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.