Grow a Pizza Garden

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Pizza, like money, doesn't grow on trees--but you can grow a pizza garden and grow some of your own pizza ingredients for some delicious homemade pizzas. A pizza garden is also a great way for you to involve kids in the garden and they benefit from learning about cooking and seeing that pizzas don't magically appear at your front door. A pizza garden can be a large garden if you have the space or can be grown on a balcony, porch or deck. 

Recently, at a plant sale, I came across this "pizza garden kit" (pictured above) grown by the Garfield Park Conservatory. It consists of flat leaf parsley, basil, tomato and a bell pepper plant; the basic ingredients for a small pizza garden. I will plant it in a large planter for my little nephew who likes to "help" in the garden. I mentioned in the post about direct seed sowing that I don't recommend planting plants in the ground that you plan to eat if you haven't had your garden soil tested. To save time, money and a trip to the hospital, grow your pizza garden in a raised bed or container garden. 

If you don't have the luxury of buying cell packs already organized by a pizza garden theme make sure you're buying sauce tomatoes. Don't forget about companion plantings when choosing plants for your pizza garden; chives, thyme, rosemary, eggplants, oregano would also make good additions to your garden.  

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  • What a cool idea! This would be a great little project for a kid. Watch out for the oregano, though. That stuff spreads like crazy. It has taken me years to pull up all of the wild oregano plants someone planted in my yard before I moved in. It even started growing in my lawn.

  • In reply to JaneH:

    Hi Jane,

    Sorry I didn't get around to replying to you but thanks for stopping by and commenting. It means a lot to me.

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