Premium Content

Developing the Culture of Kitchen Gardening in Pakistan

Print Friendly, PDF & Email


Kitchen gardening is reshaping the life of modern living. It refers to growing fruits, vegetables, and flowers in the available space around bungalows, galleries of flats, open terraces, and windows wherever the sunlight gets to plants. Sunlight is essential for the manufacturing of food in the leaves of plants. Soil, water, air and sunlight are required for food manufacturing by the plants. Therefore, select a place where the above elements will be available.

What can we Grow?

Next in line comes choosing the seeds. The best option would be to select disease-resistant varieties. In warmer climates, you need to cultivate the soil to a fine tilth and then sow the seeds at the depth. Seeds need to be planted in trays or flats indoors in cooler zones. In the case of the latter option, ensure you provide the seeds with sufficient overhead light, ensuring satisfactory germination and growth. Before planting the seeds out in the beds, the seedlings need to be hardened off. For this, place them outside for more extended periods each day so that they adapt themselves to the outside temperature. Some vegetables grow all year round, like tomato, eggplant, coriander, chilli, spinach, cluster beans, bhindi (lady’s finger), Chinese vegetables, etc. Vegetables to be grown in cool climates are – cabbage, cauliflower, fenugreek, radish, green peas, cowpea, carrot, bottle gourd, ridge gourd, bitter gourd, etc.

Plants can be grown without soil

Collect the organic matter like leaves of the trees, kitchen waste, dried organic matter, etc. and put it in the container. Water it sufficiently. Then put the seeds or seedlings in the container. Daily such organic matter should be added to the container.

How to grow Vegetables

The first step would be to dig the garden area to a depth of about 8-10 inches. However, ensure that you start digging only when the soil is wet enough. To check whether the soil is too wet, you need to squeeze together a handful of it. It is too wet if it sticks together in a ball and does not crumble under slight pressure by the thumb and finger.

Hence, Pakistan needs to educate its citizens in this regard. There is a dire need to develop the culture of kitchen gardening.  

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Latest Videos