Kitchen gardens are meant to supply the household with some vegetables, fruits or herbs
They may be highly ornamental, featuring lots of other plants that can make the garden very pretty, or they can be very simple, with just a few plots to grow food a family would enjoy eating. Today, creating kitchen gardens may have some similar aims. It may be a means to stretch the budget by growing food at home that then won’t need to be purchased at a grocery store.
Food produced in kitchen gardens usually does save money and tends to taste better than grocery store purchased fruit and veggies.
Rows at Urban Potager Kitchen Garden Urban Agricultures
Though the idea of an ornamental garden is a good one, and there are many famous gardeners especially in Europe, the average kitchen gardens may favor function over beauty. It can contain a lot of different things, including the favorite veggies, herbs or fruits of the grower, and it may be used year round for certain things. People might be able to grow winter lettuces or winter squash and cut down on purchases of these while extending the growing season.
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Those who don’t have lots of space may still be able to create quite functional kitchen gardens by using a couple of raised beds or by growing some food in oak barrels. Things like tomatoes, zucchini and peppers are easily grown in large barrels, and one barrel or more could be devoted to favorite herbs. Some small fruit trees can even be accommodated in barrels, such as many mandarin orange varieties and other citrus trees. This means that people who don’t have access to much yard space or soil might still able to produce a passable garden.
Harvesting kitchen garden picture
There are organizations that celebrate the kitchen gardens, like Kitchen Gardeners International, which sponsors a yearly celebration of these gardens in August. The business of encouraging people to create kitchen gardens is highly serious, since it can help address small shortages in food supply worldwide, and most gardening methods advocated is sustainable ones with little debt to the environment.