Just the very mention of a kitchen garden sounds weird. However, many chefs are opting to grow their own herbs, fruits and vegetables for healthy meals year round. These things cost a fortune in the local supermarket, and by producing them locally it can save a great deal of money. However, the closer the garden is to you, the better of you are.
Most people don’t have the ability to run a full-scale garden indoors. That would require all sorts of modifications to the space to accommodate a garden. But, you can keep a small garden indoors with fresh herbs like basil and dill. What is better on boiled red-skinned potatoes than some freshly chopped dill from your kitchen garden?
Starting a kitchen garden is not as hard as it may seem. First, you must pick a sunny spot or one that is closest to natural light. The best gardens will receive full sun at least six hours out of the day. You also want to be near a drain or somewhere that the soil can drain well. You will have to water this space continuously, so it has to be in an area where a little water won’t cause a big mess.
Indoor gardens are a lot different than their outdoor cousins. First, you are limited in what you can grow. Most people have to build specific containers that can cultivate their products. Some put their gardens right outside the back door. This will work in areas that have sunshine year round, but not in other areas of the US where old man winter comes knocking each year.
The best tip is to start small. Begin with a couple of your favorite herbs that you use all the time. If you find yourself going to the market and continuously getting chives or oregano, then start with those. Your customers or family will notice a huge difference in the taste of fresh herbs. When you pick them in your own kitchen, it just seems to add even more excitement to the process.
If you want to be really adventurous, then try a greenhouse. These little building are a bit of an investment, and it will take some time to get going. However, it can be a significant benefit to anyone who is interested in providing fresh herbs and produce to their customers. Even during the winter months, a greenhouse can be heated to ensure that the plants don’t die. Also, automatic water cycles can ensure that the vegetation gets the water it needs to thrive.
An indoor garden is a novel concept if you have the space and time to devote to it. Why not mix things up and save a dollar or two by growing your herbs yourself?