Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start planning an edible, kitchen garden. If you don’t have a yard to garden in, it’s easy to grow plants in containers or window boxes. Often, gardeners plant vegetables and then decide what dishes to make with them.
What if you reversed that idea?
What if you decided what you wanted to make first, and then you planted a garden based around those dishes or how you wanted to use the vegetables? If you do it that way, you’ll be sure none of what you grow will go unused, unless you end up with a bumper crop, of course. If you do, there will always be someone willing to take fresh vegetables off your hands.
Pizza garden – Tomatoes, sweet onions, garlic, basil, and oregano are in all of the best pizza sauces. They are also vegetables and herbs that grow in just about any region. Zucchini, red onion, eggplant, peppers and scallions make great pizza toppings. If you eat a lot of pizza, a pizza garden will help you improve the quality and nutrition of your pizzas. Check out this Roasted Tomato Pizza Sauce recipe that uses garden fresh vegetables.
Grilled vegetable garden – If you do a lot of grilling in the summer, you know that grills aren’t just for meats. Plan to put lots of vegetables that do well on the grill in your garden like big tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, yellow squash, asparagus or corn. You’ll never be at a loss for a side dish for dinner. You’ll be able to walk over to the garden, pick some fresh vegetables and grill them right up. If you’re unfamiliar with grilling vegetables, take a look at this Vegetable Grilling 101 page.
Fall decoration garden – When the end of September comes and you head to the farm stand or store to grab pumpkins, gourds, and corn stalks to decorate your home with, you can end up spending a small fortune. Consider planting a garden that grows lots of fresh vegetables to eat and a few vegetables to decorate with. You’ll have a garden that lasts well into fall. You’ll be able to make fresh pumpkin pie or butternut squash soup. You’ll also have free decorations for the outside of your home in the fall. Plant pumpkins, butternut squash, decorative cords, and corn in the spring and come fall, you’ll be very glad you did.