Nothing goes together like the garden and the kitchen and these tips will help you get the most out of both!
- After steaming or boiling vegetables save the water. Allow it to cool completely and use it to water your plants. You’ll be amazed at the way your plants react!
- Baby vegetables are great in recipes. Don’t be afraid to pick some tiny carrots, zucchini, eggplant, and corn to add to your cooking.
- Save banana skins and let them dry outside then bury them around the stems of your tomato plants. You can also puree the banana skins with a little water and pour the liquid around the tomatoes.
- Save time by mincing jalapeno and other hot peppers and storing them in the freezer. You can easily add a little to recipes that you want to punch up a bit.
- Dehydrate tomatoes, zucchini, peppers, and onions and seal in an airtight container for a soup base. Add the vegetables to some stock and add chicken or beef cubes for a great meal.
6. Blood and bone meal will keep rabbits and groundhogs away from your garden. And they’re great fertilizers!
7. Here are 10 vegetables that are super easy to grow in pots:
- Salad greens (lettuce, rocket/arugula, Mizuna etc)
Asian greens (bok choy, tatsoi etc)
Spinach (English spinach & silver beet)
Roots (radish, beetroot/table beet, turnip)
Bush bean/wax bean/French bean/haricot
Tomato & eggplant/aubergine
Hot peppers, red, yellow, and green peppers
- Save eggshells to improve garden soil. Just wash the shells, drop them into a blender or food processor and grind them to a powder. Then sprinkle the powder on the soil around calcium loving plants and work it in a little. A word of warning: when you remove the cover of the blender you’ll get a waft of less than pleasant smelling powder.
- Use empty plastic 2 liter bottles to make mini greenhouses for herb seedlings. Cut the bottom half off a clean bottle and turn it upside down over your starter pots after you’ve planted the seeds and watered. Put the mini greenhouse in a sunny spot and watch your seeds sprout like crazy.
- Try planting new vegetables and using them in new recipes. It will open up a whole new adventure in the garden and the kitchen!