The best garden type for you is a...
So what does this mean exactly?
Watch the video below for a brief description of your garden type and read on for some specific steps to help you start taking action.
Why is a KITCHEN GARDEN the best choice for you?
A kitchen garden will give you steady but manageable harvests of fresh vegetables throughout your growing season. A good kitchen garden is designed to match the flow of fresh vegetables that you need in your kitchen and not overwhelm you with loads of extra that you need to preserve, give away, or throw into the compost pile.
Based on your quiz responses, this is the best garden style for you because…
You want to enjoy regular harvests of fresh vegetables from your garden without having to worry about long term storage or preserving.
Your growing space is on the smaller side and you want to get the most value from it in return.
You are committed to being present in your garden consistently and would rather organize your garden work into frequent shorter sessions instead of fewer back breaking efforts.
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If that sounds like you, let's get to work!
Since we are on the same page now, I have lined up some specific suggestions to help you start to take the right first steps. Here are three tips for making your KITCHEN GARDEN work for you.
Select the right crops.
To produce a steady flow of food for your kitchen, select more vegetables that offer you a continuous harvest like cucumbers and fewer crops that have a single defined endpoint like winter squash. If you plant a bunch of slow growing crops, you will have little to eat throughout the summer, a whole lot of work waiting for you at the end of the season, and likely a significant amount of extra produce that you aren't prepared to handle or store. Avoid this problem by picking the more crops which give you harvests all summer long. Here are five continuously producing crops that would be a great fit for a kitchen garden:
Indeterminate tomatoes are a sub category in the tomato world used to group together tomatoes with stronger vining tendencies. This type of tomato is typically taller and will require some pruning attention and support from stakes or trellis, but it will kindly spread its tomato yield over many weeks.
Broccolini is a relatively new arrival in the world of vegetable breeding. It's often called sprouting broccoli as well, which is appropriate as it continues to grow new single stem broccoli shoots throughout the growing season with the added benefit of significant frost tolerance.
Pole Beans produce a much more gradual harvest than bush beans. They will need a trellis to perform well, but if you give them this support, they will reward you with a steady flow of fresh pods all season long.
Onions are a slow growing crop, but since they can be harvested and enjoyed at any stage of growth, they are a great fit for a kitchen garden even if you don't want to cure a bunch for long term storage.
Summer Squash is another crop that keeps on fruiting throughout the summer. Abundant yields are possible with steady pruning to help stimulate more flower production. Do not confuse this one with winter squash.
2. Know your numbers.
Know your numbers.
As a kitchen gardener, you want to keep up with the flow of fresh vegetables from your garden and not be burdened with the need to preserve a ton of extra food. You also want to make sure your garden is producing enough for you and your family to eat regularly. Planting the right amount of food is not a guessing game. With consistent growing methods and careful record keeping you can master the flow rates of the vegetables you grow and determine exactly how much space you should devote to each crop. Some extra time spent with the numbers can save you many hours wasted time in the garden.
There are likely quite a few crops you'll want to grow that don't just keep producing for you all summer long. Some grow relatively quickly and produce a nice harvest during a narrow window of time. Carrots and lettuce would fall into this category. You can enjoy fresh lettuce from your garden all summer, but you have to keep planting. This technique of using staggered plantings to spread out your harvest is called succession planting and once you realize you can play around with the timing of your plantings, the door is open to other techniques like relay planting and interplanting.
It's time to take action.
A good garden plan is critical to making this dream of yours a reality, so if you’re serious about growing your own food, I want to invite you to join us for our upcoming GARDEN PLANNING BLITZ.
In this live 4 part workshop, I will walk you through the process of defining your garden type, help you lay out your garden plan, and show you what it takes getting results you can count on. These training sessions are free and they will be taking place inside our online Classroom. Request an invitation below and I’ll send you everything you need to know to join in the fun!
Join us for the 2021 Vegetable Academy
SEED TO TABLE COURSE
A step by step guide to creating the vegetable garden of your dreams.
The Seed to Table course will help you navigate the wild world of vegetable growing so that you can approach your garden with confidence and finally achieve dependable results for your family.
Get to know your instructor...
Jared Regier is an urban farmer and educator from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan who is passionate about building a more sustainable future. He loves teaching people how to grow their own food because it is such a powerful vehicle for positive change in individuals and communities.
Today, Jared runs an award winning urban farm so he's obviously pretty comfortable in the vegetable world, but his life experience doesn't begin there. His first career as a high school teacher also helped him develop an ability to simplify and communicate complex ideas. So when the farm started to get noticed and people began to ask if they could learn how to grow vegetables like that in their own backyard, it was only natural for Jared to answer the call. Now, his teaching and farming experience have found perfect harmony here at the Vegetable Academy where he aims to put the knowledge and tools of the vegetable farmer in the hands of the home gardener.
Jared's approach to teaching is organized, logical, and light hearted. He loves to learn and enjoys passing on these lessons to his students and watching them experience success. His practical lessons are always rooted in first hand experience and/or scientific studies because there's no sense in passing on misinformation. Jared delights in helping others take responsibility for growing their own food, and the limitless number of learning opportunities in the vegetable garden are sure to keep this work interesting for years to come.