Gardening has become a popular subject these days many people are interested in getting started, but just don’t know where to start. The fact is it really doesn’t take much to start your own kitchen garden. Gardens can be in your back yard like the traditional gardens we think of, or you can think outside the box and start your own container garden. If you live in the city or just have limited space the container garden is for you.
To get your container garden started the only things you will need are some pots, potting soil, and plants or seeds. I enjoy the container gardening because they add to the décor of my home and they can be moved around to create different settings. It is possible to grow just what you need in the containers.
One of the most important things to remember when growing in containers is that the plants need extra watering because they dry out faster than if they were in the backyard garden. Also, you may want to cover the roots with some mulch to help keep the moisture in and keep the roots from getting damaged by the sun.
When growing your container garden you can choose to go organic or not. What does it mean to grow something organic? This means that you do not use chemical fertilizers, chemical pesticides, or anything that is chemical on your plants. So, how do you grow plants without chemical fertilizer? There are several ways to go about this. You can learn how to compost, if you have the room to do so, or you can buy natural fertilizers. These fertilizers can be purchased at your local home improvement store; they are composed of animal and vegetable matter that occurs naturally.
What about pest control? How do you keep the bugs from eating up your plants? The best protection from bugs is prevention. You can find organic pesticides or you can try to control the pest before they become a problem. Here are some ideas to help with pest control; first many people plant flowers around their vegetable plants, this will help to draw the pests away from your crops and to the flowers. Second, you can integrate predatory insects into your plants, such as lady bugs and predatory mites; these bugs will help to kill off the pesky insects that will harm your plants.
Everyone wants to save money on their food bill and enjoy the fresh taste of home grown vegetables; it really does not have to be a great challenge.