Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Kitchen Garden





What could be more convenient than stepping into your backyard to grab a handful of garden-fresh green vegetables, crisp lettuce or a fully ripe, mouth-watering tomato? By growing vegetables and herbs in your kitchen garden, you can ensure they’ve been raised with care. Here are a few tips to help you create a kitchen garden that’s not only functional but great to look at as well –
·      Early spring is an ideal time to begin creating your plot, but start planning well ahead. Decide on the size of the plot you would like to create and can manage.
·      A kitchen garden must be positioned in such a way that it catches six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily.
·      Choose a location that is close and convenient to your kitchen. Remember: The closer your garden is to your kitchen, the more often you will use it.
·      Wind protection is also important, so a permeable barrier, such as a picket fence, hedge or windbreak can filter its effect.
·      Include different varieties of vegetables you enjoy, then look carefully at your space and climatic conditions and narrow your selection. Plan choices so that you have harvests throughout the seasons.
·      Try planting in raised beds. They provide good drainage, increase soil temperature, prevent soil compaction, and the sides of the bed prevent soil washing away in heavy rains.
·      There are no rules to creating a kitchen garden. You can mix vegetables, fruit, herbs and flowers, including edible varieties, all jostling together in a tapestry of colours and shapes, in segregated rows or blocks in a geometric pattern of your choice. A mix and match colours and textures create a stunning visual effect.
·      Keep in mind that beds need to be a size you can reach into easily for weeding, planting and harvesting.
·      Make best use of the vertical space too. Grow climbers, such as peas, beans and cucumbers up tripods and climbing frames.
·      Place stepping stones in a large raised bed veggie garden so you don't compact the soil when working.
·      Rather than planting everything in straight rows separated by expanses of soil, consider creating tight planting patterns that will provide an expanse of attractive edibles.
·      Add fences, walls, and living borders to help frame your garden.
·      Edging or soil-retaining material is an essential element for keeping soil in place. Even if you don’t plant in raised beds, however, edging is a great way to add a polished look to ground-level plantings. It establishes where the bed begins and ends, and it gives the scene a crisp, neat appearance.
·      Add a beautiful pathway to your kitchen garden. Make sure it complements the house as well as the surrounding garden.
·      Add containers as well. Not only are they ornamental and provide year-round structure but they're also perfect for growing decorative plants.
·      All herbs are pretty so put in as much as you can of parsley, chives, dill, sage, basil, mint, rosemary and thyme.


Sukhmani
Interior and Landscape Designer




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