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Fresh vegetables at your door step.

ByChristine Gacheri

Oct 5, 2020

Kitchen gardens have been proven as one of the easiest and fastest ways households can ensure inexpensive, regular and handy supply of fresh vegetables, fruits, herbs and spices

They are many types of kitchen gardens such as;

1. Tire gardens 

Using a used tire, which would otherwise have been thrown, cut the top of the tire and leave the lower part. Then line the base of the tire with a silage plastic paper to help hold the soil and water.

It is advisable to put in small tables to hold the soil in place. Then fill up the tire with a mixture of soil and manure at the ratio of 1:1 and plant vegetable, herbs or spices that you want. You can have the tire garden raised up if you do not want to keep bending, especially for elderly people.

2. Key hole garden

It is a raised-up garden that has a shape of a roundabout and is ideal for people with big compounds. It is fenced around using stones and then you put locally available waste material, such as dried grasses, twigs or branches, at one foot.

Cover the materials with soil mixed with manure at 1:1 ratio at another one foot. The garden is ready and you can subdivide it to plant the kind of crops you want in your kitchen. This can support a family of six for daily vegetables for a month.

3. Oasis garden

To prepare an oasis garden, dig one foot deep, fence across with timber to hold the paper you put at the base. Once you put the paper, put a pipe that has perforation where the wicks absorb and transport water to the plant root. Then put soil, (preferably red forest soil, which is good for agriculture) and well-rotten mganure at 1:1 ratio. The width of the garden has to be one metre to give you enough space to work on the garden without much trouble, but the length can go as far as your space can allow.

4. Jerry can garden

Cut off one of the parts of the jerry cans and then put your soil and manure mixture of 1:1 ratio, and you can grow your vegetables, herbs or spices.  

5. Drawer gardens

If you have some drawers in the office or home that you are not using, don’t throw them away. The drawers can be used as small gardens to grow vegetables or fruits, such as strawberries.

Mix manure and soil in the 1:1 ratio, fill up to three thirds and then plant your plant. If planting strawberries, use mulch to help reduce water loss and also to keep the fruit clean.

6. Wick irrigation garden

Here, you use five-litre containers that are not in use in your home. Make a small wooden structure to help support the containers. Cut a third of the container which will be used to supply water to the plant, while the other part is used to plant the plant.

This is called wick irrigation because it uses highly absorbent materials to absorb water to the plant. Half the wick stays in the water and another half in the soil. You do not water the plant directly; the crop only absorbs water when it requires it

7. Corn garden

Using a used tire, which would otherwise have been thrown, cut the top of the tire and leave the lower part. Then line the base of the tire with a silage plastic paper to help hold the soil and water.

It is advisable to put in small tables to hold the soil in place. Then fill up the tire with a mixture of soil and manure at the ratio of 1:1 and plant vegetable, herbs or spices that you want. You can have the tire garden raised up if you do not want to keep bending,

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