How to Design a Kitchen Garden for 1 or 2 People

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When designing a kitchen garden for one or two people, only grow two of each plant, choose a variety of herbs and vegetables, and avoid going overboard with the amount of plants. Grow only vegetables, fruits and herbs that will be eaten regularly when designing a kitchen garden with helpful advice from a sustainable gardener in this free video on gardening.

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we are going to talk about How to Design a Kitchen Garden for one or Two People. Now, it's so rewarding to grow your own fruits and vegetables and herbs, and that way, you have a constant supply of food and you never have to think too much about what's for dinner. You can just go out and look what's in bloom, you can just go outside and see what's available and make a wonderful salad from your own garden. When I'm designing a kitchen garden, I want to make sure an only plant, the plants I'm likely to use. For example, brussel sprouts are very easy to grow and you just start them in the Spring and they come up and make a huge plant with big stalks with lots of brussel sprouts. My parents love them too so their always a plant that you can give away to other people. Now tomatoes are always used in my garden. You cannot have too many tomatoes, and it's nice to have them bloom Spring through Fall. Broccoli and carrots are also great choices. And even asparagus is a great choice for planning your garden. But don't forget all the different herbs that you can grow too. Whether it's thyme or rosemary or garlic or onions. There are so many different types of herbs that you should include in your kitchen garden. When you are designing a kitchen garden for one or two people, don't go overboard. Only do one or two plants of different plants and make a combination. That way you don't have too much of one thing and you'll have a constant supply. And yet, always try maybe two or three plants in case one doesn't make it. But that way, you'll have lots of choices in your garden and you won't be overwhelmed by any one plant. And mix it up. You can have herbs right next to your garlic and your tomatoes and your different types of arugala, because it doesn't matter. Whatever looks good and tastes good to you belongs in that garden. Make sure and put the taller plants in the back and the smaller plants in the front. If you live in a mild climate, it might not be worth trying to grow oranges if it's too cold. If you live in a really warm climate, then you can grow oranges or lemons right into your kitchen garden. But, be realistic and do some research and find out what grows in your area the best and go to the garden center and start things by seed or by plant. You'll find that by just mixing and matching you'll have a beautiful set of plants that you can enjoy all Summer through Fall.

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