Kitchen Garden: It’s About Thyme (And More)

What Is a Kitchen Garden?

To Wikipedia, a kitchen garden is many things, but to me, it is one simple thing.  My kitchen garden is where I go to get the herbs I use for cooking.   It could also be called an herb garden, but because I use these plants specifically for cooking, I call it my kitchen garden.

Are They Easy To Do?

A kitchen garden is one of the easiest and most rewarding ways to start gardening.  It can be a simple as a basil in a small pot on your window sill to a large, elaborate garden.  How far you take it is up to you.  But either way you’ll be hooked the first time you taste and smell the difference fresh herbs can make in your cooking.

How Do You Start One?

Here is the step by step on how to plant a simple kitchen garden:

  • Select the herbs you like to cook with.  I found mine at Nordic and Nopalito Nurseries.   I have chosen basil, thyme, dill, marjoram, and oregano.  You can also start them from seed, but that’s another post.

  • Find a container that will be large enough for the herbs you’d like to cook with.  I tend to plant several different herbs in one pot, so I need a large pot.

  • Fill your container with soil.  I have used recycled potting soil, filling the contaier about 3/4 full.  At this time I also mixed in some Dr. Earth’s organic fertilizer to give the plants a boost.

 

  • Insert your plants into the pot.  I plant mine very densely because I know I’ll be keeping them pruned as I use them and I’ll be feeding them regularly.

 

  • Fill the remaining space in the pot with soil and cover the roots.  Leave about an inch of pot rim showing above the plants to catch water.  Also, don’t forget to label your plants!

 

  • Find a convenient location.  I suggest you place it as close to the kitchen as possible, so you can dash out while cooking if you forgot an herb.  On the left is where I placed my kitchen garden, right outside my front door and within easy reach.

How Long Will a Kitchen Garden Last?

Below is my kitchen garden from last year.  It’s a little ratty, but hanging in there.  If you take care of your plants many herbs will last more than one year.

I encourage you to try your kitchen garden today.  It is a great way to get started on eating what you grow.  Enjoy!

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JuliePaul-Simko March 12, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Great post!!  My plan this year is to grow all my own herbs and dry them and jar them…so far I have lavender and rosemary drying in the garage….plan to make herbes de provence, first thing!

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Rebecca Simpson March 12, 2012 at 10:12 pm

Thanks Julie! 🙂 Every time I see a jar of herbs for $3-5 each I think… I could so do that myself! I love to cook with fresh herbs, but some are nice dried too.

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