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How to start a kitchen garden

entertainment Updated: Jan 26, 2011 00:55 IST

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Here are a few points that need to be kept in mind before starting a kitchen garden.

1 Spot checking: First, keep in mind what sort of space can you devote to your kitchen garden. Before zeroing in on a spot, watch it for a day and see how much sun it gets. Make sure there are no trees that block sunlight.

2 Choose the plants: The next step is to choose your plants. Keep in mind the food you usually cook and plant a variety of herbs. You can also have fun experimenting with those that are not easily available in the market.

3 Play favourites: Before choosing vegetables, think which are your favourite. Accordingly, select vegetable plants. Also decide whether you want to buy plants that are sprouted or you would start from seed.

4 Lay it out: The next step is to make a layout. Take a graph paper and draw out your garden plan. Sketching your garden on paper will leave no room for mistakes.

5 Colour-coded: Outline your garden space on the graph. Colour areas that get full or partial sunlight in different shades and mark which plant will be placed where. Once you are done, you can always scrap plants that you think are not very important.