5 Ideas to Turn Your Balcony Into a Kitchen Garden3 min read
Kitchen gardening is a concept where you grow plants, vegetables and herbs in your home area for domestic use. Kitchen Gardens don’t necessarily need large spaces or gardens, they can be even grown on a balcony, and next time you are in need of herbs or vegetables, you no longer need to go to the market for it, all you need to do is get some of it from your kitchen garden!
Here are some tips and tricks that will help you to convert your terrace or balcony into a kitchen garden:
1. Go for Vertical gardening
Vertical gardening not only saves space but also improves air circulation and adds on to the visual appeal. Besides, it also increases accessibility and acts as a privacy screen against all the unwanted city noise. You can choose hanging pots, wooden racks or wall planters that are easily available online. One of the difficulties in kitchen gardening is that it attracts pests. Vertical gardening keeps pests at bay which is why it is an apt choice while turning compact spaces into a kitchen garden.
Check out ways for vertical gardening here: https://youtu.be/zPmCIORLpzE
2. Begin with Herbs
Herbs take smaller spaces, adjust with different surrounding and can grow in a roomy garden or a window as well. Most herbs prefer good sunlight and lean in its direction so make sure you keep rotating their alignment. However, they require good aeration and just the adequate watering. Coriander, Basil, Thyme, Parsley, spearmint(Pudina), lemon grass, Oregano, Curry leaves (Kadi Patta) and Chilly(Mirchi) are some of the herbs that any beginner can easily grow before moving on to the major vegetables. Though one has to constantly keep plucking these herbs in order to let them grow.
3. Grow Edible Flowers
Flowers can actually add up all the colour and fragrance you need in your balcony. You can bring pots of flowers like rose, marigold, lavender, jasmine, hibiscus that be used for religious, garnishing as well as for decoration purposes. Furthermore, Jasmine and lavender can be use for cosmetic and medicinal uses.
4. Vegetables you can grow
Tomato, capsicum, spinach, lady’s finger, lemon, eggplant, etc are some of the plants that require medium sized and can be grown throughout the year. If you live in a cooler region, you can grow vegetables like spinach, cabbage, cauliflower, carrot, radish, etc. Besides, you can always try on new fruits and vegetables. All you need to do is get a sapling or seeds and try to maintain it by providing them with adequate water and sunlight.
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5. Make your own compost
You can contribute your bit at reducing food waste by turning it to a compost. Firstly, layer the bottom of an earthen pot with some compost. Further, punch some holes in it to allow air circulation. Now, you put those vegetable and fruit peels, egg shells, leaves, flowers, etc on top of it and finally cover it with plastic or a plank of wood to retain moisture. And that’s just how, gradually, you have more compost to extend your garden!
Watch the video to convert food waste to compost here: https://youtu.be/wOQZuUHYlnk
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Apart from this, you can always be creative with things and try different plants in various containers. For example, using plastic bottles to grow flowers or grow fruits in those hand-painted pots. Are you ready to contribute your part to a greener planet?
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