New to Vegetable Growing A Beginner’s Guides To Kitchen Gardening…!
If this is your first time gardening, what to plant and how to start are undoubtedly making you anxious. And while Gardening Know How has plenty of beginners gardening tips. Don’t be intimidated by the thought of gardening – get excited about it instead.
You don't need a lot of space to grow fresh vegetables, herbs, and fruits. You don't even need a garden bed. If you have a large container, soil, water, and sun, you can grow some tasty things. The smaller the space, the more organized you must be.
Select the Right Location
Selecting a good location for your kitchen garden is absolutely key. A subpar location can result in subpar veggies! Here are a few tips:
- Sunny spot: Most vegetables need 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. There are a few veggies mostly the leafy vegetables that will tolerate some shade.
- Nutrient-rich soil: Your soil feeds your plants. If you have nutrient-poor soil, you’ll get poor, unhealthy plant growth and low quality veggies. Mix in plenty of organic matter to help your plants grow vigorously. Best potting soil for vegetables is mixture of red soil, vermicompost, coco peat in 2:1:1proportion. For proper drainage use one layer of gravel at the base of the pot.
Choose the Planter: According to vegetable growth you can select the planter. If you want to grow vine type vegetable like beans, gourds will choose approx. 45X20 cm rectangle planter. You can plant 4 veggies in 2 holes in this planter. For fruit vegetable like brinjal, tomato, chilli, okra, capsicum; grow in 20 to 25 cm round planter. For leafy veggies; use 30 to 35 cm planter. You can broadcast these seeds.
Every four feet or so, make sure that you have paths that allow you to access your plants to weed and harvest. It also helps to maintain proper ventilation and reduce the risk of pest attack.
As a beginner, start by choosing easy vegetables that are also productive. Choose the vegetables according to their sowing season and your location climate.
Easy growing and productive veggies:
Leafy Vegetables (Spinach, Methi, Amaranthus, coriander)
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