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17 July 2013

{Coming up} A new series on Kitchen Gardening



Picture this -- a wide pot with fresh baby spinach, a tomato plant that gives you sweet cherry tomatoes, fresh mint and basil always at hand for that fresh mojito or to garnish your pasta dish, trays of lettuce from which you can make freshly plucked salads. Kitchen garden is never about having a big farm or a large garden space. Well, if you do, then you can be entirely self sufficient, but a small kitchen garden can even start on a window sill. All you need is sun, decent soil and a little time of your day and in no time you will be addicted. 

If you have any questions for me on kitchen gardening, please leave a comment below, and I shall try and answer those in the forthcoming series - which as of now, I think will be a fortnightly affair. I don't claim to be an expert in gardening. Far from it, actually! I would love to explore this topic and encourage more people to grow little somethings in their homes and gardens. It is an extremely fulfilling experience and I just want to share it with you! So please write back to me on what you would like to hear about :)

14 comments:

Revati said...

This s just what I need! Ive just moved into a new home, after a lifetime of living in apartments and one of the biggest reasons for my excitement is a little garden space. I have never gardened or grown anything, and the few times I have tried, i wasnt very successful. What plants do you recommend I begin with? Please suggest the most forgiving ones, that will flourish and make me feel like I can actually do this!

I live in Goa and we are in the throes of the coastal monsoon. Should I just start afresh once the rains are done?

Moon M. said...

How do I begin a no-fuss quick yield kitchen garden?

Prats said...

This is just what I neede. Will look forward to the posts. And can this container gardening be done in balconies with not much of light?

BlueMist said...

Wow thanks for this initiative. looking forward to it. I love growing up plants and don't want to make lack of terrace as an excuse. Want to know what can I grow in the pots as part of Balcony and also some tips on soil/watering/procuring seeds/ growing non indian herbs in kitchen garden.

indiaandworldcuisine.blogspot said...

hey! sunny poster and very precise, great

Srividhya said...

Pl give your tips - They are always easy to follow and implement. In BTW, will there be any issue of insects coming into the soil or pots if you keep them in balcony ? Otherwise looking forward to your series so that Can grow some essentials in the balcony space.

Veena said...

What a great idea Nandita... In Bangalore, did you have someone setup your terrace garden?? If so, could you give me the contact details...

Rama said...

Hi Nandita, we live in a high storey apartment in Bangalore and I tried growing plants in my balcony earlier. But, we have lots of pigeons in our apartment and they never allow the plants to grow (pigeons eat the plants????) . Please give some tips to tackle this pigeon menace......

Lakshmi Mohankrishnan said...

Hi Nandita, for starters, could you suggest how to grow vegetable with a life cycle from seed to harvesting. Sometimes small details like soil, water, sun, insects ( we have lot of ants) are not known and though plants do grow it doesnt last. Looking forward to your posts on this.

Archana said...

Great thought! Most of the comments already cover the basic questions about kitchen garden that I have... I am big fan of your blog and looking forward to this segment specially.
Thanks,
Archana

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saffrontrail said...

It was started by our builders themselves - not external vendors.

saffrontrail said...

Insects are part and parcel of any garden :) Will share what can be grown in balconies in the future columns!

saffrontrail said...

Too much rain can drown the seedlings and kill them. Better to keep them indoors in a sunny spot in small starter modules / pots until they have a few leaves, a strong looking stem, after which they can set outdoors to brave the elements.

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