From apples to zucchini, get tips on growing more of your own food from Kitchen Gardeners International. KGI.org is a nonprofit community of 25,000 people from over 100 countries. The site is free and has helpful tips for the beginner and new ideas for the more advanced gardeners.
Gardening is a wonderful family activity and KGI shows you how to start small. In addition to starting a kitchen garden, they have recipes, tips on canning and composting and lots of help for newbies.
Here is an excerpt from KGI, this is such a great resoirce!
“Choosing Garden Crops
The most important recommendation after “start small” is “start with what you like to eat.” This may go without saying, but I have seen first-year gardens that don’t reflect the eating habits of their growers — a recipe for disappointment. That said, I believe in experimenting with one or two new crops per year that aren’t necessarily favorites for the sake of having diversity in the garden and on our plates.
One of the easiest and most rewarding kitchen gardens is a simple salad garden. Lettuces and other greens don’t require much space or maintenance, and grow quickly. Consequently, they can produce multiple harvests in most parts of the country. If you plant a “cut-and-come-again” salad mix, you can grow five to 10 different salad varieties in a single row. And if you construct a cold frame (which can be cheap and easy if you use salvaged storm windows), you can grow some hearty salad greens year-round.
When it comes to natural flavor enhancers, nothing beats culinary herbs. Every year I grow standbys such as parsley, chives, sage, basil, tarragon, mint, rosemary and thyme, but I also make an effort to try one or two new ones. One consequence of this approach is that I end up expanding my garden a little bit each year, but that’s OK, because my skills and gastronomy are expanding in equal measure, as are my sense of satisfaction and food security.”
A big thanks to my reader Tom for emailing me about this site!
How does your garden grow? I recently had auto drip lines put in my small kitchen garden. Things are looking up! The hand watering was a big fail for me. Having everything die in the 100 degree heat here recently was not a money-saving endeavor.
Are you a Tweeter? Stop by and say hi @morewless and I will follow you back!