Your Own Kitchen Garden

Have you been thinking about planting a kitchen garden this spring with vegetables and fruits you love to eat?

Food grown in your own garden will be fresher than anything you can buy — even from a farmer’s market. In many cases, it will be tastier, too. My favorites are just-picked, sun-warmed tomatoes and sweet peas straight from the pod.

Home-grown food is also cheap. If you start from seed rather than starter plants, it’s practically free. Growing from seed also gives you the option of many more plant varieties. It’s not that hard either, as this video from retrovore.com shows:

If you do go with starter plants, get yours from a local nursery that grows their own, rather than a big box store. Superstores don’t tend to have good controls in place for monitoring plants for disease. If you unwittingly buy diseased plants, you can not only ruin your own harvest but spread the disease to other gardeners and nearby farms. Just last year, diseased tomato plants bought by home gardeners at big chains ended up destroying tomato crops across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states.

Also, keep chemicals out of your garden. They’re not something you want on your food, seeping into groundwater or running off into rivers and streams.

Read my February column for NRDC, Kitchen Gardening — Not Just about the Food, to learn more and subscribe to This Green Life to get the column by email every month.

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2 Responses to Your Own Kitchen Garden

  1. Luck of Mother Earth March 4, 2010 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you! I am starting my very own garden for the first time this year! This is awesome. Any other tips you may have, I can't wait to read or see posted. I am documenting my journey with my own blog. Thanks again!

  2. Nancy July 5, 2010 at 12:00 pm #

    In New York, you can get potted herbs from farmers at the greenmarket.