A kitchen herb garden can be a lot of fun if you know what to plant and how to nurture these plants. The joy of plucking a fresh red tomato from your kitchen garden and adding it to your salad is a great touch. You can plant a kitchen garden on your balcony, on a porch, in the kitchen bay window, anywhere you find some space. Or if you have the drive for backyard gardening, you can plant here.
Irrespective of where you choose to plant your kitchen garden, there are a few must haves that form the core of the smallest or the largest of all kitchen gardens. Some of these must haves are listed below:
- Herbs – Right from lemon grass to coriander to even oregano, you can plant any or all of these herbs. Herbs are easy to grow and take very little space. Since we do not add large amounts of herbs in our food, even a small pot will be enough through an entire month. Herbs add flavor to our food and in most cases finding fresh herbs can be very difficult. In case one does find them, you have to buy an entire bunch and after using a few leaves the rest just wilts away. So herbs are an essential in almost every kitchen garden.
- Spinach – The good qualities of spinach are indeed tremendous, but it is sadly also a plant that often falls prey to bugs and insects. This is the reason why spinach leaves will often be sprayed with insecticides and chemical fertilizers. Growing it in your back yard ensures that you are able to enjoy these iron laden leaves in their purest form. Spinach is very easy to grow and if you sprinkle the seeds a week apart the plants will grow in the same interval and last you right through the season. It is also a plant that you can reap a few times over.
- Turmeric – Turmeric is a root that is most beneficial when consumed in its raw form. The dried version loses its nutritive value while the powdered type is even lower in nutrition. These plants grow without much problem near a water source and a very hardy. Once planted, the roots will keep multiplying each year. However, plating them in a pot can be a difficult task since the roots grow deep. These plants need a lot of water and when you do reap them, dig out only a small off shoot of the main root.
These are only some of the basics that every kitchen garden must have. From here on you can add the vegetables of your choice and turn your kitchen garden into everything you want it to be. It is important to keep your kitchen garden free of fertilizers since the whole point of a kitchen garden is to have organic products. For this it will help to learn about what the right seasons are for the plants that you want and how to best care for them.