Herbs And Vegetables
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Herbs not only have medicinal values but also add an exotic flavor to mundane food. Growing herbs and vegetables in a small kitchen garden will help you give a more personalized touch to your food. The veggies planted at home are fresh, nutritious and have lesser chemicals in them.

Here we bring you some basics on planting your own herb and vegetable garden.

Choose Well

The first step in creating a kitchen garden is choosing what you wish to grow. The choice of plants you grow will depend on your food preferences. For instance, if you love Italian food then tomatoes, basil, and oregano are a must for you.

Location

A successful kitchen garden requires adequate sun exposure. Plants that need full or direct sunlight should be placed in the sunniest area of your garden. Other herbs and vegetables that need partial shade can go to the northern and eastern parts of the garden.

Soil Preparation

In the autumn or early spring before planting or sowing, dig in plenty of compost or manure. This will not only help feed the growing plants through the season, but will also improve the soil structure and drainage. Break down large clods of earth gradually and then rake it to a medium or fine tilth.

If there is much gap between soil preparation and planting or sowing, cover the prepared plot with a layer of perforated black-plastic sheeting. It will heat the soil below and prevent weeds from growing . 

Growing In Rows

Vegetables are usually grown in rows which are wide enough to allow the gardener to walk between them. However, this requires a lot of space and with the paucity of space in modern gardens a better method is to grow them in blocks or groups.

Raised beds are also becoming popular. Here individual beds are made (about 90cm or 3 feet wide) and are edged with planks of wood. This raises the level of soil in the beds by a minimum of 6”.

Growing In Containers

These days even the smallest container can be used grow herbs and vegetables. In fact, for some herbs like invasive Mints, containers or hanging baskets are the only option. Heavy clay or terra cotta pots or any other container with good drainage will do. Small pots with a 6" diameter at the top are best for growing compact plants.