Whether you’re a seasoned kitchen garden expert or a complete beginner excited to start your own patch, we’re sure these tips and tricks will come in handy!
– Expert gardeners agree that building up the soil is the single most important factor in pumping up yields. A deep, organically rich soil encourages the growth of healthy, extensive roots able to reach more nutrients and water. The result: extra-lush, extra-productive growth above ground. Choose red soil as it is considered to have more nutrients, but still other soils can be opted if this is not available.
– Cocopeat made from coconut husks has excellent water retention capacity and needs to be mixed with soil. Though it has no nutritional value, it loosens the soil for the roots to penetrate and retains more moisture for the plants.
– For pots and herbaceous beds, it’s best to water first thing in the morning or last thing at night to avoid damaging plants. When the sun shines on water it can act like a magnifying glass, burning the leaves below.
– Manures such as dried cow/sheep dung, dried tree leaves from garden, kitchen waste like used tea leaves/coffee grind, vegetables waste, egg shells (for calcium) should ideally be used for the fertility of the soil. Vermicompost (the end-product of the breakdown of organic matter by earthworms) can also be utilized for enhanced results.
– When plants are young they’ll adapt more readily to the amount of water they receive and get used to irregular watering. If you know it’s going to be a hot summer, keep this in mind while dealing with your younger plants.
– To get the maximum yields from each bed, pay attention to how you arrange your plants. Avoid planting in square patterns or rows. Instead, stagger the plants by planting in triangles. By doing so, you can fit 10 to 14% more plants in each bed.
Just be careful not to space your plants too tightly. Some plants won’t reach their full size — or yield — when crowded.
We hope these tips will help you with building your very own kitchen garden! Share with us if they do.