Planning a rural kitchen garden on a large property
If you have a large property, you might be looking to take advantage of your extra space to have a large kitchen garden. It's a great way to save money on your produce bill while getting to eat food that you know has been grown fresh and picked straight from your garden. Here are few tips to keep in mind as you plan your garden.
Plan your food in zones
If you have a relatively larger garden, it can be hard to remember exactly where everything is in the garden. Try planning the garden in zones such as 'herbs', 'vegetables', 'berries' and 'fruits'. This will make it easier to do your regular gardening tasks such as planting seedlings, fertilising and pruning as you'll be able to find the plants that need attention at any time. It also makes it easier to find the food when you are looking for an ingredient for your recipes!
Think about the kinds of food your household tends to eat
There is no point in planting row after row of eggplant if that is a food that no-one in the house likes to eat. While you might be more tempted to try food if it has grown in your garden, it's generally a good idea to plant the most of the kinds of plants that you regularly eat, such as basil and tomatoes for fans of Italian style food.
Get some advice before you plant
Head into your local wholesale nursery and ask them what kinds of plants tend to do well in your area. You might find that, if your soil is challenging, such as being very heavy and clay based, spending some time doing soil conditioning before you get started can be a great way to maximise the yield and success of your garden.
It can also be a good idea to be honest with the nursery staff about how much time you have to spend gardening each week. They can give you some guidance on which species of your favourite plants might be more robust and easier to grow if you have limited time to tend to the garden each week.
If you are looking to start a rural kitchen garden, it's a good idea to spend some time planning the types and locations of plants that you will grow, as well as getting some expert advice on the best plants for growing in your area. A company like Din San Nursery can help.