Growing your kitchen garden is a great idea, one that will not only ensure that you’re eating as fresh as you possibly can, but also save you a lot of money in the long run. Also, the fact that you can grow your plants without any pesticides or harmful fertilizers means that you also avoid doing any damage to the environment.
Space is of course a major concern in most urban homes, where most of us don’t even have enough balcony or roof space, leave alone a garden area. But if you still would like to give it a shot, it is absolutely possible to grow your own kitchen garden in your balcony or window.
5 Plants That Are Perfect For Even The Tiniest Kitchen Garden
Here are five perfect plants you can grow in your tiny ‘kitchen garden.
1. Tomatoes – You can grow tomatoes in almost any size of container, depending on whether you plant it in the balcony or on your window. Use either a starter plant, where you already have a ready small sample of the plant, or start from planting seeds. Make sure the drainage is good, and add some homemade compost to ensure your tomatoes grow really fast and good in size. Add only one plant in each container to give it enough space to grow properly.
2. Spinach – Spinach grows really well in small containers, and the smallest container size you can go for is about an eight inch one. Remember that spinach can wilt really fast in the heat, so you have to plant it in such a way that it does not get direct sunlight. Also, spinach can dry out really fast, so make sure you water them regularly. Adding homemade organic compost will help your leaves grow faster.
3. Cucumbers – The best part about growing cucumbers is that you can grow them in vines, so even if you have a really really tiny space, you can still growing them. Yet again, your homemade organic compost will do wonders for the cucumber plants. Remember that the best time to plant cucumbers, whether from seeds or a starter plant is when the weather is not cold. If the weather is too hot or dry, you may have to water more than once a day.
4. Lettuce – Instead of buying them at the stores at expensive prices, you can easily grow your own lettuce in your limited space. Lettuce will benefit greatly from mild sunlight and you can even plant it along with any other greens, such as oregano or basil. Using a small container will not be a problem, just make sure you remove it from too much sunlight to avoid wilting. Also, make sure that the container has a good drainage system.
5. Quinoa – Yes, you can grow these super healthy grains right in your containers! The best part is that when you grow quinoa in a container, it will grow only to a height of about two feet, making it a perfect window or balcony plant. The seeds will appear on the top part. Once the plants start turning brown, you can trim the stalk to take out the seeds.
As I had said in an earlier post, I am horrible at dealing with plants, and they just don’t seem to like my company. But if you’ve grown anything in your kitchen garden, especially in containers, on your window or balcony, do send me a few pictures so that we can share it here 🙂
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