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Walled Garden Series: The Kitchen Garden

In our second instalment of the Walled Garden Series, we will be discussing the idea of implementing kitchen gardens into your client’s home. Aside from keeping the food bills down, there’s nothing more satisfying and healthier than having fresh ingredients in the kitchen, especially when they’re from your own garden. Kitchen gardens are getting ever so popular, so if you’re client is looking to have one grown in their home, it’s important to make sure they can take on the maintenance after your work is done.

From growing herbs in hanging baskets, to adding salads and vegetables among the flower beds, to creating a plot in one aspect of the space, there are many approaches to helping your client harvest their own vegetable garden.

Starting a Kitchen Garden

If you have a client who is contemplating having a vegetable plot in their home, you should be urging them to make a final decision, as now is the ideal time to begin putting it together. It’s always important to think about the size of the client’s garden when suggesting edibles to them. Though they may be excited by the idea of growing a kitchen garden, they also need a realistic awareness of what they can grow in the space that they have.

The best Position for a Kitchen Garden

It’s obvious that vegetables will benefit most from an open, sunny spot, particularly morning sun, but your client may be somewhat unaware. It’s best to discuss the options as to where would be best to place the kitchen garden, as your client may have other ideas in mind.

Luckily, some plants don’t rely as much on light. Proposing the idea of cherries, blackberries, raspberries and blackcurrants are suitable for gardens that have less access to light as others. These would make a good compromise for those who would love to grow edibles, but don’t have an ideal place for doing so. Wind protection is also important, but that’s why growing them in a walled garden is ideal.

What edibles are best for a Kitchen Garden?

Again, this comes down to the client’s situation. Firstly, check the pH levels of the soil to determine what can be grown, then talk to your client about their favourite edibles, including herbs, how much time they must tend to them, and then go from there. This should give you a better idea of narrowing down what can be planted in the kitchen garden, climatic conditions and be narrowed down to your client’s favourite choices.

Types of Beds for a Kitchen Garden

If the clients soil isn’t of the best quality, raised beds with bought soil would be ideal when creating a kitchen garden. They are easy to drain, will increase the temperature of the soil, can prevent the soil from compacting and the sides of the bed keep soil safe during heavy downpours.

Another great thing about going with raised beds is that you can have them designed them to your client’s taste. Whether it be made with faded wood, brick or stone surrounds or woven willows, there are many options to work with for you client.

Mix up the Kitchen Garden

Remember, the kitchen garden doesn’t just have to have edibles. You may find that you client will like the idea of mixing edibles with flowers for a floral vibe. Ladybrook Nursery have a wonderful supply of stock that are sure to go in line with your client’s ideas and goals for their kitchen garden. Have a look at our plant library to see what might be suitable for your next project and get in touch to see how we can help you provide the best botanical service for your business.

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