It’s time to start making plans for your kitchen garden and get ready for growing your own food and cut flowers in abundance. Kitchen gardens are great to make the most of the space outside your back door. They can be small spaces or larger but always very productive and look great. Here are some things to get started when planning your kitchen garden.
Know some background to start making plans for your kitchen garden
More often known as the ‘potager’ by the French, kitchen gardens were much more popular before the victorian era when more formal gardens became the trend. After this, many gardens were much smaller or non-existent, and this changed how the food was produced. But more recently, as people would like to know where and how their food has been produced, kitchen gardens have become more popular.
Start making plans for your kitchen garden and keep your design in mind
The kitchen garden is usually designed with the shape of the garden that you have, so aesthetically it is in keeping with the theme and style of the home. They tend to be symmetrical, designed well to both look great but also be very productive. Think of shapes like circles, diamonds, squares or hearts. At our garden centre, we offer many materials to create a lovely design for your kitchen garden. Dividing your kitchen garden into squares is nevertheless an excellent thing to do. This way, you know exactly how much space a vegetable or fruit needs.
Consider your aspect when you start making plans for your kitchen garden
To grow plenty of vegetables and cut flowers you will want to maximise sunshine, so check out where the sun is in your garden and plan where you will grow based on the aspect. Decide where your beds will be the best place to achieve maximum sun for the plants you are going to grow.
Start making plans for your kitchen garden with raised beds
If you already have beds, that's great news but if not or you want more growing space, raised beds are used a great deal in kitchen gardens. They make access easy to reach in, grow your plants, fill with compost and all-round general care. Plus they look great!
What do you want to grow when you start making plans for your kitchen garden?
The most important thing to consider is what you want to grow.
- Think about things that you eat and use, perhaps vegetables that you can’t buy so easily or are expensive.
- Perhaps some cut flowers that you enjoy and plenty of herbs! Kitchen gardens are traditionally full of leafy green vegetables, companion plants and many herbs.
- A great benefit is that you can pop outside and freshly harvest what you need to cook with for your meals and the taste of fresh homegrown produce is by far the very best!
We can help you build your kitchen garden with lots of products and plants in store.