Start Your Own Kitchen Garden & Save Money
Save Money With Your Own Kitchen Garden
There’s something very satisfying about eating food that you’ve produced, aside from the money-saving element of course 😉
Even if you’re not very green fingered there’s plenty of options available from growing your own herbs to salad plants and vegetables. And the great thing is that you don’t need a large garden either!
A Container Kitchen Garden
Herbs – Chives, Parsley, Basil, Mint, Coriander, Sage and Oregano can all be grown on a sunny windowsill and will save you a fortune on the shop-bought packets. Whilst Rosemary is quite a hardy herb and can even survive the cold weather, if left outside all year round, when in a container. (If you’re a little apprehensive about growing them from seeds then don’t worry as you can buy ready potted plants quite cheaply that will then grow and produce some lovely herbs)
There’s nothing better than having freshly picked herbs readily available to help jazz up that salad or add some extra flavour to a mouth-watering meal.
Vegetables – Courgettes, Chillies, Peppers, Carrots, Tomatoes, Radishes, Lettuce, Spinach and Potatoes can all be grown in containers, either on a balcony or a small patio area. Plus not only will they provide a gastronomic delight but they will also give you a colourful display too!
Fruits – Blueberries and Strawberries are great for growing in hanging baskets or patios, as long as they’re in a sunny position. It’s great having fresh fruit available and any extra leftovers could be made into jams and preserves.
How To Start Your Kitchen Garden
It’s really very simply, to start with you just need some containers and compost. Plant fertiliser will most likely be needed later in the season but to start with collect containers that are at least 25 cm in diametre, this will allow room for your herbs/plants to grow.
I find that plastic containers are more preferable to terracotta, as they’re cheaper & lighter plus they’re less prone to drying out, but you could choose an assortment of containers and make a feature on your windowsill.
If you’re going to grow potatoes make sure that your containers are deep, otherwise a potato grow-bag is the best option.
Plant your seeds in new, good quality compost at the beginning of the season and start to add liquid food after approx. 5 weeks. Don’t forget to think about pest control – there’s a huge choice of pesticides available, along with some home-made ones.
Whilst April is a great time to start planning/planting your seeds the weather can still be a little changeable so make sure that your fledgling seedlings are protected from any cold snaps.
Take care of your little garden and you soon reap the benefits and have some delicious additions to your food.