SUMMARY: Keeping a garden blooming and fresh needs lot of effort. The fruits of the labor are well worth it. Garden plants, houseplants, herbs, water plants and vegetables grow well with a little care. Here are some tips to start you off on your kitchen garden odyssey.
Choose your garden plants
All kitchen gardens have their special fruit, houseplants or vegetable plants. The most popular kitchen garden plants comprise those that grow easily without needing too much care. In this review, we see which ones you can grow if you do not have much idea of what will fit into your kitchen garden.
Vegetables, houseplants and water plants
a) Radish: Radishes are easy to grow because they grow so quickly. They grow well in sun. The plant is not more than 6 –8 inches in height. The growing time is only 30 – 40 days.
b) Watermelon: This creeper bears sweet and refreshing fruits 2 –3 feet in diameter. The plant requires good sunlight. It does not stand cold. Wait for summer to get your fill of this delicious fruit.
c) Pea: The favorite for the home garden enthusiast, peas are spring crops. They grow well in sun. They grow up to a height of 10 feet or more.
d) Tomato: This small plant requires plenty of sun. It can grow up to 18 feet in height. They need fertile soil and plenty of water. This plant is also susceptible to frost. Best to plant tomatoes in summer.
e) Spinach: Spinach is nutrient rich vegetable salad plant that you can easily grow in your kitchen garden. They grow best in sun. the size of the plant will be between 1 — 2½ feet.
Spices and tanginess
a) Spice up your garden with basil. Mix it with salads or any dish. It gives a tangy and spicy flavor. It grows well in the sun. This annual herb grows up to 2½ feet in height. The do not do so well in cold weather. So plant them after winter has passed.
b) Another classic spicy shrub is the bay plant. It is the chef’s favorite for stews, soups and meat dishes. It requires sun to grow. It can grow up to 16 feet in height. This perennial shrub or tree does not like the cold at all.
Good care is essential for your garden and houseplants
Like all kitchen gardens, one has to be on one’s toes for insects and pests. One usually finds them when new leaves begin to sprout or fruits begin to appear on your houseplants. Prepare a compost heap in one corner of your garden. You can use this compost to manure the garden soil. You can spray them out with a water hose. Weeding and watering are essentials for a home garden. You can use shelves if you do not have too much space in your garden. Keep the soil well drained to avoid rotting of the roots.