OK, so you’ve been thinking about growing your own food for a bit.
You feel that urban farming is a bit ambitious for you and you’ve only got a small space to use for your garden?
Then you’re in the right place as our urban kitchen gardening guide is meant to help you get the most out of a small garden and enjoy fresh tasty food as nature intended you to.
The Elements Of A Great Urban Kitchen Gardener
Almost anyone can succeed as an urban kitchen gardener as long as they have the right raw elements to do so.
- Time. We all need more time but if you don’t give your garden the attention it needs to feed, water, turn it, etc. then it won’t produce the results you are hoping for.
- Persistence. We wish that every plant was bamboo because then you’d get instant results, sadly, most plants need more time to grow.
- A thirst for knowledge. It’s pretty easy to grow vegetables but sometimes things go wrong and your ability to seek out answers (online) to your problems will make life much easier.
- Hard work. It’s not sustained hard work, most of the time, but you do need to be prepared to put your back into things when needed.
- Resilience. When things fail, and they will sometimes, you need to be able to brush it off and look to the future with enthusiasm and fresh ideas.
Essentials For Your Urban Kitchen Garden
There is only one essential for your urban kitchen garden: space to grow things in.
The easiest thing to do is build a raised bed (we like to use an area of roughly 12’ x 12’) in your backyard.
However, this may not be possible in all urban situations and that’s not a problem, you can use plant pots instead and try to create as much surface area for growing veggies as possible.
You then fill that space with a quality soil mix which drains easily.
Our preferred mix is red sand, compost and soil and each component should be used in equal parts.
You may also want to take the following into account when positioning your garden:
- Plants need light. Your garden must get at least 6 and, ideally, 8 hours of sunshine for your veggies to fulfil their potential. You want to look at this carefully before situating your raised bed or plant pots.
- Life is better when it’s convenient. The best place to put your garden is directly next to your back door (or front door if needed). Then it’s easy to get the work done. You should also make sure that you have a water supply handy which you can attach a hose to, for the same reasons.
- Plant pots can be moved. You want to give some consideration to the winter time and what the weather will be like, you can move a plant pot inside if it gets bitterly cold outside, you can’t shift a raised bed.
- Treated timber is bad. If you opt for a raised bed, you shouldn’t use treated timber as the outline – the treatment can poison the soil.
- Vertical gardening can add space. Even in the smallest spaces, you can grow up if you can’t grow out – use trellises to run vines up into the heavens.
Food That Grows Well In An Urban Kitchen Garden
Only you can decide what you want to grow and most veggies will be easy to grow and most are resistant to pests and disease (which makes looking after them easy).
But it is best to choose a theme, say Italian food or Ethiopian food, and try to grow veggies and herbs, etc. that complement each other.
This makes it much easier to bring all your fresh produce together into meals and this is the way you get the best value out of your urban kitchen garden.
And don’t forget, if you produce too much, you can always freeze, can, dry, etc. the produce to extend its useful life.
Urban Kitchen Gardening Guide Conclusion
We hope that you have found our urban kitchen gardening guide useful and that it inspires you to grow your own food.
If it does, you may need a mini-fridge to store some of those tasty vegetables in, to ensure that it lasts as long as possible.