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Home Beekeeping

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Kitchen Garden Store

Learn to preserve the produce you grow in your home kitchen garden. This home canning starter kit includes everything you need to can your first batch using the boiling water bath method for high-acid foods. Find it and other canning supplies at the Home Kitchen Garden Store.

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Your Home Kitchen Garden

Do you have a home kitchen garden? Do you grow your own vegetables, fruit, and nuts? If not, then this web site can help you get started. If you do grow your own produce, Your Home Kitchen Garden aims to help improve your production. We’ll explore a variety of approaches to designing gardens, preparing soil, planting, harvesting, preserving, storing, and even cooking with the produce you grow.

Need Encouragement?

Stop making excuses! Managing a home kitchen garden can be far easier than it may seem. Yes, some folks get very involved with gardening, learning best practices and working at it religiously. Others do the bare minimum necessary to make things grow. The important thing is to do something. There are several compelling reasons you should have your own home kitchen garden:

A Home Kitchen Garden…

…produces better produce than you can buy in a grocery store

…produces food at a far lower cost than what you pay in a grocery store

…provides an opportunity to create something unique and personal

…can be “green,” thus helping to reduce your carbon footprint

…can be attractive—adding an appealing accent, or centerpiece to your yard

…offers a means of escape from whatever annoyances you face in your job or personal life

…broadens your potential social outlets as you join gardening groups and on-line forums

…gives you a reason to have a compost pile, reducing your cost of disposing of garbage

You can start very simply with one or two types of plants. When you experience the satisfaction, you might feel compelled to extend your reach; your garden may get bigger each year, and one day you’ll realize you’ve become a skilled gardener without even trying.

But Where Will It Fit?

For many, the question of where to put a home kitchen garden is daunting: when you live in an apartment or a small house in a city, there aren’t many options. But there are still things you can grow to eat. In fact, if you have a place where you can grow a houseplant, that houseplant could be vegetables, herbs, or fruit. A balcony can serve as a small kitchen garden—windowsill planters, flower pots, and even hanging plant bags can dress up a balcony and provide harvests throughout the summer.

If you’re lucky enough to have a yard—even a very small yard—your options increase: you might be able to plant directly in the soil, you may need to build raised beds to create viable planting areas, or you may need to rely on flower pots and large buckets to contain your crops… still, one–or several–of these gardening strategies will fit in nearly any yard. The most ambitious gardeners may invest in a lawn tractor with a plow attachment to create and manage a huge garden plot—or they may erect greenhouses so they can grow produce year-round, even in temperate or down-right cold climates. Your Home Kitchen Garden blog is about all of these kitchen gardens.

Gardening Skills Needed

Here is, perhaps, the greatest obstacle for starting a home kitchen garden: If you’ve never planted and grown anything, you may not feel qualified to grow food. And, sadly, most of the instructional material available is very thin. Articles abound that tell you what to do, but fail to explain how to do it: Remove the sod, and turn over the soil underneath, mixing in sand and humus, if needed to break up the clay. If you’ve never held a shovel or worked soil, is this really enough information to get started?

So, while Your Home Kitchen Garden will present information and ideas for all gardeners of every skill level, we’ll regularly include articles, videos, and links specifically for beginning gardeners. We’ll go step-by-step, and explain why we’re making the recommendations we make. Please join us: Visit Your Home Kitchen Garden often, and ask questions! If you have information you’d like to share—even if you want to contradict our suggestions—we welcome the input.

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