10 Tips For Creating A Perfect Kitchen Garden

Tips For Creating A Perfect Kitchen Garden

Need a cool kitchen garden? Tasty and chic-looking? Here are some clever tips.

  1. Grow as much of what you like as possible. Clear as big a space as you can and think about maximum productivity per square inch.
  2. Skip the fancy frills. Try edible edging: rows of hardy alpine strawberries and nasturtiums will do the trick.
  3. Combine ornamentals and edibles. In an unexpected partnership Mustard ‘Red Giant’ mixes with Tulipa ‘Compassion’.
  4. Layer, for example, perennial artichokes mix with bulbs and tubers in three layers.
  5. Grow edible flowers all year. Vegetables such as kale are not just for eating. Green and purple kale look great in flower arrangements and are a good foil for flowers in an ornamental border.
  6. Plant the unusual. Planting heirloom or heritage varieties in unusual colors is proof to the world that you’ve grown them yourself.
  7. Sow heavy croppers. Tomatoes, zucchini, and beans all produce abundantly. Salad leaves also crop more heavily if you cut and come again.
  8. Avoid gluts. Successional sowing of salad leaves every few weeks, for instance, will ease this pattern of feast or famine. Succession planting can also be applied to beans and peas.
  9. Build good bones. Raise your vegetable patch to another level in the middle as well as around the edges.
  10. Don’t grow everything. Tricky plants such as celery are best bought, as are mainstream vegetables including cabbage, parsnips, and main crop potatoes.

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Source: gardenista