If the kitchen garden has been the part of your New Year resolution, better start working on it right away before the resolve fades away. Take my words that the decision will be very rewarding and will definitely take you many steps ahead in your pledge of living a healthy life. Growing a kitchen garden may initially sound like an extended, drenching drill, but it only needs the undying commitment, a few tools and some of your time to enjoy the homegrown vegetables and fruits. The benefits of the vegetable garden are nowhere limited to one of two, but it helps you thoroughly in your lifestyle to the social living. And you can also feel the contentment that you are helping the mother earth by providing your share of ‘green print’.
For the retired people, taking care of fauna has been a productive leisure time activity; nevertheless, it is being adopted by the young ones as well due to the advantages. Allotting a piece of land to the kitchen garden will help you out in your kitchen, in maintaining your health and in your finances as well. Obviously, the home grown vegetables and fruits cost less than the ones you buy from the market, plus you are well aware of what you are eating.
If you have been put off by the thought that starting the kitchen garden from scratch will be a burden on your budget, this article will definitely change your concept by sharing some of the most cost-effective kitchen garden tips.
Plan your garden site:
Which site around your premises is the best to grow vegetables is the first question. So, this is why it is better to plan your kitchen garden before actually working on it. Should it be on the front lawn or in the backyard? Would the small patio next to kitchen be the right site for a kitchen garden? The things that you must keep in mind are the sun exposure, water drainage, easy accessibility of the gardening tools and human accessibility along with the garden tools. It is not necessary that you can only grow the fauna, if the patch is 1000 sq. feet or above. Then a piece of land with maximum sun exposure will be a great site and try to choose a location where the garden tools can easily be taken.
Do not let others enjoy your hard work:
If your house or the kitchen garden is housed in an easily accessible place from outside, it can be subjected to trespassing. Remember that the healthy, home grown vegetables are as much at risk as your expensive belongings are. So, do not let others to munch on your hard work, secure the garden with a gate and fence. Ask your professional locksmith services provider to install a lock on the gate.
Plan what, where, when:
What must be planted, where it must be planted and when the right time to sow the seeds is, are the next things in the list. Start with the less costly and the options that you like to eat. The best approach is to start with a small salad garden. The lettuces, cucumbers and other greens do not require much space and neither require much expertise. Keep the weather conditions in mind before choosing a certain crop. With the confidence growing higher with the successful crop of every year, you can expand your garden little bit every time.
Prepare the soil in inexpensive way:
The next step is to prepare the soil through inexpensive technique. If your site has some puddles or depressions in it, try to fill these in with the fertile soil rather than immediately moving towards the expensive options of buying the containers. It is better to plant your vegetables on the raised patches, as it will help you in draining the soil well. Keep a comfortable space between the two lines to work on the plants at ease. The expensive container approach is not recommended initially and can be adopted later down the line with the accentuated expertise.
The gardening tools:
It is not necessary to go the most expensive gardening store and get all of the ‘impressive’ tools right away. You can start with pocket-friendly options. If you have a friendly community around you, sharing the tools will be cost effective. The important tools like shovel, spades, garden trowel etc., will be a wise investment.
Ask for the garden courtesy:
Before buying the seeds for the particular crops, ask around in your gardening community for the courtesy. The transplants and the seeds can be arranged by asking your friends and family. Not only that it will be money saving, but you will also know, what you are planting. So, when you like the taste of the vegetable in your cousin’s house, ask for your share of it. This garden courtesy must be returned to the fellows when your garden is ready to shed seeds.
Lastly, plants are the living organisms and they will grow much faster with the care and attention rather than with the overflowing finances. Water your garden on the right time, keep a check on the beetles and insects and enjoy the fun of eating healthy.