Our grandparents and great grandparents who farmed or gardened realized the benefits of placing certain plants together for more vigorous growth, higher yields, better flavor, and to repel would-be pests while attracting beneficial insects.
Almost all vegetables need full sun — from morning through the end of the day. Soil must be well-drained. Add organic material to the soil and dig in. Mulch garden area. Water at soil level, at least 1" of water per week. Keep leaves dry, or water in morning if using sprinklers.
If you love to cook, you need a kitchen garden with lots of fresh herbs to pick! Have one this summer, situated in a handy place not far from the stove. Nothing beats the flavor of fresh herbs!
You don’t need a lot of herb plants for savory cooking additions -- just a sprig or two of fresh herbs lend a piquant flavor to your recipes. One to three plants of each will be plenty for a small family. If you like, include some bunching onions and lettuce in your Cooking Garden. All are easily grown from seeds! To plant, follow the easy directions provided on the seed packets.
When my wife and I sell our produce at the farmer's market, our customers often don't notice that our vegetables are organic; they buy for taste. But the difference is so remarkable that we would grow organically for this reason alone. We've had school groups out to our farm, kids trying and loving things they'd never liked before - beans, broccoli even!
So what, exactly, does "organic" mean? It means growing without chemicals...
Often times, plants in the kitchen garden will need a little support to keep them from falling over, creating a mess and smothering out neighbors. Cages, trellises and tepees train tall plants and vine crops, while making your kitchen garden more tidy and productive by using vertical space.
Tomatoes are one crop that usually needs to be staked or caged. You can purchase ready made tomato stakes or cages at TSC or you can make your own.
Raised bed gardening is a quick, easy and very productive way to grow veggies, herbs, small fruits and flowers in a small space. In just a few hours or a weekend, you can be well on your way to growing healthy food for your family.
Container kitchen gardening is a convenient and productive way to grow good things to eat without the work of a large garden. More and more folks are discovering this quick and easy means of gardening.
Plant fruit trees in your kitchen garden or backyard orchard and reap the bounty of fresh fruit for years to come. With proper planning and a few tips you should be well on your way to that first jar of apple butter on the pantry shelf.
Despite the size, bonsai is not a species of dwarf tree, but rather the art of growing trees in miniature. The Chinese originated bonsai more than 2,000 years ago, but it was the Japanese who popularized this method of cultivating a "tree in a pot."