Sure, gardening is fun, but did you know it’s good for you, too? Turns out working in the garden reduces stress and so much more!
You don’t need to have a huge backyard or space for creating your own small kitchen garden. You can start small with a few organic herbs that you use most in your daily cooking.
If you need a break from your worries and anxiety, grab a few pots and your gardening gloves and set to work.
Science has proven that gardening can improve your physical&emotional wellbeing and helps improving your mental health.
As per NASA, indoor plant not only improve air quality but also filters out airborne chemicals.
For this project, let’s start with most basic herbs that we use in our kitchen. Get your hands on organic seeds of Garlic, Coriander, spinach, Fenugreek, Mint, Curry leaves and Lemon.
They don’t require too much of sunlight, the plant can be kept in a living room or placed near the window.
We have a few recommendations on where to get organic seeds at the end of this article. Do check it out.
Few pots on your kitchen windowsill or containers on a deck, terrace garden or balcony or your own kitchen garden in your backyard where you get sunlight for 6-7 hours in a day.
Doesn’t Necessarily have to be pots
Be creative. You don’t need to invest into fancy earthen pots. Use your old plastic buckets, plastic bottles or cut out your laundry detergent bottle in the middle, just make sure there is a small hole at the bottle of the containers for drainage.
Soil and potting
There are a lot of companies offering organic soil rich in nutrients, in small packs at reasonable prices in the market. Unless you want to make your own soil, we suggest buying the ready to pot soil from the market directly.
Just make sure you buy the right type of soil for your kitchen garden.The most important component in soil is the organic matter, such as manure, peat moss, or compost, which is the best option because it contains decayed microorganisms of previous plant life. Those microorganisms supply plants the nutrients they need. For the compost use bagged compost available in stores or online.
Mulch your soil
Its an important step. It’s a layer of organic material placed on top of the soil as a protective layer to retain moisture, insulate the soil and reduce weed germination.
You can keep it covered simply by adding a layer of dry crushed leaves.
Fertilizing your vegetables will help them grow faster and yield larger crops.Prepackaged and a variety of organic fertilizer can be bought online, or at your local garden center or nursery.If you have rich soil already, consider skipping applying fertilizer. Too much of a good thing can make your plants put on lots of lush, soft growth loved by pests.
Organic Seeds or Seedlings or bulbs
While there are a lot of options for buying organic seeds online or in stores or nursery, if you are getting seedlings then a thorough check is required. When shopping for seedlings, experts recommend choosing plants that have a healthy color for the species with no yellow leaves. Avoid droopy or wilting leaves.
For potting herbs like garlic, just pot the garlic clove you have lying in the kitchen in the pot.
Coriander seeds are widely used in Indian kitchens. Grab a few seeds and rub them till they split in two and then pot them and watch them grow.
Tips for watering your pots growing in containers
Before watering a container, be sure that the plants need water. Over-watering is just as harmful as under-watering. The soil at the surface of the container might look and feel dry to the touch, but the soil might be moist just an inch or two below the surface.
The most important thing to remember when watering containers is to water deeply—this means that you should see water running out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the container. If you don’t see watering flowing from the bottom of the container, you have not watered enough. Water your plants in the morning and water the soil not the foliage!
Make sure the soil does not dry out completely as most potting mixes become tough and stop absorbing water efficiently.
Happy Gardening! Do keep us posted on your progress.