When homeowners express interest in a classic-style kitchen, it’s often a sure sign that they really want to use it in a traditional way. This can include a lot of cooking, baking and grilling, and what’s better than some super fresh ingredients to throw into the mix. Having some tasty plants on hand may seem like a pipe dream for those with smaller kitchens, but you might be surprised at how much you can achieve. In this article, we will take a closer look at three plants that will be easy to grow in your new kitchen.
1. Leafy greens
Many classic kitchen designs allow space for open or closed storage near the main food preparation area. Maybe there is an area near a window where a tiered plant stand can be found to get multiple plants growing in the same footprint. Leafy greens are easy to grow in this type of kitchen garden environment. Of course, the classic is leaf lettuce, but don’t forget about spinach and arugula. Get a white root for your plant, put it in a glass jar and fill with water up to the bottom of the stem. Then place the jar in some sunshine and wait for the magic to happen. Add extra water as needed, and in a few days, you’ll notice your new plant sprouting leaves. Then transfer your plant to a pot filled with some nutrient rich soil and be ready to harvest some fresh leafy greens in 3-4 weeks.
2. Mint varieties
Mint is a fantastic ingredient to grow in the kitchen, it can be used in many recipes, and it smells clean and fresh. Growing any type of grass will require a certain degree of attention, and they can dry out quickly so pay attention to their watering needs. There are many different varieties of mint available to grow, and all will bloom indoors. Mint can be grown from a starter plant, or if you have more patience, you can grow the plant from seed. When watering any herbs use a spray bottle of water and avoid saturating the soil. Mint can be harvested with a pair of kitchen scissors, and the plant will grow back quickly. This means that you can have access to fresh mint anytime you want.
3. Growing potatoes indoors
This may seem like a strange addition to this list, people typically think of the potato as a plant that is grown exclusively outdoors. However, potatoes can be grown indoors, and are much easier to grow than you might imagine. All you need to get started is a potato from the store, cut it into pieces and let those pieces dry for at least a few days. Then you can plant those potato pieces in old compost that contains lots of nutrients. Water with a watering can and use an organic fertilizer that is safe to use on a food plant. Potatoes can be grown in upright bags against an available kitchen wall, and you can trim back the leaves to promote greater root growth. When you are ready to harvest, take the bags outside and empty the contents to get to the fresh organic potatoes and repeat the process.
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