Starting a garden that’ll give you vegetables for your kitchen – it’s one of the most rewarding pastimes you could pick up. And it can give you health and wealth both at the same time. Not to mention, growing something can be such a beautiful act of creation. It can make you feel closer to God’s earth (of course, if one were to mention this to Jack Nicholson’s character in As Good As It Gets…).
If starting a garden for you kitchen seems like a great idea, you’ll probably need a little advice to get you on your way.
The first thing you want to consider of course, is what you want to plant. It has to be something that you would love to eat, and it has to be something that grows in your area.
In general, if you’re starting a garden for the first time, it isn’t a good idea to go with fruit plants. They usually take years to mature to the point that they can actually yield fruit. Vegetables are a better idea, and herbs are the best of all – they grow immediately – in a matter of weeks.
The only way is to research the web then for what kind of plants exactly will do well in your specific location. In fact, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to search for the kitchen drug plans that’ll grow best in your specific town and even neighborhood. Talk to gardening groups in your area to make sure. Since you are starting a garden for the first time,, it should be a good idea to do things strictly by the book. You don’t want to be discouraged by disappointing results.
A lot of course, depends on how much space you have. You have exactly have to have entire backyard at your disposal to start a garden. If you live in a tiny place or even if all you have is a city apartment with a balcony, you still can – and containers.
Depending on how much space you have and what kind of plants you’re thinking of, you’ll need a few basic tools – a tiller, a rake, a shovel, perhaps a mattock and pruners. Apart from that, you’ll need seeds or saplings, soil and fertilizer.
It would also be an excellent idea to do a soil test first. Even if you have a lot of information about what grows in your neighborhood, there’s no telling what the soil in your specific plot is like. Do your homework ahead of time, and you’ll be rewarded with great results.