With a lot people preferring to live in the city, there’s a growing desire to eat healthy and clean. That said, people have developed a culture to grow a few things in the backyard or even balcony where there’s one. Apart from the urge to eat healthy people have been practicing “kitchen garden farming” as it’s commonly known for reasons such as; the urge to save a few bucks on shopping, lack of resources, the fear of eating food grown on sewage, lack of enough resources such as land in an urban life setting and for some, it’s a way of decorating their environment by going green.
Whatever you reason for the good initiative is, a little creativity will help you reap the full benefits of your gardening. Let us now delve into some of the awesome ideas I have to share with you.
Heart-shaped box (love behind the kitchen)
This a great way to have a few vegetables grows in the yard with minimal space and in a fun little shape, too! All you might need is wood to construct the structure and hold the soil together. You could as well buy a shaped container to hold the soil. You can also edge the vegetable bed in a small fence to enclose the vegetables and maintain the shape of your creatively designed garden.
Children’s vegetable garden
You don’t want to have gadget addicts and you want to eat healthy? There’s a way for you to achieve these two desires all at once. This is where you create an accessible farm in your yard where your kids can do planting of vegetables as part of their leisure activities. This not only helps save on a few bucks. It also helps your kids develop an interest in healthy eating, reduce time spent on their gadgets and just develop love for nature. Since plant growth takes time and lots of TLC (Tender loving care), farming builds disciplines of patience and kindness in your children. Studies have also shown that doing “boring” things brings forth tolerant children and improves their attention span. Hence, the idea of a vegetable garden is a great way to achieve a wide variety of healthy practices not only in terms of what you eat but what you practice socially. So, get down to it and set of something fun for your kids and friendly to your budget.
In the modern set-up, one might have quite a spacious balcony and if you’re wondering what you can do with it, I got you covered. From personal experience, I know most people in cities crave a green and cool environment. Well, you can have this dream come true right behind or front of your apartment; right on your balcony. The busy balcony can be a great venture especially with cherry tomatoes, strawberries, kale and spinach, even potatoes! You can also plant quite a number of flowers and house plants to improve the ambiance of that lonely space. You want to be in a setting where you don’t need to walk a mile to feel the green magic and there’s no better way to do that than having a busy balcony.
This is the easiest kind of kitchen garden design to implement. There’s not much to it, but a simple wooden design which you can make on your own given the materials. In such a design you can plant as many vegetable varieties as possible, maximizing on the available space.
Author – Felix Mbaka alias Munene Email – Mbakafelix5@gmail.com Contact- +254718 288 778 / +254718 901 797
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