K: KITCHEN GARDENS
Herbs have many uses. They are known for their medicinal, aromatic, and insect-repellent properties, just to name a few. However, most people probably know herbs for their culinary uses. An herbal kitchen garden is one the most common themed gardens.
The herbs you’d want for a kitchen garden vary according to your own particular taste buds, coupled with the amount of space you have available, how much cooking you do, and what your gardening preferences are.
Many people are content with just one or two pots of their favorite herbs. Others have whole areas of the garden allocated to herbs they cook with. While having a large plot in the garden for herbs is nice, a smaller area close to the back door may have you using your herbs more. Quicker, easier access, just outside the backdoor is more convenient than having to traipse clear out back to the garden, especially if you have a pot just starting to simmer inside.
Some window sills are sunny enough to be a great spot for a few small pots of your favorites. Our kitchen window is on the north side, underneath a covered back patio. Not a drop of sunlight enters the kitchen, so this doesn’t work at our house. If the herbs don’t get enough sun, they’ll get thin, sparse and leggy. They won’t have as much flavor either.
What herbs are good for kitchen gardens?
Here’s a dozen of my favorite culinary herbs:
The University of California has a nice two page summary list with plant size, sun requirements, harvest times etc.: Basic Herbs for a Kitchen Garden
Here’s a good site with more in depth information about planting a kitchen garden: How to Plant a Kitchen Herb Garden
For those without a lot of room, here’s a good site: Tips for a Small-Space Kitchen Herb Garden