Kitchen gardening is a big topic right now.
Age UK have created a campaign all about growing your own vegetables in a kitchen garden and have shared lots of brilliant tips and step by step guides on how to grow different kinds of vegetables such as carrots, sweet potato, spinach, etc.
We have a little a kitchen garden ourselves and currently grow our own lettuces, tomatoes and strawberries and our own herbs. I would really like to expand this though so this guide is brilliant for someone with little experience like me.
What would I like to grow if I expand my kitchen gardening?
I would like to try my hand with
- Runner beans
Not only are all the above veggies nutritious and delicious they are all really versatile and something we cook with a lot as they lend themselves to so many dishes. How handy it would be to have them in abundance, home grown in our garden. Certainly something well worth exploring.
The benefits of kitchen gardening
There are of course many benefits to kitchen gardening that I know would enhance my life. The top 5 are:
- Environmental – Kitchen gardening would reduce my carbon footprint… no lorries for delivery, car trips to the supermarket or packaging would be involved in the making of my kitchen garden goodies.
- Cost – The cost of fresh veg is significantly reduced when you grow your own.
- Taste – Does anything at all taste quite as good as home grown food?
- Convenience – No more worrying about whether we have fresh veg in – we would always have it in.
- Health – Fresh air and exercise would be plentiful and gardening has proven scientific benefits for both physical and mental health.
Having a kitchen garden really is good for you!
What would you grow in yours and have you tried your hand at kitchen gardening?
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