There is no better time than now to start thinking about kitchen garden ideas. The grow your very own trend is on the rise like never before. Once you’ve made your own sweetcorn cobs or tomatoes straight off the vine, you’ll understand why.
Nothing can beat the satisfaction of having your own food. Plus, it tastes better. Grow your own food is good for you because it gives you a sense calm while planting and nurturing your crops. You also get the satisfaction of picking your produce.
Because you can grow everything organically, it’s also healthier. It doesn’t matter if you want fresh salad leaves or fresh herbs all the time, or fiery chilies to spice up your food, it’s simple to do.
Growing small amounts of diverse crops can yield great rewards. Do not bother with high maintenance crops, such as celery and kale. Instead, focus on easy produce with big yields like super-sweet peas straight out of the pods, leafy leaves, fresh herbs, and pots filled with lush strawberries.
Space doesn’t have to be limited. Creatively think vertically. Layer pots and create a living roof.
KITCHEN GARDEN IDEAS – A BEGINNER’S GUIDE
Jamie Innes, horticulturalist and founder of Artisan Landscapes says, “Growing one’s own is a lifestyle.” He was educated at London’s Kew Gardens. It is a way to combine health, sustainability, and a desire that you feel closer to nature. It is a way to disconnect from modern stressors like social media and allows you to be more committed to something.
The best kitchen garden designs will inspire you to design your space.
1. DIVIDING OUR SPACE WILL CREATE A POTENGER’S GARDEN
You want a traditional vegetable patch. A neat, structured layout is essential. This style is also known as a potager’. Divide the space into four areas. If possible, add a small central bed.
Sarah Raven, a plant expert says that four beds can then be allocated to different plant groupings. You can use the first one to grow roots. This is subdivided among new potatoes and beetroot as well as carrots. The second is used for crops such as beans or peas (known to be legumes). The next one should be used for salads and herbs, while the third one is suitable for leafy greens like spinach, sweetcorn, and courgettes.
2. CREATE AN ENTRANCE INSIDE A KITCHEN GARDEN
One of the best things about gardening in enclosed spaces is the ability to plant vertically and horizontally. This can be done by using these devices in your design, which will allow you to set aside your kitchen garden ideas from the rest.
Pergolas and archways can be used to support climbing plants such beans and pumpkins. Aaron Bertelsen of Great Dixter believes that space constraints can limit creativity.
Planters can be attached to a wall with shelves or planters. Pots can also go up on ladders or steps. Hanging pots directly from windows can double the area for growing plants.
3. NOURISHED VEGETABLES IN CONTAINERS
Even if you have limited space, most vegetables will grow well in containers that can be moved around to fill any gaps. The best option for growing vegetables are giant planters or raised beds. To grow your own vegetables year-round, you can use them as mini veg plants.
4. CHOOSE CROPS That Look Good TOO
Easy to grow and Instagram-friendly vegetables get a double tick. Plant them among flowers or in containers to create a feature of their own.
Swiss Chard’s golden stems are beautiful and rich in ruby red.
Beetroot is another beautiful looking plant, with similar red-veined leaf colors. You can also eat it.
Other musts include ripe strawberry, shiny tomatoes and peas-in-the-pod.
5. OPT for EASY LEAVES
You can grow ‘Cut-and-Come Again’ salad leaves throughout the year to ensure a constant supply of different varieties, such as spicy Japanese mirina with its serrated leaves and purple leaves. Mild-flavoured mustard Greens are also available.
Plant in spring and again in autumn to get two to three weeks’ worth of leaf. You can also dispense with bagged varieties. Red-veined sorrel and lettuce leaf (rather than heads’) are also good choices during summer.
You can keep picking them and they will keep coming back.
6. CREATE HERB GARDENS OF YOUR OWN
Many herb garden ideas don’t require much maintenance and can add soothing aromas to your kitchen.
These plants are easy to grow: rosemary, thyme oregano sage, mint and sage. It is possible to leave them alone in any soil.
Basil, parsley and the chives are tolerant to moister conditions. They can be easily grown in a variety of environments including shady areas like a greenhouse or under a roof.
These can be cultivated in pots, or you can plant them as a whole.
You must have trusses of glossy tomatoes ready to be picked. Growing tomatoes is easy. The best choice is to choose a large, ribbed variety like “Costoluto Fiorentino”. This will allow you to grow your tomatoes in a spot that is sunny and sheltered.
If you have limited space, you can try smaller varieties of cherry tomatoes like ‘Tumbling Tom Reds’ or Balconi Reds’. These look fantastic hanging out of window boxes or baskets. It is easy to start your own seeds right from March.
Tomatoes will need some TLC. Regular watering, staking, pinching, and feeding are all necessary. It will all be worth it.
8. GROW LUSH BERRIES
Homegrown strawberries are harvested from the bush, warmed by the sun, and then eaten immediately.
They are very easy plants to grow. To make them easy to maintain, grow them in a raised area. You will get plenty of runners that you can pot up as new plants.
You can try some of the best tasting varieties, such as Cambridge Favourite’ or Elvira.
9. TRY EASY-RAISED BEDS
The best option for growing vegetables is to use giant planters or raised beds. You can make mini veg garden beds out of them to grow your vegetables all year. You can easily care for your plants if they are at your eyes level. This allows you to see all the details. This method can be used to grow any type of vegetable.
Consider a sunny spot when you’re thinking of raised garden beds. The fennel will soar (up to 2m) if it is in a sunny location. Your kitchen garden will be more interesting and structured with fennel. The autumn’s feathery foliage and light yellow flowerheads look great. Fennel is also delicious. It’s easy to grow from a seed. Plant it in the soil outdoors from June through August, then sit back and watch it do its work.
10. VERTICAL SPACE:
Consider growing upwards if you have a small garden or only a small balcony or terrace. This will allow you to make the most of your space. Although you can grow most vegetables this way, it is also possible to grow fruit trees. They can be trained to make a fan shape with wires, and will happily climb a sunny fence or wall.
As an efficient way to grow fruit, apples and pears can be trained as espaliers. If you have a specific spot in mind that is sunny, a fig trees might be a good option. You will love its soft branches and versatility.
The most widely used variety is “Brown Turkey”, but other varieties such as “Violetta” and “Brunswick” are also quite popular.
11. ENRICHING THE SOIL
Vegetables use a lot more soil than flowering plants. To get good crops, you need to give it back. You can enrich the soil with well-rotted compost or manure, and then fertilizers are applied to add nutrients.
Always confirm the type of soil that your vegetables prefer. These carrots are made from well-drained sandy soil.
You can add a general purpose fertilizer to your plants a week in advance and ensure that it is raked in thoroughly. Your vegetables are like supplements that your body needs every now, and then.
12. ADD COLOR, DRAMA
Plant a few chillies and you will get a dozen fruits from each plant. Because they are small and compact, one pot is usually enough to produce large results. They look beautiful, especially when they turn deep crimson.
You can get any heat level, mild or volcanic. Hungarian Hot Waxe is one the most popular varieties. It can be harvested for up to four months.
Start the seeds indoors by March. Once they are approximately 10cm tall, you can plant them in the garden. They will continue to produce flowers if they have full sun and a protected spot.
13. GET A GRENCHHOUSE
To make your kitchen garden truly productive, go under cover. You can plant more vegetables, such as melons and other exotic fruits, and your growing season will be extended if you have a greenhouse.
It doesn’t matter if your dream is to build a Victorian-style, custom-made glasshouse or whether you are limited on space and would rather have one of the new lean-tos or grow-houses. Adding one to your garden will give it the edge in growing your own produce, especially if heated.
There are many options for styles, traditional and contemporary. You’ll find one to suit your space. Then just watch your garden grow!
HOW DO YOU CONSTRUCT A KITCHEN GARDEN?
First, decide whether you want to wear a more formal or casual look.
You can have a traditional vegetable garden by choosing a structured layout with raised beds and paved walkways. This formal style is also known to be a potager’.
If you prefer an informal look, such as a cottage’ vegetable garden that has a mixture of crops amongst flowers or shrubs, this is the better option.
You can make as much vertical space as horizontal by planting things up walls and fences. You should look for sun traps that will naturally provide the perfect climate for growing. Make sure your garden is as close as possible to the kitchen to ensure easy access.
HOW DO I PLAN a SMALL KITCHEN GARDEN?
Create a list with the vegetables you’d like to grow. Make sure to consider how big your garden is and where it will be located. Once you have determined what and where it will be planted, it’s now time to find the best place to plant it.
Space is limited? Most vegetables will grow well in containers you can move around to fill the gaps.
The plant science portion is now. There are three kinds of vegetable types: beans (peas, beans), brassicas(kale, radishes etc.) and roots (beetroots and garlic).
You don’t have any need to be concerned if pots are your choice.
WHAT CAN KITCHEN GROWN IN A GARDEN?
Assure that you are focusing on maximizing rewards for minimal effort.
Make sure to include a herb-garden as your starting point. Keep your salad bowl stocked with plenty of cut and come again’ leaves.
Easy to grow leafy greens such cavolo nero, spinach, and chard are good choices.
Check out companion planting charts to see which vegetables will be happy to grow alongside one another. Tomatoes love to be planted next to peas and chard, while beans like peppers, onions, and spinach.
It’s possible to mix up things in pots. Miniature fruit trees grown in pots are another option if you don’t have enough space.
However, it really is up to you to choose. Choose according to your preferences and the amount of effort you’re willing put into it!