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Tips to setup a kitchen garden
It is a well-known fact that organic food not only tastes better, it also is a lot healthier. Unfortunately, organic food is not easily available as more and more farmers adopt chemical fertilizing to increase the quantity of their produce. Very few farmers opt for the organic style of farming and as a result, their produce is costlier. A good way to get organic food to your table would be grow some of it by yourself in a kitchen garden. Setting up a vegetable garden is surprisingly easy, contrary to popular belief. All that is required is a little space and the inclination to do some gardening.
If you are planning to set up a vegetable garden, it is prudent to begin with just a few plants. Gardening skills are developed with experience and perseverance. Vegetables like carrot, potato, cabbage, tomato and peas are popular beginner’s choice for a kitchen garden. Firstly, the garden layout must be properly planned. Some of the plants grow faster and are used up quickly while the rest are slow yielding. Proper understanding of the growth time and also the space requirements of each plant will help in planning the layout and crop pattern better. If in doubt, it is advisable to consult an expert for guidance.
Preparing the soil for plantation is another aspect that is very important. The top layer of the soil must be raked to loosen it and then it must be mixed with organic fertilizer (compost). This preparation enhances the nutrient content in the soil and therefore benefits the plants. Plant seeds can be sowed in this soil in a systematic manner; providing enough and even space between each plant. This ensures that each plant gets space to grow and also gets enough sunlight and nutrients for sustenance. A kitchen garden that is haphazardly laid out will seldom yield results.
Watering the plants can be scheduled to a daily routine and must be diligently done. Most times, a vegetable garden that is one month old will attract the growth of weeds amongst the planted vegetables. These weeds take in all the required nutrients and water for themselves and impact the growth of other plants. De-weeding must be regularly done. Also, the soil must be replenished with nutrients and this can be done by adding compost to it. Another economical way would be to add the organic kitchen waste of the household to the soil on a daily basis. If the above mentioned steps are followed, the vegetable garden has all chances of succeeding.