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How to start a simple kitchen garden

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It’s a journey of sowing seeds, nurturing growth, and reaping the rewards, both for your wallet and your well-being.

Getting started

The first step in making your kitchen garden journey is planning. Assess your available space; is it a sunny windowsill, or a small balcony if you live in an apartment or a backyard? Understand your local climate, as this will dictate which plants thrive in your area. Start small and gradually expand as you gain confidence and experience.

Choosing the right crops

Selecting the right crops for your kitchen garden is crucial. Begin with vegetables and herbs that are expensive at the grocery store but flourish in a home garden. Tomatoes, basil, lettuce and green beans are excellent choices. These plants are not only cost-effective to grow but also enhance your daily meals with fresh, organic flavours.

Reducing waste

One of the benefits of a kitchen garden is the ability to harvest precisely what you need. No more wilted lettuce or spoiled tomatoes hidden at the back of the refrigerator. Pick your vegetables and herbs as you need them thus ensuring freshness and reducing food waste.


While a kitchen garden may not replace all your grocery needs, it can make a significant dent in your bills. Imagine the joy of reaching for homegrown herbs instead of purchasing expensive ones you had to grab on your way home from the supermarket. Or the satisfaction of preparing a salad with lettuce from your garden. It’s not just a way to save money, it’s a means to connect with the food you eat.

Sustainable living

In an age where sustainability is key, a kitchen garden aligns perfectly with eco-friendly practices. You reduce the carbon footprint associated with transporting produce from the village, minimise the need for harmful pesticides and contribute to a greener, healthier planet.

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