The term “kitchen garden” is used frequently, but what exactly does this mean? The visualize picture we get is a lovely little planter on the windowsill filled with a few herbs, however the term, in all actuality, applies to an outdoor plot of land where you grow the items you will use in your kitchen. This garden is often made of the typical herbs, fruits, vegetables, berries and flowers.
A kitchen garden can be a simple garden or a complex garden. It can include as many products as you need to. The more products you choose to add will determine the size and shape of the plot. The most important part to creating a kitchen garden is determining the amount of space available, remember that the larger the plot is, the more weeding and maintenance the garden will require. The location of the garden needs to be a place that gets a lot of sunlight, as sunlight will help them to grow and thrive.
The garden plot will need to have proper soil drainage as well. If plants stay to wet it can cause the roots to rot, causing the plant to produce little to no crops. Garden should sit on higher ground, and not in a low lying area, as this fosters the sitting of water.The design of the garden is also important. Kitchen gardens can be a very practical rectangle or square shapes, that make it easy to tend and maintain. These plots can also be more ornamental, in circles or triangles, or some other interesting pattern. You can make the garden plot any shape or form you desire, so long as you remember the more complicated the plot is the more work it will be to tend and keep control over.
The items you choose to plant will also determine the layout of the garden. Gardens can be done in traditional rows or you can plant in one foot squares. The later method is actually more effective and requires less maintenance. By using the square foot method, the plants will spread out creating shade, which deters the growth of weeds.When it comes to actually planting the garden, plant those things which you will eat and use. There is no sense in planting vegetables your family does not enjoy. You can plant from seeds which can be found at your local grocery store, garden centers, or they can be ordered from catalogs. You can also buy young plants to get a head start on the growing process. Just make sure the plants you choose are hardy to your zone. The zone information is often listed on the back of the seed packet or you can ask a the greenhouse where you purchase your plants from. Most likely if the plants are purchased from a greenhouse they will be suitable for your garden setting.
Kitchen gardens can be so much more that a place to grow produce. The addition of flowers into a plot will turn the kitchen garden into a beautiful focal point as well. Adding a garden bench or some statuary will make the garden a part of the setting, and not just a practical aspect. These aspects will allow you to simply sit back, and enjoy the beauty and the aromas that you create.
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team