The perfect site for a kitchen garden is one that receives plenty of sun and has a reserved area that is partially shaded so that you can grow all your shade-loving herbs and vegetables there. Also, it should have good drainage and soil. One way to check drainage is by checking the area after a downpour.
Start Out Simple
Choose hybrid and heirloom seeds and seedlings both for planting and start to identify the vegetable types and varieties you prefer according to your taste and what grows best in your kitchen garden.
In the beginning, it’s best to start out with easy to grow herbs and vegetables like mint, basil, parsley, lettuces, spinach, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, beans, cucumbers, radishes, Asian greens, etc.
If you never had a green thumb, master the basics of growing these most popular and easy to grow vegetables, then start growing finicky edibles that need some care like cauliflowers, Brussels sprouts, onions, cabbage, artichokes, rhubarb, bitter melon, carrots, melons, etc. For fruits, you will need grafted saplings. Growing them in your kitchen garden is also a good idea!
Start to Grow Vegetables in Raised Beds
Growing vegetables in raised beds have many benefits, not only they improve the productivity of the vegetable garden but also makes the planning and planting easier. Like if you have the problem of poor soil you can fill up the beds with quality topsoil. Raised can also save you from back strain as you don’t have to bend over again and again to harvest the crops. Fewer crawling pests and weeds are also the advantages. Check out more about it here and here!
Lacking Space? Go Vertical
Don’t let the lack of space deter your love for home-grown food! Consider installing wall planters, railing planters and even hanging baskets to support crops that grow vertically. Space-hungry vining plants such as pole beans, tomatoes, peas, melons, squashes, gourds, etc. can be grown straight up with the help of stakes, fences, trellises or cages. Here’s the list of Best Climbing and Vining Vegetables! Also, check out this informative article available on the Dave’s Garden.
Growing vegetables vertically not only saves time but also simplifies the maintenance part because you can see easily where the fruits are. Also, upward-facing plants are less likely to fall prey to fungal infections, thanks to the improved air circulation around the leaves.
Consider growing vining crops along one side of raised garden beds, and using sturdy end posts in-between to provide a strong climbing surface. Don’t forget to secure the growing vines with the trellis, and don’t bother about tying heavy fruits like melons and squash- they tend to form thicker stems for support. Don’t miss this helpful article available at the Micro Gardener!
Space Out Well
Pay attention to how you arrange your crops. Spacing out well is the key to get a good yield from each bed. Planting in rows or square patterns is common but you can try to plant your vegetables in the triangular pattern. This way you can tuck in up to 15% more plants in each bed. Ensure not to cram them up in your planting beds. Plants don’t reach their full potential (in terms of size and yield) when crowded.
Do Succession Planting
Succession planting can help you in improving the productivity of your kitchen garden and also provides the constant supply of vegetables.