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Tips for Planning Kitchen Gardening
Tips for Planning Kitchen GardeningToday, though, that concept of growing one`s own food has become far less common place. But the idea is certainly something worth considering, especially when one factors in the high cost of quality organic flowers, herbs, vegetables and berries -- much of which can be raised with ease if you keep a few simple tips in mind.

Whether you`re starting a new kitchen garden or reorganizing an existing one, the first, and most important, thing to remember is to resist biting off more than you can chew. Seduced by lush images of kitchen garden extravaganzas promoted in the glossy pages of books and magazines, many an ambitious beginner opens up so much ground for planting that by the middle of summer the plot turns into a weedy mess. In despair, the overwhelmed first-timer throws in the trowel. What no one tells you is that those huge gardens that tempt you in books and on television are often tended by a bevy of paid laborers and professionals. Make no mistake about it: A kitchen garden requires hours of work each week, both in terms of upkeep and harvesting. So unless you intend to foot the bill for a maintenance staff, start small. Remember, you can always expand next year.Try to keep the kitchen garden close to the kitchen.

The second factor for creating a successful kitchen garden is making sure your soil is in shape. Gardening starts with the dirt, and if you are expecting any kind of decent results, you cannot neglect the soil. First, you need to have your soil tested. You can buy a kit and do it yourself or, better yet, send a soil sample to a local testing agency for a more complete analysis. The results of these tests will tell you exactly what you need to do to get your soil up to snuff, whether it`s adding more humus in the form of rotted manure or compost, supplying missing nutrients or assuring proper drainage. With your soil in shape, you are already halfway to a successful kitchen garden harvest.

Finally, be sure to focus your efforts on growing those things that you enjoy and will use. If that sounds like pure common sense, you`d be surprised to learn how often people grow quantities of vegetables, fruits and herbs they never wind up. Although it`s fun to experiment and try growing new things, it`s always wise to start small with any produce you are unsure about: You can always grow more next year if you like.

Even flowers, a frequently overlooked feature of the kitchen garden, can contribute culinary variety as well as go a long way to turning a potentially prosaic and practical horticultural space into a potager of notable beauty.

The principal requirements are seeds, manure, land /containers, handy implements and supports. Decide which seeds to buy after getting the consensus of the family, only choose that which is liked by all, a judicious mix, and raise them in very small quantities just to meet your requirements. Also space them properly so that the crop matures in stages and not all at once.

The manure of the kitchen garden can be supplemented by kitchen waste and sweepings. If we inoculate it with vermiculture it would enrich the soil.
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