One of the best things about growing your own vegetables at home is that you’ll know exactly what you’re putting on your plate. Not only will you save a good amount of money, you’ll also save the environment by using zero pesticides or chemicals that often mix in the water and air, causing ecological contamination.
Growing your own kitchen garden does not require a vast space. If you live in the city and have a small apartment, you can still grow your vegetables in your balcony area or even in your kitchen window! Sounds interesting? It’s doable too! Here’s how.
What Can I Grow In A Window Or Balcony Garden?
As long as your plants get sunlight, fresh air and water to thrive on, you can grow almost everything in your balcony or window garden that you can grow on a regular patch of soil. Some of the easiest plants that grow in a small space are tomatoes, radishes, green onions, spinach, carrots, beans, peppers, chillies and eggplant (brinjal), in addition to various herbs.
Where Can I Plant My Vegetables?
You can plant them in almost any container that you have; just make sure it has a good drainage system in the bottom. For instance, you can turn your old plastic or glass bottles into beautiful planters, use clay pots, or use your regular balcony containers to plant your vegetables. To avoid messy leakage, you can keep an old plate or dish under the same. If the container you choose does not have a drainage system, you can make a few holes in it, preferably on the sides.
What About Soil?
Once you plan to make your kitchen garden at home, you can begin by preparing the soil. To do so, you can make your own compost at home, which will take care of your wet waste and help you avoid any fertilizers. Not just that, compost is great for your soil and provides it with rich food that will help your plants grow better. Add layers of compost and regular soil in the container in which you will plant and keep it ready. Once your compost is done and the soil is ready, plant the seeds and soak it with enough water. Remember that if you’re making compost at home, it can create a strong stink. It is best to keep the container outside, preferably in the balcony or terrace, while you’re still making it.
For the drainage, add a big stone, a piece of sponge or something similar inside the container in such a way that it covers the drainage hole so that all the water will not go out at once. Place any old plate or lid under the planter to hold the water that will seep out.
Plastic pots can heat up too quickly and may not be a good idea for the roots, while the clay pots can soak in too much water, which means your plants will require more frequent watering. If you have too many pots, you can run a pipe through all the plants and create a system where you switch on the water and it sprinkles over all the plants at once. The best time to water your plants is before the sun is up and the heat is high.
Not only you, your kids will also enjoy seeing the plants grow, and it will help them more interested in a greener approach to life. If you’ve grown any kitchen plants at home, do share your easy tips so that it can help our readers.
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