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Kitchen Gardening for beginners: Learn Basics of a Home Garden

Updated on June 22, 2014

Convert your garden into a beautiful adornment

This article is solely to instruct newbie kitchen gardeners, people who have absolutely no idea what a home garden or kitchen garden is. Garden is a jewel to a home, if you want you can polish this jewel and set in precious metal so that your home garden is more than a piece of land.

Water and weed the garden beds regularly

Transfer your plants to the garden from the nursery within 2--3 weeks
Transfer your plants to the garden from the nursery within 2--3 weeks | Source

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Garden requirements

You can grow vegetables, flowers, and herbs or make a lawn in your kitchen garden. You do not require much space – you can even grow a garden on your rooftop. Beginners may wonder how to begin their home garden. Basic requirements for any kitchen garden are:

a) Small (or large) gardening space

b) Adequate drainage for the soil

c) Facility for adding fertilizer or compost

d) Sunshine on all parts of the garden

e) Enough water for all plants in the garden

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Prepare the soil first in your home garden
Prepare the soil first in your home garden | Source

Types of plants you can grow

Name of Item
Examples
Vegetables and fruits
Tomato, broccoli, cabbage, radish
Herbs
Basil, curry leaves, coriander
Greens
Microgreens, salad greens
You can grow your favorite vegetable easily

Growing vegetables in your home garden

Grow vegetables like tomatoes, radish, broccoli, cabbage, and carrots. You may also opt for chilies, herbs and curry leaves. Here you are making an effort to save yourself a trip to your grocers every time you want some curry leaves for seasoning or you want a vegetable for your evening meal. Since you are a beginner it may take some time to get your garden basics right. However, make sure that you do not grow the same thing over and over, as this will remove one particular nutrient alone repeatedly.

Vegetable like tomato, radish, chilies and curry leaves grow well in the heat. Cabbage, potatoes, herbs and broccoli love a little bit of dampness and chill in the air. You must note, sunshine is essential for all crops.

Home garden grow vegetables with ease

Process of beginning

Nursery preparation: Plant seeds in small pots 4” x 4” and at least 6” deep. It must have a drainage hole(s). Fill pots with garden mix ready made or prepare some garden soil in your home garden. Check the pH of the soil before you begin gardening. Very acidic or alkaline soils can be detrimental for your plants. If the soil is too grainy (has too much sand), you must add some compost before you use it. It however should have enough sand to facilitate efficient drainage. Place these pots in a place where there is adequate sunshine. Water them morning and evening.

Soil preparation of your kitchen garden: In your place in the garden, choose a level piece of land. If your garden is sloping away, say towards the gate, you have to cut excess soil near the house and spread them near the gate. When you have leveled your land sufficiently in the kitchen garden, dig it up and turn the soil over. You should dig at least 6” though you can dig up to 1’. Add compost and fallen leaves and turn the soil over again. Water it and leave it overnight. Do this everyday or every alternate day until the soil begins to change color.

Apply manure: Best is to opt for organic manure such as compost. You can prepare compost by burying your wastes in a deep pit and letting it to decompose. You can buy inorganic fertilizer though one does not recommend it. If your garden soil needs treatment, then you might have to apply fertilizers. Your home garden will produce results if you take care to conserve the soil.

Transfer from nursery: By now, your plants in your nursery are all grown up and sprouting 6” – 8” shoots. Break the pots and transfer the entire plant along with the soil to the garden bed. Space them out in your home garden so that when they grow up they will have enough space to branch out without entangling with the next plant.

Watering and weeding: Water the plants every 3 –4 hours when they are beginning to grow. Once they have grown, you must water them morning and evening. The soil under your plants should be damp always.

Preparing next nursery: In the meantime, you have to prepare your next nursery for your kitchen garden. Rotate crops so that the garden soil maintains it fertility. A good crop sequence would be cabbage, legumes, radish, and greens.

Harvest: Do not let your vegetables hang on plants too long. Pluck them while they have hardness and store them in airy places. Do not expose them to dampness.

Soil preparation: Repeat the cycle. Here you remove all traces of previous crops. You just strip the leaves, cut it and mulch it. The weeds must go. If you leave any trace of it, root or leaves, it will immediately develop roots and grow again. Proper soil preparation of your home garden will ensure good crops. When mulching, push the leaves and compost (you can also use inorganic material like wood chips and sawdust) deep into the garden bed. It should be at least 2—3 inches under the top layer.

Getting prepared to start

Do not jump into your home garden preparation as if you are running out of time. Keep your priorities open especially in the matter of choice of plants you want to grow. Make sure they are suited for your type of climate (tropical plants need heat and water). As a beginner, you have now sufficient knowledge to start your home garden. Go take a look at your garden now.

© 2014 Vivian Sudhir

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    Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

    You are really flattering but it encourages me a lot. Thanks for the lookup. I was spending 'timeout' for Christmas. Hope yours was wonderful. And wish you have a great year ahead.

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    Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

    Thanks DDE Hope you have a great time. Look forward to your articles.

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    Vivian Sudhir 2 years ago from Madurai, India

    Thank you askformore. I really love it when experienced hubbers tell me encouraging things. I will follow you and keep an eye open for those tomatoes!

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    Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

    Great suggestions and I learned lots from you here.

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    Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

    Great article and I wish I had your talent. I do try my luck and haven't given up yet!

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