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A Kitchen Garden in Pots

A Kitchen Garden in Pots

If you thought a kitchen garden only works in large houses, you are in for a revelation. Here's how you can grow vegetables even if you are staying in a small home.

What you can grow

Although you cannot have the lavishness of a full-fledged kitchen garden, you can grow many things (in smaller amounts) in your little space. Your options are: fruiting vegetables like tomatoes, brinjals, capsicums, radish and spring onions; salad greens like lettuce and cucumber; and indispensable herbs like mint, coriander, garlic, ginger, curry leaf, oregano, thyme, green chilies, etc. However, you might have to buy your daily quota of root vegetables like potatoes and onions because they need more space to survive.

Container shopping

Two factors will help you decide on the right containers: available space and the plant you choose. For example, herbs will need pots that are between 6 to 10 inches in size. Tomatoes and brinjals will need larger pots (of at least 20 liters capacity). Capsicums and cucumbers require 4 to 8 liter pot per plant.

Here's help on selecting the right container:

  • Opt for window boxes if you have a flat with many windows. They are convenient and look fairly attractive.
  • Terra cotta and stone pots, unlike plastic ones, allow plants to breathe freely but they dry fast and are difficult to shift.
  • Wood containers save plants from excessive heat but plants tend to rot.
  • Place plastic saucers under the pots to avoid soil and water spillage.
  • Get creative. Don't throw away buckets, wire baskets, etc. Use them along with hanging baskets for smaller plants.
  • Say no to containers with small openings.
  • Make drain holes in all the pots.

Preparing the soil

The planting media should be disease-free, lightweight and capable to hold moisture. It should be drainage-friendly and contain vital nutrients. Organic manure or compost can be a wonderful growing medium. You can add decomposable kitchen waste to it. Besides this, you can buy commercial or synthetic potting mixes made from sawdust, peat moss, vermiculite and wood chips. You might have to add a little lime to neutralize their acidic contents. A combination of loamy garden soil, sand and peat moss also makes a good growing mixture.

Seeding Time

Transplanting is ideal for container gardening. You can get various seedlings from the nursery. Plant them carefully so you don't harm their tender roots.

Fertilizing

There are many chemical fertilizers in the market. But liquid organic fertilizers will be much better for your greens as these are your edible plants.
Transplants would need nutrient solutions from the moment you plant them. In case of seeds, the solution dose is required when plants germinate. When you buy seeds or transplants, remember to enquire about the frequency of fertilization and the duration of sunlight each plant should receive.

Watering

All vegetable plants need constant moisture. Some plants might need water on a daily basis. Avoid wetting the foliage because wet leaves might invite diseases.

Diseases and insects

Companion gardening is highly recommended to keep insects away. For example, garlic plant protects cucumber and celery plants and these pots can be placed close together. However, if insects or diseases do strike your plants, go for the safest botanical or microbial pesticides.
When ripe vegetables start peeping from green plants, it will be a moment of pure joy. After all, how often do you see hard work paying off in just a couple of months?


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ravi
ravi.7 years ago
what vagetable con i plant in this season
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nbnath
nbnath.8 years ago
RASHI MAM
BLORE HAS A NICE WEATHER U CAN INITIALLY GROW TOMATOES(U MAY HAVE TO HAND POLINATE ONCE FLOWERED),CHILLIES. CAPSICUM, CREEPERS LIKE CUCUMBER ETC. AS REGARDS TO FERTILIZER IF U R USING GREEN WASTE FROM UR HOUSE VIZ PEELED VEGETABLE SKIN ETC.U DONT HAVE TO BUY FERTILIZER JUST CUT INTO SMALL PIECES BY SCISSORS IN ORDER TO GET IT DECOMPOSED FAST. U CAN USE GODREJ'S VIPUL PLANT BOOSTER FOR SPRAYING,COW DUNG DRIED FROM POOJA SHOP BURNT ASH FROM DRIES LEAVES I AM BANKER BY PROFESSION BUT LOVE GARDENING THAT GIVES ME MANYTHING TO LEARN FROM NATURE.(SACRIFICE) U SHOULD TAKE CARE OF THE PLANT AS U TAKE CARE UR CHILDREN. MY CONTACT NO IS 9326031989 IF U NEED ANY DETAIL OR MAIL ME IN nbnath64@hotmail.com.I WILL TRY TO UPLOAD PHOTOS IF POSSIBLE OF MY PLANTS.MY IN LAWS R FM BLORE AND MY LATE MOTHER IN LAW WAS VERY FOND OF GARDENING I USED BRING FLOWERING PLANTS FROM OOTY AND BLORE AND PLANT THEM IN MUMBAI.UR CHILDREN ALSO LEARN MANY THINGS FROM PLANTS AND VEGETABLES AND GREEN AROUND YOUR HOUSE KEEPS ATMOSPHERE COOL AND HAPPY BY XCHANGING OXYGEN WE REQUIRE.
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nbnath
nbnath.8 years ago
DEAR DVV BLORE HAS A NICE WEATHER U CAN INITIALLY TOMATOES,CHILLIES. CAPSICUM, CREEPERS LIKE CUCUMBER ETC. AS REGARDS TO FERTILIZER IF U R USING GREEN WASTE FROM UR HOUSE VIZ PEELED VEGETABLE SKIN ETC.U DONT HAVE TO BUY FERTILIZER JUST CUT INTO SMALL PIECES BY SCISSORS IN ORDER TO GET IT DECOMPOSED FAST. U CAN USE GODREJ'S VIPUL PLANT BOOSTER FOR SPRAYING,COW DUNG DRIED FROM POOJA SHOP BURNT ASH FROM DRIESD LEAVES I AM BANKER BY PROFESSION BUT LOVE GARDENING THAT GIVES ME MANYTHING TO LEARN FROM NATURE.U SHOULD TAKE CARE AS IF U TAKE CARE UR CHILDREN. MY CONTACT NO IS 9326031989 IF U NEED ANY DETAIL OR MAIL ME IN nbnath64@hotmail.com.I WILL TRY TO UPLOAD PHOTOS IF POSSIBLE OF MY PLANTS.
 
 
 
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nbnath
nbnath.8 years ago
DEAR FRIENDS JUST CLICK IN COMPUTER ABOUT KITCHEN GARDENING AND U WILL SURPRISED TO C THAT IN FOREIGN THEY GROW TONS OF TOMATOES IN 100 SQ FT AREA.PLEASE GO FOR COMPANION GARDENING WHERE SOME PLANTS WILL GET PROTECTED AUTOMATICALLY IF THESE COMPANION PLANTS R GROWN TOGETHER OR NEXT TO IT.
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nbnath
nbnath.8 years ago
I GROW CHILLIES EACH WEEK GIVING ME30-50 CHILLIES,TOMATOES/NOW CUCUMBER,BITTERGUARD,I HAVE GROWN PUMPKIN AND DHOODHI IN POTS.USE GREEN WASTE FROM YOUR KITCHEN AND DRIED LEAVES FROM YOUR COMPOUND AND MIX COMPOST WITH IT.I EVEN USE BANAN SKIUN CUT INTO PIECES AND PUT TO MY PLANT.U DONT HAVE TO USE MUD ATALL.USE GOMUTRA FOR SPRAYING IN CASE OF DISEASE TO THE PLANT AVBL IN POOJA SHOP IN AND AROUND
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KISHORE GAJGHATE
KISHORE GAJGHATE.11 years ago
Kitchen Garden in Pots is great and incredible idea to secure and sustain energetic life of human being. I think every housewife should endorse this concept, which will be large initiative of healthy India.
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sn.11 years ago
trying putting used tea leaves in the pot they plants grow well its a natural manure for em..
 
 
 
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Rashi
Rashi.11 years ago
hi, this kitchen garden idea in pots is really a great one and i am going to follow it soon. i want to start with tomatoes and corriender leaves :). just wanted to know if you can inform more about the suitable plants for climate conditions on bangalore,india?
 
 
 
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DVV
DVV.11 years ago
encouraging article for people like me who are in the verge of retirement from services, as a useful time spending. you can also specifically give the names of the artificial fertilisers for respective vegetables with their commercial names. this would help for a beginner like me. thanks.
 
 
 
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jyoti sharma from ambala
hi,this is a great idea and it will promote good health and give some nice gentle exercise
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