A kitchen garden is where herbs and vegetables are grown around the house for household use.
It is a safe practice, which does not cause toxic residues of pesticides in the vegetables produced.
For people to stay healthy it’s very important to have good quality of vegetables. That’s why , everyone should have knowledge about Kitchen Gardening.
✓ Benefits of the Kitchen Garden
- to grow healthy, fresh vegetables yourself;
- to save the cost of buying vegetables and herbs;
- waste resources such as sweepings, kitchen scraps and dirty water can be recycled into the garden;
- wasteland around the house can be made productive.
✓ How to make a kitchen Garden ?
Because there’s often no tradition of kitchen gardens, many people can’t grow the vegetables their own. Or they spend lots of money on vegetables, or their health suffers from lack of quality of vegetables.
It may be that you haven’t been able to make a kitchen garden. There are several reasons why it may be difficult to make a kitchen garden, or if you have made one, it is not successful due to:
- pests, diseases or livestock have destroyed the crop;
- no good seed or seedlings;
- lack of space;
- lack of water;
- lack of fertility;
- no spare time;
- lack of the right skills.
To make a successful kitchen garden, things to pay attention are:
- Site selection
- Water management
- Seed & seedlings
- Design of the garden
✓ What Are the Environmental Benefits of Growing Your Own Food?
°° Reducing Carbon Emissions and Waste
Growing your own food allows you to stop relying solely on traditional methods of purchasing your produce from a grocery store. When you buy foods from these shops, you should take into consideration the sad, but true, fact that these foods travel an average of 1,500+ miles before ever being consumed. Not only does this impact the freshness and flavor of the food, but more importantly, this emits dangerous amounts of carbon emissions and waste associated with air freight and other transportation methods into the atmosphere.
By growing your own food, you are helping to reduce the high amounts of burning fossil fuels that fill our environment as a direct result of importing foods from commercial farmers. You also are reducing waste from food packaging materials such as man-made plastics and cardboard, that also travel hundreds and thousands of miles.
°° Avoid Carcinogenic Pesticides and Fertilizers
By growing your own food, you’ll get peace of mind knowing what you are eating and what has gone into producing that item. Not only does commercial farming emit harmful chemicals into the air as mentioned above, but it also pours harmful chemicals into our soil and water. Conventional farming utilizes an extreme amount of pesticides and synthetic fertilizers to grow their commercialized crops, filling our earth and the foods that we are consuming with harmful chemicals, some that have even been proven to cause cancer and other diseases.
By growing your own garden, you are the one to decide what goes on your plants and into your soil, allowing you to reduce the amount of harmful chemicals polluting our environment and waterways. Organically growing your own food is sustainable and nourishes your soil by using safe and natural fertilizers and products.
°° Other Benefits
Growing your own food, especially for the first time, opens up a great learning opportunity. In order to help your crops flourish, you have the chance to learn about the weather and other environmental factors that may not have been relevant for you to be aware of before. This can also be a fun, family task to take on to make an environmental impact together and to teach your children the importance of going green.
°° Show Your Environment Some Love
This ENVIRONMENT DAY, take a step towards “Going Green” in your home and give growing some of your own food a try. Keep our air, water, and soil clean by helping to reduce the demands put on our land every day by commercial agriculture. Make a positive impact on our environment today!
✓ Cost and Expenditure
Home vegetable gardens are often promoted as a way to cut household costs by providing low-cost access to fruits and vegetables. How much can gardeners expect to spend and recoup from their efforts? An analysis of published data suggests that home vegetable gardens are profitable, if the fair market value of garden labor is excluded from calculated costs. On average, home vegetable gardens produce $677 worth of fruits and vegetables, beyond the cost of $238 worth of materials and supplies. Local environmental conditions, gardening practices, and crop choices will influence the actual net value realized by individual gardeners.
With today’s tight economy, everyone is looking for ways to cut expenses. Growing a kitchen garden has the potential to reduce the amount of money spent on groceries. But this “potential” depends on the costs involved in growing the crops, types and amounts of vegetables grown, yields that are derived from the garden, and other factors.
It’s possible to spend a small fortune on a garden. The humorous book, “The $64 Tomato” by William Alexander, discusses one man’s quest for the perfect garden and how it ended up costing him $64 per tomato (among other things). This astonishing figure is the result of all of the input costs (tools and equipment, fertilizers, pesticides, water, etc.) associated with gardening. These costs can add up quickly, even for a small vegetable garden. The trick to saving money with a vegetable garden is limiting the costs while maximizing yield.