Start Your Own Easy Kitchen Garden

| 1/25/2016 5:24:00 PM

Tags: small space garden, garden planning, Melodie Metje, Kentucky,

Backyard Kitchen Garden

You can start a garden at any time in spring, summer or fall.  It is easy to have a small kitchen garden right outside your door.  You may be wondering how to get started and here are the 6 simple steps to follow.

Step 1

I think the best way is to make a list of what you like to eat, then see which of your favorites are best to start in your garden in which season. There is no time like the present to get moving on your gardening dreams. For an overview of plants by season, see Planning for a four-season garden. If you want to start with the easiest plants to grow, do what I did and start a kitchen herb garden. Herbs thrive under neglect. Start a kitchen herb garden!

The biggest mistake beginners make is starting too big. For your first garden, herbs and 5-7  of your favorite veggies are plenty to get your feet wet. For more details on narrowing down what to grow, see How do you decide what to grow?

Step 2

Now that you have your list, take a look at your garden, patio, deck, porch, front yard to see how much space you have that gets 6 hours of sun a day. There are so many dwarf varieties of every kind of vegetable to grow in pots or small spaces that you should not be put off thinking you don’t have enough space! Plus growing compact varieties significantly lessens the work by using less space that you have to care for. A real win-win.

Step 3

Buy your supplies for your garden bed or pot. Pots are easy-just buy some organic potting soil and the decorative pot. Most potting soils come with fertilizer already mixed in. You do not want to use garden soil as it is too dense for pots.  Make sure you buy the right size pot for the vegetable you are growing. For the size of pot needed by veggie type, check out this blog Decorative container gardening for edibles.

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