How To Create A Summer Kitchen Garden (Even If You Don’t Have An Actual Garden)

Diply 27 Jun 2017

There are ways to impress your friends and save money, and then there’s serving them a salad and saying, “I grew it all myself.” Kitchen gardens, bursting with colorful fruits and vegetables, really liven up an outdoor space, and save you a bundle at the grocery store.

Best of all, you don’t need any real skill or experience to grow a veggie garden. You don’t even need an actual garden.

You can easily create a gorgeous veggie garden on a balcony or courtyard

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Awesome veggie gardens don't require a lot of space, just someone who knows how to use it.

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Grow up!

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There are many fruit and veggie varieties that like to climb: beans, cucumbers, and strawberries are popular choices.

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Go potty

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You really don't need a garden bed to grow a kitchen garden There is a fruit and vegetable to fit every sized pot. Herbs do well in smaller pots, while tomatoes, carrots, radishes, peppers, and lettuces require larger ones.

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Tip: pots and containers must have holes in the bottom for drainage

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Vegetables die if left sitting in wet soil for too long.

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Embrace companion planting

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That’s when different plants are put in one large planter. Make the best use of space by planting taller plants at the back and smaller ones up front. Locate plants that need shade next to the taller ones too.

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You don’t need a lot of space to grow a vegetable garden but you do need some other stuff

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Three things, in fact: good soil, water, and sunlight.

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Good soil is very important

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It provides the food for the vegetables. Different types of plants require different kinds of soil. You can pick up vegetable-specific soil from your garden center.

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Plenty of sunshine...

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Veggie patches require around six hours of sunshine a day, so make sure your planters are placed in the sunniest spot on your balcony or in your courtyard.

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If you are a little sun deprived, choose veggies that don’t require as much, like lettuces and broccoli. 

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...plenty of rain

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You’ll need to give your garden a drink every day. Rain doesn’t always come to the party so you will have to water the garden yourself.

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Like most living things, some vegetables are more high maintenance than others

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Absolute beginners should start with herbs, also known as the easiest food to grow. Choose varieties you already use in your cooking, like rosemary, parsley, mint, and coriander.

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Fact: you cannot kill silverbeet

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Even if you’ve gone on holidays and left it to wilt in the hot sun for days on end, chances are it can be revived with a lot of water.

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Lettuces are almost as difficult to kill

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Direct sunlight will do it, so grow them in partial shade and your only worry will be can you eat them quickly enough.

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Cherry tomatoes are easy to grow and they look so festive!

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Almost like little Christmas trees with tiny edible baubles. Delicious, too.

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Cucumbers are great in a summer salad, but now you’re a gardener you should know…

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…they are also a very pest- and disease-resistant plant.

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Here's a tip: grow seedlings in egg shells

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They are the perfect size and can be planted directly into the soil.

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Line potted plants with coffee filters

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It will slow down the drainage and give the plant longer to drink up.

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While you're at it, share a coffee with your plants

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Coffee is a great source of nutrients for plants and it deters pests. So dilute your leftover coffee and toss it in the garden. Wait for it to cool first.

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Got slugs? Set a beer trap

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Put a shallow bowl of beer on the soil next to the plants. Slugs are attracted to the yeast. Sadly it’s a fatal attraction because they drown.

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Stop aphids in their tracks

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If you discover small, white insects on your plant leaves, spray the leaves with a mixture of water and a couple of drops of dishwashing liquid.

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