Cooks Best Friend: The Garden
There is nothing better than being able to go out and pick your own fresh vegetables while you are cooking your meals. Of course, you aren’t going to want to have to walk all the way around the house and out into the back yard to get those vegetables, either.
The best way to get a great cook’s garden is to place the garden close enough to your kitchen that you can get your vegetables, but won’t have to worry about everything you are cooking burning.
The first thing you will need to do is get your plot ready for planting. You may only need a 5 by 5 foot square patch of land to have all the things you need to be a gourmet chef. When you have your plot picked out, you need to make sure the soil is nutrient rich and free of debris like sticks, rocks, and dead leaves.
You should also spread around 3 inches of compost on top of the soil to give your plants that extra bonus of nutrients they will need to start growing. You might want to put in a walkway to your garden as well, so you won’t have to worry about tracking mud and dirt through your kitchen.
You should start planting in early spring, depending on when your growing season starts, and always try to plant in a conscious manner. This means to place the low lying plants in the front, the taller plants in the middle, and any plants that will need a lot of head room and support in the back. This makes it easier on you to reach when harvesting, and it gives all of the plants enough sunlight to grow.
If you take the time to plan out your kitchen garden, you will have all the fresh vegetables and herbs you could ever need to cook with in a very little amount of time. By designing it ahead of time, you can see where things are going to be planted so that you can make the most of the area you have.
There are so many wonderful things you can plant in your garden that you should probably sit down and plan out what you are going to be using the most. You can plant more of these types of plants so that you will never run out of great home grown food.