You can use your kitchen waste as an organic compost.
Plants need watering regularly. Excessive watering is also considered bad.
Depending upon the season choose to water the plants.
Choose an area where sunlight is good. However ensure that the plants are not under direct sunlight for a long period especially in terraces.
Moderate sunlight is good for germination.
- Insect or pest control
It’s important to keep the veggies germ and insect free.
Water boiled with neem leaves can be sprayed to keep insects at bay.
Steps to do kitchen gardening
Once you have the raw materials it is fairly simple. Sow the seeds, water them regularly.
During the germination phase ensure that you just sprinkle the water. Direct pouring of water may result in the seedlings to get damaged. Also do not over expose to sunlight.
Monitor the seeds on a daily basis to check if there is any kind of insect attack.
Patience is the key here. Every seed takes some time to germinate. It is dependent on a number of factors like the weather, water, quality of seed and soil, sunlight etc.
What vegetables to try first for a kitchen garden?
You can begin with, some veggies that need less maintenance.
From my experience tomatoes, brinjal, ladies finger, cucumbers, coriander, spinach, fenugreek, chillies and curry leaves doesn’t require much maintenance and care. For a beginner in kitchen gardening I will recommend to try these out first. Most of them are what you use in day in day cooking.
Benefits of having a kitchen garden
The other benefits of having a kitchen garden are as follows.
- The most important benefit of having a vegetable garden is that you can eat pesticide free vegetables. Use natural fertilizers and grow chemical free fruits and veggies. This is the best thing you can do for your kids.
- You always have a fresh supply of vegetables at your reach
- Fun of having your own veggies. Sense of pride. Oh yes you have grown your own veggies! Trust me this is fun.
- Till date kids have been eating what you cook. Now they can even eat what you have grown.
- Kids can see this process and take up interest in the same. Gardening is a great hobby to cultivate and one of the best things you can teach your kids
- You don’t have to pay very high prices to buy organic vegetables from the market. You can get it for free from your own kitchen garden.
- Your only investment is a little time and effort.
Having your own self sufficient garden will take additional effort and time.
First try this out for a simple kitchen garden and then you can make a full time garden for your kitchen needs.
Most people give up thinking that the plants aren’t growing well.
Well it takes some time to sprout and then give fruits. Also ensure that you pick up the right seed for the right season. People at your local nursery can help you here.
Also not all seeds that you sow shall sprout. So patience is the key here!
Hope my two cents on kitchen gardening inspire more people to turn organic and live healthy!
Do you have a kitchen garden? Do you buy organic vegetables? Is there any other home grown vegetables I can try? Do share with me in comments.