In times when our mental and physical health has taken a beating due to stressful work from home schedules and lockdowns induced by the pandemic, there has been a growing concern about staying in the pink of health. Since we cannot freely go out and buy those fresh fruits and veggies often, while our gut craves for a healthy meal, there is still an opportunity to get those lush green veggies, fresh mint, basil leaves, luscious tomatoes, lemons, crunchy capsicums and quality brinjals. Now as a wholesome palette of vibrant coloured vegetables have stumbled in your imagination, it is explicit that we are talking about making a kitchen garden at home. Moreover, a vocational activity like gardening at home will also break the vicious limbo of work, eat, sleep and repeat and promote an organic way of living. It will refresh your mind! Furthermore, when you’d see these little friends growing in your backyard, terrace or kitchen window, then it will fill you with a sense of contentment as you will be ticking on healthy eating habits.
From the pot that you use to grow seeds to the choice of place where you keep your plants, all this factors in while steadily growing kitchen garden. Indoor plants need adequate sunlight, water and air. Hence place them in such areas and cover them with mesh once you plant the seeds. The mesh will protect them from harmful sun rays and will keep intact the moisture element. For the choice of pots, go for recycled plastic bottles, which is an eco-friendly way to reduce carbon footprint. One can also use glass jars with broad openings to grow plants. Make sure the container that’s chosen has a hole beneath it for proper drainage when you water them. While watering your little buddies, make sure you do not water them in access. Such favourable conditions help in the quick growth of veggies.
A vocational activity like gardening a kitchen garden at home will also break the vicious limbo of work, eat, sleep and repeat and promote an organic way of living.
Just like every good recipe that’s going to simmer in your pot has a secret sauce that makes it delectable, similarly, composting is that secret element needed to grow a healthy garden. One can buy a regular packet of soil and blend it well with compost. The most optimum quality compost is usually dark in color, moist and finely brittle. If you manage to add humus(aged compost) then it will further benefit plant growth. After a rich textured soil is created and the seeds are sowed, do not forget to fertilize them once in a month. Some of the best plant fertilizers are banana peels, ground coffee, aquarium water, corn gluten meal, eggshells, weeds and other kitchen scraps from natural foods. They can be mashed and buried in the top layer of soil or can be sprinkled if they are in liquid quantity. Basically, look no further than your own dustbin to seek such waste materials which is a saviour for plants. This way you can also recycle loads of waste on your own and contribute to the environment.