Simple steps to make a kitchen garden in Kenya
This is an opportunity for every rural family to make a kitchen garden in Kenya. Just as the name indicates, a cone kitchen garden is a type of garden that resembles a cone, like that of an ice-cream holder. It consists of arranging soil in a conical shape above the ground to create more space for crop growing. Cone kitchen garden is efficient in that it allows for mixed cropping since different species of crop are grown on different layers.
Materials and procedure of constructing a Cone kitchen garden in Kenya:
- Polythene sheet: It should be the heavy one, commonly called the dam-liner in local hardware.
- Alternatively, you can use old circular containers that have different circumferences in a manner that they can be concentric.
- Site identification: Chose a site that receives sufficient direct sunlight throughout the day and well drained.
- Mark the middle point of the garden site, and arrange the containers/polythene in layers, "one inside and above the other" until you make a height of around 5 feet. Use wooden pegs to mark the radius of each container/polythene. 2.3 feet radius is recommended for the outermost circle.
- The Second circle should have a smaller radius than the outer, and likewise for all inner circles.
- Keep filling in the soil in that process until you reach the maximum height that you can operate comfortable (depending on your height).
- After you fill the soil, water it sufficiently and give it at least 12 hours to settle down before you transplant. If there are empty space due to the settling down, make sure you refill before transplanting.
- Plant vegetables that are on high demand in your house or in your neighborhood.
- Regarding the soil, mix red soil with manure in the ratio of one is to one. Use manure from any source, just ensure that your manure is well decomposed.
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By following these short steps, you can make your own kitchen garden and produce enough food for your family using the best farming practices.