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As we approach spring, it’s a great time to start thinking about our gardens and what we want from them. This year, why don’t you think about building your own kitchen garden. A brilliant way of getting your kids involved with great quality, delicious and healthy foods.
Kitchen gardens don’t have to be difficult. It is a great place to start if you build up from your beds. Using old railways sleepers or some scaffold planks you can create a box like border. It’s nice to have a little path running down the middle of 4 or 6 separate boxes. Size isn’t overly important. If you have a large garden then you can go wild and create a really impressive English garden which you could expect to see at the Queen’s residence. However 2 ftsq boxes are fine. Just work with the size of your garden. After this article take a look at 24 hours to improve your cooking for some great ideas on what to do with your crop!
Garden centres will help advise you on the best soil. Some plants, such as herbs or climbers (Runner beans etc) benefit from having a stone drainage layer under their rich soil. If you start composting now, you will also have a great resource for feeding the soil and will be able to tell your friends you are more eco friendly now!
To limit sharing your yield with naughty nibblers, enlist the help of a good pest control services. Termites, snails and flies are all going to play havoc with your crop.
Choosing what to grow is the fun bit, and it’s great to get your kids involved here. Tomatoes are really popular and can be started off in the house then transfered to grow bags on your patio. For your new beds look at some easy to grow options first. Spinach, Kale and Broccoli are all quite simple to maintain and you can witness them growing quite easily. Fruits such as strawberries and raspberries are really popular amongst most children and again, grow freely without too much support. The most exciting vegetables to grow are the ones who keep their bounty hidden until you pull them up. Potatoes are incredible pulled straight from the ground and placed on your plate. Carrots are easy for little hands to pull from the ground and onions are also a little piece of magic to watch appear from the soil.
If you encourage the children to nurture them from seedlings they will be so proud come the summer when it’s time to get harvesting. This is a brilliant way to teach your children about healthy eating all year round. It’s also a great way of installing a more natural way of life, where they don’t just rely on modern conveniences to get them through life.
Try making soups if they aren’t too keen on certain vegetables. You can hide an onion in a vegetable soup but still get the joy from knowing you are all eating something that has zero carbon footprint and was brought into the world by you!