Planning Your Kitchen Garden

Getting Started

Welcome to the second instalment of our kitchen gardening series! Now that you’re eager to dive into the world of homegrown produce, it’s time to lay the groundwork for your kitchen garden. Planning is key to success, and we’re here to guide you through the process step by step.

Why Planning Matters

Before you start digging in the dirt, it’s essential to take a moment to plan out your kitchen garden.

Planning helps you make the most of your space, optimise sunlight exposure, and ensure that your plants thrive. 

Why Kitchen Garden Planning Matters

Plus, it sets you up for success and makes gardening a more enjoyable experience.

Selecting the Right Location

The first step in planning your kitchen garden is to choose the perfect spot. Look for an area in your yard that receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight per day. Most vegetables and herbs need plenty of sunlight to grow and produce a bountiful harvest.

Selecting the Right Location for Your Kitchen Garden

If you’re limited on space, don’t worry – you can still grow a variety of plants in containers on a sunny balcony or patio.

Consider proximity to your kitchen as well. Having your garden close to your home makes it easier to access fresh herbs and vegetables when cooking meals. Plus, it’s convenient for watering and tending to your plants regularly.

Assessing Space & Sunlight Availability

Once you’ve identified a potential location, it’s time to assess the space and sunlight availability. Take note of any obstructions that may cast shadows on your garden, such as trees, buildings or fences. These can affect the amount of sunlight your plants receive and may need to be trimmed or adjusted accordingly.

Measure the available space to determine how much room you have for planting. Consider the size of the plants you want to grow and space them accordingly to allow for proper airflow and growth. Keep in mind that some plants, like tomatoes and cucumbers, may need support structures like trellises or cages, which require additional space.

Choosing Between Raised Beds & In-Ground Planting

Now that you have an idea of where your kitchen garden will be located and how much space you have to work with, it’s time to decide between raised beds and in-ground planting.

Kitchen Garden Space-saving Ideas

Raised beds are popular options for kitchen gardens, especially in urban areas or where soil quality is poor. They offer better drainage, warmer soil temperatures and can be easier to maintain. Plus, they provide defined boundaries for your garden, making it easier to manage and control.

On the other hand, in-ground planting is a traditional method that works well in larger spaces with good soil quality. It allows plants to spread their roots freely and access nutrients from the ground. In-ground gardens require less initial investment but may require more maintenance, such as weeding and soil amendments.

Final Thoughts

Congratulations! You’ve taken the first steps in planning your kitchen garden. By selecting the right location, assessing space and sunlight availability, and choosing between raised beds and in-ground planting, you’re well on your way to creating a thriving garden that will provide you and your family with fresh, homegrown produce all year round.

In next month’s article, we’ll dive into our Autumn Planting Guide NSW. We’ll provide timely guidance on cool-season crops for autumn planting and offer tips on protecting your plants from frost and cold weather.

Until then, happy planning and happy gardening! 🌱

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