A lot of us don’t consider ourselves green thumbs. In our fast paced, sometimes uncertain world the idea of planting ourselves anywhere let alone planting a garden seems an unrealistic task. However small kitchen gardens are literally a moveable feast. They are both beautiful and practical and a successful small kitchen garden doesn’t require large amounts of time or money to achieve. Planting herbs, edible flowers and vegetables in easy to move containers means they can be jiggled around to capture more or less sun, water or shelter. Best of all you can take them with you if you want or need to relocate. These gardens are scaleable, plants can be put in anything from a teacup to a wine barrel, and you can have one specimen or an Amazonian ecosystem depending on your experience and enthusiasm.
5 Tips for your tiny kitchen garden
1. Let there be light.
Find a sunny spot for your little garden, inside or out. Under a skylight or on a sunny windowsill, on your back steps or balcony. Light is what your plant needs to make energy for growing.
2. Use your imagination.
Garden centers carry all manner of planting vessels but don’t be afraid to think outside the box. Any interesting container can be used to house plants. A teapot can become a plant pot, a perfect spot for growing herbs for homegrown teas. Just make sure you provide some holes at the bottom for drainage, you don’t want to drown your new friends.
3. Invest in dirt.
It is well worth a few extra dollars to invest in good quality potting mix. Your plants will get all the nutrients they need and you won’t have to put in so much effort to keep your plants healthy. Your garden will thank you with beautiful fresh fragrant produce.
4. Choose container friendly varieties
Some plants enjoy living in tiny houses and some not so much. Herbs, leafy greens and small fast growing veggies love the container life whereas large energy hungry crops such as corn are not so happy with close quarter living.
5. Think about fit
Taller plants like tomatoes, larger herbs and root vegetables such as carrots and parsnips need deeper pots whereas lettuce or spring onions will be happy in shallow containers.
So get to it, find a sunny window sill, a space on your balcony or your front step. I’ll highlight my favorite varieties for container planting in coming posts and link tasty recipes that make use of our delicious homegrown produce. Go for it gardeners, let’s get grubby.