Start with what you or your family love to eat. Think about what is important to you. Why waste precious space growing something you won’t eat, or grow flowers if you like herbs!
Keep it simple and you can fit at least some gardening into your life. Having an idea of what you want is a good starting point.
Clever design tips will help make the most of the space you have. Lots of plants including vegetables require very little effort but reward you extremely well for a minimal outlay. There are lots of clever ways to design your space for maximum production, design out problems like weather or nosy neighbours and add beauty, colour, fragrance and structure as well as encouraging children to get their hands dirty.
“This is a universal idea – to connect the garden with the kitchen and with the table and back to the garden again.” – Alice Waters, Chef & Author “In the Green Kitchen”
So where do you begin? Here are some ideas for starting a small kitchen garden …
- Start off growing sprouts in a jar on your bench.
- Microgreens indoors or out for nutrient-dense ‘fast food’.
- A window box or stacking planter with a herb and salad garden.
- One or more large containers on your balcony or veranda with vegetables.
- A hanging basket of colourful flowers, strawberries or herbs.
- A pot with your favourite dwarf fruit tree.
- A no dig raised garden bed in your yard with Asian greens or salad vegetables.
- Try a mushroom growing kit – these can be grown indoors or out and will provide you with several flushes of mushrooms.
So whatever you choose to start growing, you’ll get plenty of help right here. Feel free to ask questions if you need to know more.
If you are ready to get started growing in a pot, make sure you choose the right container and consider these three key factors before you spend any money! Then check out What to Plant When so you get the timing right for the zone you live in.
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